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There is only one way out of Afghanistan

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

EDITORS -- Fareed Zakaria is taking a one-month book leave. His next column will be sent Thursday, Sept. 6, for release Friday, Sept. 7. For substitute columns during his absence, go to, where you can browse our full offerings by clicking on the Syndicate tab. Open a column you'd like to use and click on the "Copy ...Read more

The Trump two-step: Bluster then retreat

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Listen closely. That sound you heard at Wednesday's joint press conference between the presidents of the European Commission and the United States was Donald Trump backtracking once again. This has become a familiar routine. It goes something like this: Begin by hurling insults at the other side, some of which have a basis in reality...Read more

U.S.-Russian relations might have been destined to deteriorate

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Donald Trump's press conference Monday in Helsinki was the most embarrassing performance by an American president I can think of. And his preposterous efforts to talk his way out of his troubles made him seem even more absurd. But what has been obscured by this disastrous and humiliating display is the other strain in Trump's Russia ...Read more

Trump knows the GOP base is ripe for an ideological revolution

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- President Trump's trip to Europe is being portrayed by both him and his critics as revolutionary. He tells us that he single-handedly and miraculously got members of NATO to increase their defense spending sharply. His critics claim that he single-handedly wrecked the Western alliance by sowing doubt and discord among America's ...Read more

An assault on meritocracy

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

LONDON -- In recent weeks, you might have heard about two seemingly unrelated issues that are actually quite connected. In New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio signaled his desire to scrap the highly competitive exam for eight New York public high schools, including Stuyvesant, and began taking more limited steps to admit more black and Hispanic ...Read more

Trump lost the battle on immigration, but will he win the war?

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Democrats are exultant that Donald Trump had to reverse his policy of separating immigrant families at the border. And there is good reason to celebrate: The policy was mean-spirited and unnecessary. But I do wonder whether this episode will prove to be as damaging to the president as liberals think. With this tussle, Trump sent a ...Read more

For China, Trump has been the gift that keeps on giving

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

LONDON -- "America will remain the world's dominant power in the 21st century only if it is the dominant Pacific power," the late Lee Kuan Yew often said to me. Lee, the founder of modern Singapore and one of the smartest strategic minds I have ever encountered, spoke about this issue late in life as he worried about the breakdown of the ...Read more

For Democrats the tide is still against them

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- With their successes this week in the California primaries, Democrats are increasingly optimistic about their prospects for the midterm elections. But they should take note of the bigger picture when it comes to left-right politics these days. Over the last decade, the center-left has been devastated electorally across the West. ...Read more

Steve Bannon's strategy for victory

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

ROME -- The Republican Party is facing dim prospects in the upcoming midterm elections. But it doesn't have to be that way, says Steve Bannon, the chief ideologist of the populist wave that brought Donald Trump into the White House. "If the Republicans continue on the path they are on," Bannon told me Thursday, "they will lose 40 seats in the ...Read more

Trump's true talent is marketing failure as success

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Donald Trump's recurring criticism of his predecessor is that he just didn't know how to make a deal. "Obama is not a natural deal maker," he tweeted in 2016, complaining that there was no accord on Syria. "Obama will attack Iran because of his inability to negotiate properly," he predicted incorrectly back in 2013. Trump was ...Read more

Teachers need more than appreciation

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Last week was Teacher Appreciation Week, and I intended to write on the subject, but a more newsy topic intervened. That's an apt metaphor for what is happening to the plight of teachers in America today. We live in a media environment in which the urgent often crowds out the important. But this week, I will stick to my plans.

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Trump has just proved Iran right

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Jeb Bush said Donald Trump would be a "chaos president." And this week, Trump lived up to the billing, choosing to defy virtually the entire world, including America's closest European allies, and raising tensions in the most unstable part of the globe, the Middle East.

It is hard to understand the rationale behind Trump's decision ...Read more

Why Trump is manufacturing an immigration crisis

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Donald Trump has claimed that the group of migrants that recently made its way from Central America to the United States symbolizes out-of-control immigration, lawlessness and violence besetting the country. "Getting more dangerous. 'Caravans' coming," he tweeted last month. This week, he added: "The migrant 'caravan' that is openly ...Read more

Emmanuel Macron's bid to save the West

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Emmanuel Macron came, saw and conquered Washington this week. But the French president is trying to do something much harder than generate buzz and goodwill. He is trying to stop Donald Trump from dividing the Western alliance and disrupting the (already turbulent) Middle East. Watching him at work -- flattering Trump, then politely ...Read more

America does have a 'deep state' -- of law

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- The most remarkable parts of James Comey's memoir are not about Donald Trump. We already knew most of the interesting revelations, and some of the others are gossip and color commentary. But in his discussion of the George W. Bush administration, Comey is far more revealing and highlights something crucial and hopeful about America -...Read more


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