(CNN)India is the most significant example of the benefits of positive foreign policy, but there are other important ones as well. Indonesia is Asia's next-most populous democracy — with the world's largest Muslim population. Here, too, America is deepening a relationship with a country that was once suspicious of Washington but is now far more welcoming of it — particularly of this president.
Zakaria: Time for positive foreign policy
The most remarkable opportunity presents itself in Mexico. Thirty years ago, Mexico was defined by its anti-Americanism. Politicians routinely blamed the U.S. government and CIA for everything from riots and disorder to bad weather. And it wasn't just the regime — the public shared in the suspicion of Yankee imperialists.
Today Mexico is a different country.