From the Left



A cold war against China is won at home

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- The Trump administration's most significant and lasting decisions will be about U.S. policy toward China. Far more consequential than even the Supreme Court's composition or immigration policy is whether the 21st century will be marked by conflict or cooperation between the two most prosperous and powerful countries on the planet. ...Read more

The real victim of the Kavanaugh mess

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- The most consequential casualty of the recent confirmation battle is not Christine Blasey Ford or Brett Kavanaugh. It is the Supreme Court and, thus, American democracy. The court was one of the last bastions in Washington that towered above the political fray. It is now part of the dysfunction that has overwhelmed almost the entire ...Read more

Trump is hastening the arrival of a post-American world

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- President Trump's speech on Tuesday at the United Nations was an intelligent -- at times eloquent -- presentation of his "America First" worldview. He laid out an approach of pursuing narrow self-interest over broader global ones and privileging unilateral action over multilateral cooperation. But Trump might not recognize that as he...Read more

Fighting populism with emotion not analysis

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- When confronting a challenging problem, it's sometimes useful to listen to someone who looks at it from an entirely different angle. That's why I found it fascinating to talk about the rise of populism and nativism with Bono last weekend at a summit in Kiev. The Irish singer-activist-philanthropist sees the same forces that we all do...Read more

The threat to democracy -- from the left

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- For several years now, scholars have argued that the world is experiencing a "democratic recession." They have noted that the movement of countries toward democracy has slowed or stopped and even, in some places, reversed. They also note a general hollowing out of democracy in the advanced, industrial world. When we think about this ...Read more

Why the global growth story might be coming to an end

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- For those few people left who still believe Donald Trump is unconventional but canny, that there is a method to the madness, the revelations of this week should clarify. Bob Woodward's new book and The New York Times op-ed written by an anonymous official make plain that behind Trump's ranting, impulsive, incoherent and narcissistic ...Read more

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


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