Fareed Zakaria

Public SafetyDaily Camera

Fareed Zakaria: Cybercrime is putting us on the cusp of a digital pandemic. Here’s the way forward.

Are you ready for the next global crisis? Christopher Krebs, the former director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, said last month that we are already “on the cusp of a global digital pandemic.” He was talking about the explosion of cybercrime. FBI Director Christopher Wray concurs, explaining that the dramatic rise of this new form of crime has shaken the U.S. security apparatus much like the 9/11 attacks did in 2001.
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Middle EastDaily Camera

Opinion: Fareed Zakaria: The populist right is still robust. We can’t afford complacency on the left.

In 2017, a former Goldman Sachs banker launched a dating app called Hater, designed to match people according to their shared dislikes. It didn’t last long. That doesn’t bode well for the coalition that is set to form a new Israeli government, since it seems unified by little more than a shared hatred for current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. It is surely the strangest coalition in modern political history, comprising parties to the right of Netanyahu, the center, the left and even, for the first time, one representing Israeli Arabs. Could such a motley crew stay together?
Foreign PolicyDaily Camera

Opinion: Fareed Zakaria: Xi’s China can’t seem to stop scoring own goals

In a country that is divided on almost everything, one area of bipartisanship in the United States is alive and growing — fear of China. “The Chinese are eating our lunch,” says President Joe Biden. Republican Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri says they “are well on their way” to achieving their goal of world “domination.” Experts warn that China’s Belt and Road Initiative and vaccine diplomacy are bolstering its soft power.
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Secretary Antony J. Blinken On CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS with Fareed Zakaria

QUESTION: Joining me now is the Secretary of State, Antony Blinken. Welcome, Mr. Secretary. SECRETARY BLINKEN: Thanks, Fareed. It’s great to be with you. QUESTION: President Biden says that he thinks now that there is a ceasefire in – between the Israelis and Palestinians – there is a significant opportunity for even more positive developments, or a “genuine opportunity,” I think, if I’m quoting him correctly. And I’m wondering: Is there really? I mean, you have an Israeli Government that seems pretty unyielding. You have a Palestinian Authority led by an 85-year-old man who doesn’t – is too scared to hold elections for fear of what will happen. Hamas controls Gaza. Is there really a prospect of some kind of movement towards a genuine political solution?
Middle EastDaily Camera

Opinion: Fareed Zakaria: Middle East morality

It has been the same way for decades. Every time violence between the Israelis and Palestinians erupts, governments around the world urge de-escalation, a cease-fire agreement is reached, and experts warn that the situation cannot continue like this. But it has, and it will. Ultimately, this is not a problem that can only be resolved through moral persuasion.
ScienceDaily Camera

Opinion: Fareed Zakaria: Innovation is cause for pandemic optimism

The United States is entering a post-pandemic era. This is happening primarily because of the one aspect of this pandemic that differentiates it from all previous ones in history — the triumph of science. Within a year of covid-19’s outbreak, the world saw the emergence of several high-quality vaccines. This is truly breathtaking. A decade ago, the scientific consensus was that it took 10 to 15 years — and a lot of luck — to produce a vaccine for a new disease.
AfghanistanDaily Camera

Opinion: Fareed Zakaria: Islamist terrorism has faded

This weekend marks the 10th anniversary of the operation, code-named Neptune Spear, that killed Osama bin Laden. It’s an opportunity to reflect on the state of Islamist terrorism and radical Islam more generally. And the initial diagnosis is clear: The movement is in bad shape. Total deaths caused by terrorism...
Public HealthDaily Camera

Opinion: Fareed Zakaria: Hygiene theater

The pandemic has brought out the crazy in all of us. We’ve all been selective about the science we take seriously and the stuff we disregard. We’ve often been more moved by vivid anecdotes than scholarly studies. But I really start to worry when even the experts seem irrational. Consider...
Minnesota StateDaily Camera

Letters to the editor: Fareed Zakaria; Isolation; Derek Chauvin; weather

Once again Fareed Zakaria’s column was missing from the Sunday Camera. He is the most balanced, non ideological, intelligent and well informed columnist we have. Please return him. The column absent Sunday was about Americans, especially their government, acting foolishly out of fear. We have become a nation of Chicken...
U.S. PoliticsDaily Camera

Commentary: Fareed Zakaria: Time to leave Afghanistan.

“To govern is to choose,” a French prime minister once said, and this week, President Joe Biden made a difficult strategic choice. He announced a timeline for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, 20 years after they arrived. For several years, the United States had been unwilling to make a choice in Afghanistan, settling into a policy that was more a punt than a strategy. Biden should be commended for actually making a hard choice and not kicking the can down the road one more time.
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The Hill

Fareed Zakaria pays tribute to his mother after she died of COVID-19 complications

CNN host Fareed Zakaria paid an emotional tribute to his mother on Sunday after she died of complications from COVID-19. “We are approaching 3 million COVID deaths worldwide, and people have often pointed out that behind these statistics are individual human beings. This week, my mother, Fatima Zakaria, became one of those statistics,” he said on Sunday on his show “Fareed Zakaria GPS.”
Public HealthDaily Camera

Opinion: Fareed Zakaria: A key to COVID success

A few months after COVID-19 burst onto the world stage, it seemed clear why some countries were doing well and others poorly. Places that had strong, effective governments — China, Taiwan, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, Germany — suffered few deaths from the virus. Places with weak leadership and bureaucracies that were dysfunctional — the United States, Britain, Italy, Chile, Brazil — did poorly.
MilitaryDaily Camera

Opinion: Fareed Zakaria: The battle the Pentagon really knows how to win

On the eve of his visit this week to Asia, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin outlined his key concern. “China is our pacing threat,” he said. He explained that for the past 20 years, the United States had been focused on the Middle East while China had been modernizing its military. “We still maintain the edge,” he noted, “and we’re going to increase the edge going forward.” Welcome to the new age of bloated Pentagon budgets, all to be justified by the great Chinese threat.