December 2nd, 2011
05:06 PM ET

Watch GPS this Sunday: Zakaria's interview with Papandreou

We've got a great show for you this Sunday: The future of Greece & the euro zone; what's next in Iran; Washington’s pivot towards Asia; and Pakistan’s “memogate.”

First, I talk to former Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou. Should Greece drop the euro? Can Germany do more? What happens next? A video excerpt of our talk is above.

Then, an all-star GPS panel on Pakistan, Iran and Obama’s new focus on Asia. We've got Anne-Marie Slaughter, Ian Bremmer, Gideon Rose, and Nile Gardiner for a wide-ranging discussion on the world.

And finally – the man behind Pakistan’s “memogate” scandal. How a Pakistani-American businessman brought relations between Washington and Islamabad to a new low. I speak to the man in the middle – Mansoor Ijaz.

Be sure to tune in Sunday at 10a.m. and 1p.m. ET.

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  1. Carlos Asuncion Py

    All GPS sessions have beeb great, I've read your articles in Newsweek for ages... Congrats, Fareed

    December 2, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Reply
  2. Public Sector Pensions Are Europe's Biggest Problem

    The Europeans have made promises to their public sector unions at the expense of their already anemic private sector economies that simply cannot be kept. Tax the rich no longer means tax the rich. It means drawing the last bit of breath from the middle class who are unfortunate enough to be employed by what European socialists allow to exist as the private sector.

    It's a recipe for disaster.

    December 3, 2011 at 6:34 am | Reply
    • Idiotology

      I agree, a few code words can reduce complex ambiguous situations to easily digestible pablum. Without a doubt the simple solution is to wait until things worsen then reconstruct events to confirm what was obvious in the first place. Remember, you're always right (pun intended) if you're never wrong .

      December 4, 2011 at 9:59 am | Reply
      • roberts

        X*G/Y^s={34,45,67,34+2.3 ...within a few percentage points or so..} clearly this correct, and is always the right drachma...
        so you see it really is without doubt a quagmire of astronomical proportions/
        galaxies rev / and we swine lose it all in a single heartbeat.

        December 4, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
    • roberts lingingham

      The reason that we are in this mess is not for want of a better mission but that exponential growth of global population is driving the systems to the brink of despair./

      December 5, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Reply
  3. james davidson

    GPS programs are worthwhile but not always a "great show" EG. The Steve Jobs book interview .for half an hour said nothing really new. I had hoped great things from Fareed but most of the stuff is still thinking inside the box and inside the beltway. We need daring revolutionary thinking for our time. Who will provide it?

    December 3, 2011 at 6:58 am | Reply
    • jal

      To me, Fareed is the voice of reason and during times of chaos, that is better than gold.

      December 3, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Reply
  4. jal

    Take steps back in time. The Euro is not ready. Pushing it forward will lead to disaster.

    December 3, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Reply
  5. j. von hettlingen

    Papandreou said, "it's too little too late"! His erstwhile colleagues were short-sighted, they didn't tackle the problems and left them to their successors.

    December 3, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Reply
  6. Reggie Sinha

    Fareed brings a refreshing perspective with his interviews and his coverage of Iran, Pakistan and other ME/South Asia is a breath of fresh air. Today's talk on Pakistan's military incubating hatred and poison forces us to think of lessening our dependency on Pakistan. Here is one food for thought.

    1) Americans find themselves held in a hostage-like situation by Pakistan with over 100K soldiers in landlocked Afghanistan, dependent upon the extortionist mercy of the Pakistan army. The entire GOTUS/Pentagon/CIA/Stink tanks plead helplessly for continuation of this abusive relationship citing availability of no other better alternatives. Pakistan must be engaged, the reasoning goes, because they provide the logistical lifeline to our soldiers in Afghanistan no matter Pak Army kills our soldiers in the process. Things are changing though, we delude ourselves, with 70 percent supply now planned to be rerouted from the north of Afghanistan, and depending on Pakistan for only the remaining 30%. Humbug!
    2) The entire Pakistani chutzpah is built around this carefully cultivated "strategically located" country paradigm. A relic of British thinking, Americans have bought this line over the last sixty years subsidizing it with over quarter of PakMil’s annual budget. Take away this location, location, location leverage, and Pakistan's value to incubate terrorism worldwide.
    3) The challenge is how we can use India to help us wean away from Pakistan's machinations. Here's how.
    a) India should facilitate and arrange a four-way relationship between the USA, Afghanistan, India and IRAN (yes Iran!), to create a new supply line to Afghanistan, bypassing Pakistan completely.
    b) India has excellent relationship with all three countries and is uniquely qualified to bring about a rapprochement between the USA and Iran. Concessions from both sides will be required; Iran to reduce its support to anti-Israel groups in the ME, working on nuclear issues; the USA to reduce alleged assistance to Jundullah and working to improve relations with Iran.
    c) The key to start engaging with Iran is an alternate transportation link from Iran into Afghanistan. The Zaranj-Delarm road, on the main Herat-Kandahar Highway is key. Existing U.N. rules governing transportation of goods for landlocked countries provides international legal cover to all parties.
    d) Since Iran may not allow visible, direct U.S. warships/assets into Iranian territory, India to undertake all TDL (transportation, distribution and logistics) responsibility from Chabahar seaport in Iran right upto the Afghan/Iran border to Zaranj. Afghan/U.S. troops to take on responsibility from Zanjar – Delarm highway within Afghanistan.
    e) President Karzai would welcome this initiative. He has just thrown out Gilani/Pakistan as someone he can discuss peace and has offered a "strategic" relationship with India. Americans must stop demonizing Karzai. U.S. media has spent the last few years unnecessarily demonizing Karzai as a corrupt to a mentally deranged person without acknowledging that it is we who had bludgeoned him into silence from criticizing our so called non-nato ally Pakistan all these years. Immediately after Mullen's statements, Afghan govt. is now openly accuses Pakistan of terrorism in their country.
    f) This proactive Indian initiative can also bring about greater stability in South Asia and the larger ME. Win-win for all the four countries, Afghanistan, India, Iran and the USA while lessening our dependency on Pakistan’s ability to extort billions of U.S. dollars, which they turn around and use to kill Americans.

    December 4, 2011 at 10:49 am | Reply
    • Saba

      PAKISTANIS PRETEND AS INDIANS IN THE WEST to avoid being frowned at as Pakistanis in home and abroad have been caught in terror plots ( TIME SQUARE TERROR PLOT, MUMBAI TERRORIST ATTACKS had involvement of American living or Canada living Pakistanis ) BE ASHAMED NOW

      Khalid Sheikh Mohammad ( A Pakistani ) pitched ideas to BIN LADEN TO attack US by flying planes into buildings, BIN LADEN APPROVED THE IDEA

      SO A PAKISTANI MASTERMIND WAS BEHIND THE IDEA OF SEPT 11, 2001

      Pakistan has TAKEN 20 BILLION DOLLARS and yet it sheltered Bin laden for 5 years and allowed Haqqanis so that American soldiers get killed and get sent in body bags – THUS PAKISTAN HAS EARNED THE HATE from civilized world

      Pakistani civilian deaths are due to the Taliban that Pakistan created and the strategy backfired, PAKISTANI ARMY AND ISI ARE RESPONSIBLE

      STOP BLAMING INDIA AND ISRAEL AND EVEN AMERICA

      YOU WANTED AMERICAN MONEY, YOU BROUGHT INTO THE IDEA OF CREATING TALIBAN IN THE 1980'S

      YOUR SELFISH INTEREST IN HARMING INDIA BY BEING A US MERCENARY SEVERELY BACKFIRED AND STILL, WORSE STILL YOUR NATION SUPPORTS AND HARBORS TERRORIST GROUPS

      Pakistan is solely responsible FOR NOT BEING LOVED.

      December 5, 2011 at 3:59 am | Reply
    • Saba

      @ Reggie Sinha I meant " BE ASHAMED NOW" TO PAKISTAN , not you

      I agree with your comment

      December 5, 2011 at 4:02 am | Reply
  7. sumitra

    I have two comments. Mansoor Ijaz did not answer the last question adequately. Would the net impact of his op-ed piece be negative, by making the civilian government's efforts to rein in the S-branch of military subservient to it harder to accomplish? I don't think so. After decades-long subjugation of the civilian branch, this may serve as an unofficial opening which will encourage the non-military factions to launch a strategy, hoping that the powerful countries may wish to support them.

    Secondly, Mr. Zakaria, what's wrong with the symbols of a blender and a vacuum cleaner? I applaud the method of random selection. As a vacuum cleaner I, if elected, promise to clean up the messes made by others. As a blender, I will skillfully blend the ideas of different factions when possible and attain bipartisan accords more often.

    December 4, 2011 at 11:15 am | Reply
  8. John

    What the Greeks need to do is to leave the Eurozone, go back to using the Drachma and formulate it's own foreign policy, trying to establish some kind of peace between Israel and Iran instead of merely taking orders from Washington D.C.

    December 4, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Reply
  9. Saba

    PAKISTAN WAS NEVER AN ALLY

    hiding BIN LADEN FOR 5 YEARS IS NOT SIGN OF AN ALLY , IT IS SIGN OF AN ENEMY

    GETTING AID AND SEND HAQQANIS TO KILL AMERICAN TROOPS IS NOT SIGN OF AN ALLY

    PAKISTAN IS A TRAITOR AND ENEMY OF AMERICA

    December 5, 2011 at 3:55 am | Reply
  10. Saba

    STOP PAK AID STOP PAK AID STOP PAK AID STOP PAK AID STOP PAK AID

    stop BEGGING FOR AID

    20 BILLION DOLLARS WASTED ON PAKIS ALREADY

    FIX YOUR 16 HOUR POWER SHORTAGES FIRST

    Pakistan is at war with secularism

    Pakistan is at war with the civilized world, it is at covert war with the Americans , the west and NATO

    Pakistan is at covert proxy war with Afghanistan and India.

    PAKISTAN , ITS ISI was responsible for the Mumbai Attacks in India too and

    the MUMBAI GUNMEN CAUGHT WAS A PAKISTANI AJMAL AMIR KASAB FROM PAKISTANI PUNJAB PROVINCE

    IF IT IS TERRORISM , THEN IT IS FROM PAKISTAN

    US top brass has lost patience now, it can't keep compromising with Pakistan as US Soldiers come home in bodybags, time to act AGAINST PAKISTAN, THE INTERNATIONAL HUB OF TERRORISM

    To put it mildly, PAKISTAN IS A LIAR AND TRAITOR
    IT HAS SUPPORTED TALIBAN FOR DECADES AND IT SUPPORTS AND SUPPORTED TERROR AGAINST INDIA FOR 65 YEARS, it sheltered BIN LADEN and got 20 billion dollars of AID

    WORLD NEEDS TO KNOW THAT PAKISTAN SHOULD NOT EXIST AS ONE LANDMASS NOW , ENOUGH IS ENOUGH AND WE NEED TO DISMEMBER PAKISTAN

    TOP AFGHAN INTELLIGENCE HEAD HAD BLASTED PAKISTAN FOR SUPPORTING THE TALIBAN COVERTLY

    WHY HAVE WASTED 20 BILLION DOLLARS ON PAKISTAN ????????

    December 5, 2011 at 3:57 am | Reply
  11. Seema

    What is the book of the week?

    December 5, 2011 at 9:47 am | Reply
    • sumitra

      THINKING, FAST AND SLOW
      By Daniel Kahneman
      Kahneman is a behavioral economist and won the 2002 Nobel prize in economic science.

      December 6, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Reply
  12. cwmaster

    Quick Poll: Will the Euro still exist in the year 2022?

    to answer the poll just follow the link:

    http://graph.me/p77747715/q

    December 30, 2011 at 9:18 am | Reply
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