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Trump's trade war is not working

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- President Trump has set off what could end up becoming a full-blown trade war. As we go down this path, it is worth keeping something firmly in view: Tariffs don't work. I'm not spouting free-market theory; I'm simply making a practical observation. There have been many efforts in recent decades to help industries in decline in ...Read more

U.S. needs to end the war with Afghanistan without losing the peace

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Donald Trump is clearly searching for a way out of Afghanistan. This week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo bluntly explained the president's directions to him: "End the endless wars. Draw down. Reduce." Trump's frustration with this long and inconclusive conflict is well-founded. Washington cannot simply keep doing what it has been ...Read more

Boris Johnson will accelerate the decline of Europe

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Britain has a new prime minister, and Donald Trump approves. "He's tough and he's smart," Trump said of Boris Johnson. "They call him 'Britain Trump.' And people are saying that's a good thing. They like me over there." In fact, according to YouGov, only 21% of Britons have a favorable view of Trump, while 67% have a negative view. (...Read more

The cancerous consensus in today's politicized Washington

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

You often hear that in these polarized times, Republicans and Democrats are deadlocked on almost everything. But the real scandal is what both sides agree on. The best example of this might be the defense budget. Last week, the Democratic House, which Republicans say is filled with radicals, voted to appropriate $733 billion for 2020 defense ...Read more

The road to another Middle Eastern war

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- The best illustration of the incoherence of the administration's strategy toward Iran came last week in a White House press release. "There is little doubt that even before the deal's existence, Iran was violating its terms," it read. The White House has not subsequently explained how a country can violate the terms of a deal before ...Read more

Why American conservatism failed

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Today's crisis of conservatism has produced surprisingly few books that try to understand what exactly has happened to the venerable creed. For decades, conservatism was a dominant ideology in the Western world, championed by Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan. Now it has quietly collapsed. Donald Trump's populism has taken over the...Read more

Democrats, the asylum crisis is real

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Given President Trump's mean-spirited and often bigoted attitudes on immigration, it pains me to say that he is right that the United States faces a crisis with its asylum system. Democrats might hope that the out-of-control situation at the southern border undermines Trump's image among his base as a tough guy who can tackle ...Read more

Hong Kong reminds us of China's fragility

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Last Sunday, according to organizers, about 2 million people marched in a Chinese city to protest an extradition bill that they labeled Chinese "tyranny." If accurate, it would mean that one in four Hong Kongers was out in the streets fighting Chinese encroachment. While it is difficult to predict what path this story will take, it ...Read more

America squanders its power

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- This week we watched an unusual spectacle. The foreign minister of Germany, one of the United States' closest allies, went to Tehran and announced that a European payment system, designed as an alternative to the dollar-based one, would soon be ready. This visit was made in coordination with Britain and France, both of which helped ...Read more

Trump is destroying three decades of hard work with Mexico

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Whatever the ultimate outcome of Donald Trump's conflict with Mexico, one consequence is already clear. He has undermined one of the most impressive American foreign policy achievements of the last three decades. Mexico used to be a reflexively anti-American country, radical and resentful toward its powerful neighbor to the north. ...Read more

The crises are over, but the fury remains

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Last week's election results for the European Parliament were mixed, which meant that every side could claim a victory of sorts. Right-wing populists did gain ground, but so did some decidedly left-wing parties like the Greens. The only clear conclusion is that the traditional parties that have dominated the continent's politics ...Read more

China's is having their Sputnik moment

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Many of us have been waiting for a new Sputnik moment, the point at which the challenge from China spurs America to get its act together. We may now be witnessing such a watershed, but in Beijing. The Trump administration's decision to blacklist Huawei -- the world's seventh-largest technology company -- might well be China's Sputnik...Read more

Trump's 'America First' philosophy has created a less stable world

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Donald Trump has seemed largely uninterested in foreign policy. He got excited briefly when he thought he could win a Nobel Peace Prize and hyped the danger of an imminent North Korean attack -- so that he could play the peacemaker. When it became clear that a deal was not to be had easily, Trump lost interest and scarcely mentions ...Read more

National service can mend the country

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

The following column is adapted from Fareed Zakaria's commencement address at Ohio State University on May 5, 2019.

NEW YORK -- It's graduation season in America and a good time to be leaving college and looking for a job. Despite this week's stock market tremors, the American economy is on solid footing. Now in its 120th month of ...Read more

The Trump whisperer promotes his dark worldview

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Understanding Donald Trump's foreign policy is a challenge, since the president has written and spoken little on the subject for most of his life. So how to make sense of his worldview? Is there a Trump Doctrine?

Michael Anton, a former Trump national security official, believes there is, and he explains it in a new essay in Foreign...Read more

A better strategy for Democrats than impeachment

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Consider, for a moment, what the growing talk of impeachment among Democrats sounds like to the tens of millions of people who voted for Donald Trump. Many of them supported him because they feel ignored, mocked and condescended to by the country's urban, educated and cosmopolitan elites -- especially lawyers and journalists. So what...Read more


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