Fareed is taking your questions
March 6th, 2012
04:08 PM ET

Fareed is taking your questions

Do you have a burning question about what's going on in the world? From the U.S. presidential race to unrest in Syria, from China's rise to diplomacy with Iran, events are rocking the political, economic and social foundations of this planet.

Submit your questions in the comment thread below before 8am EST on Wednesday  and check back later in the week for Fareed Zakaria's video and text answers.

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  1. Jonathan

    With the first term of the Obama administration coming to a close, what will be the defining legacy of this administration.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Reply
    • j. von hettlingen

      Why haven't you invited Angela Merkel or Nicolas Sarkozy to your show? Angela Merkel could have a lot to say. Soon we'll know if Sarkozy stays, but what about Putin?

      March 6, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Reply
      • j. von hettlingen

        Zbigniew Brzezinski said during his interview on 26 February about Israel's potential strike on Iran: "They're not going to go to war by flying over our airspace over Iraq". Yes, it's the central, more likely route Israeli warplanes would take – over Iraq, instead of flying north over Turkey and Syria, or flying south over Saudi Arabia. But the Americans are gone and the Iraqis might not be able to monitor the air-space. Did Brzezinski mean that the U.S. would stand the Iraqis by and help them monitor the air-space, in light of an Israeli attack on Iran?

        March 7, 2012 at 4:06 am |
  2. paula

    why no questions about israel's nuclear weapons? weren't they suppose to make them safer?

    March 6, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Reply
    • kuppi

      Taking about Israel's Nuclear weapons are a taboo. If you pursue this topic further you will be considered an Antisemitic

      March 7, 2012 at 12:40 am | Reply
      • KA

        Well said!!!

        March 7, 2012 at 6:12 am |
      • Ali

        Most probably, Fareed will ignore this comment. Because, as you said, talking about this issue is taboo for American elite media

        March 7, 2012 at 9:13 am |
  3. RZ

    Did Dempsey mean to say:

    A) America doesnt consider Iran an existential to Israel


    B) America doesn't consider Iran an existential threat to the U.S.


    March 6, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Reply
    • Macloow

      America is threat to Iran's economy and their democratically elected government. We had Jim crew Law not long ago and the USSR didn't Nuke us.
      Why the Americans spend billions of Dollars for a war that is imagined.

      March 7, 2012 at 11:26 am | Reply
  4. Cameron

    What is with the US apprehension on dealing with Syria? Is it due to pressure from Russia and China?

    March 6, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Reply
  5. Rupert Denny

    As a Brit watching the US elections with amusement, when will the GOP ever stop tearing itself apart and put up an electable candidate?

    March 6, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Reply
    • Sonia Besalem

      I too would like to know the answer to this question. I am so glad someone brought this up because it seems like no one else here in the US notices how weak of candidates the GOP has chosen. I mean, why are we even having elections this year? Is there any question as to who will win?

      March 8, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Reply
  6. zelvis

    I understand that you may be loathe to speculate, but I wonder if Saddam Hussain would have taken military action by now to inhibit Iran's nuclear program, were he still in power in Iraq?

    March 6, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Reply
  7. Alex

    What do you think of presidents election in russia?

    March 6, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Reply
  8. Christine Shahade

    How do think this situation with Iran will play out? Also, why is no one helping the Syrian people especially the Arab nations?

    March 6, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Reply
  9. Pasteur

    You have a winning smile – what toothbrush and toothpaste do you use? Do you floss?

    March 6, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Reply
  10. Justin Betancourt

    What is the reality of The People's Republic of China's real estate bubble? Will it burst? Has it already? What will be China's response and how will it effect the global economy?

    March 6, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Reply
  11. Greg W

    Fareed, you have been a critic of economic sanctions, but do you think they're working in Syria and/or Iran?

    March 6, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Reply
  12. Lucy

    What are the main causes of the conflict in Syria?

    March 6, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Reply
  13. nagy

    how us will deal with Egypt in coming days

    March 6, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Reply
  14. Aamir

    How will the U.S. ever manage diplomacy with Iran if our biggest ally in the middle east is ready to go to war with them at any given moment?

    March 6, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Reply
  15. Milot

    Dear Fareed,
    What do you think are the chances for a second Great Depression in the USA?

    March 6, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Reply
  16. jal

    Howdy Fareed, I am considering taking a job that requires a 3 month trip to China (I live in the US). Question: Is it safe for Americans to work in China? Thanks, JAL

    March 6, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Reply
  17. Ferhat Gurini

    Are we seeing a Turkey facing its political and economical poles to the East, slowly detaching its diplomatic relations and strings to the West?

    March 6, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Reply
  18. Gord Robbins

    Isreal has a nasty habit of going it alone in the face of great odds lets hope if they go off and attack Iran that it does not bring the rath of China and Russia down on them this could be the catalast that Bladimer Putin needs to cement his power,the question is does Isreal have the bombs required to complete the mission?

    March 6, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Reply
  19. Ghazal Omid

    Do the Israeli or Americans know that IRANIAN regime although massively abusive toward Iranian people in particular toward women, Can Not attack any country [ that is according to the Shari'a law of Islam ( Shi'a Islam that is) ]. But if attacked the order of Jihad will be given to every man and woman to defend the sovereignty of its country?

    March 6, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Reply
  20. Perwin Iranzadeh

    I've watched many paneldebates which you've held and also attended Sir, I was wondering if you could discuss the Kurdish roll sometime and their opportunities, if US intervenes in Syria and the kurds stand there. But also how the kurds in Iran will gain anything from oppositions in the west perhaps when things between P5+1 heatens up.

    Thank you!

    March 6, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Reply
  21. Robert W. McDougal

    Fareed , Why hasn't Iran linked it's openness to nuclear inspections to Israel's withdrawing from the West Bank or opening their nuclear instalations to inspetions wouldn't Iran take the moral high ground or atleast good PR by doing so ?

    March 6, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Reply
  22. Jordan Baron

    Fareed, Any chance you can cover and discuss the ongoing Robert Levinson situation? Im not sure if you are familiar with this or not, but Robert Levinson is a US Citizen that disappeared in Iran 5 years ago and is still missing today. He is the father of my best friend, and I known the Levinson family for 15 years now. They are great people and desperately want their father returned safely to them. I know that your coverage of the situation would be a huge help to their ongoing efforts of obtaining more media coverage/assistance. It's a shame that not enough people are aware of this horrific situation . It would mean a lot to me and the Levinson family if you would help.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Reply
  23. rh

    How do you effectively communicate to US politicians that the world outside the US also has a voice. They should listen since hearing is beyond comprehension?

    March 6, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Reply
  24. Rob

    Despite the persistent global financial crisis, countries have not turned inward. My understanding is that states enacted protectionist policies right after the 2008 financial crisis, but have since remained relatively open. First, did states enact protectionist policies right after the financial crisis? And if so, why did they forgo protectionist policies in favor of more openness policies? Thanks!

    March 6, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Reply
  25. Alex

    Hey Fareed, longtime fan.

    My question is:

    Do you think it's hyppocritical of US leaders to praise the Arab Spring revolutions as an attempt at democracy, but then devalue the concerns of people in the Occupy movement?


    March 6, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Reply
  26. Roger

    What impacts do you think the recent state elections in India shall have on the central UPA government in India, especially on foreign affairs, if any? The ruling Congress party has been royally defeated in major state elections it seems. Should the allies of India be worried? On what fronts?

    March 6, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Reply
  27. Thierry in Claremont, CA

    Hi Fareed, my main question is about oil. You've had fantastic charts in past show explaining the relation between oil producing nations and the different price points require on a barril just for them to break even. Could you address the current and future correlation between risk in oil producing nations (protests in Moscow, Israel's potential on Iran, strait of Hormuz, etc.) and the effect on cost. Also, are the actions of some of the leaders, Putin for example, attempting to actually drive up the cost of oil so as to increase revenue for his government? Thanks Fareed! 🙂

    March 6, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Reply
    • Thierry

      That was one speedy reply! Thank you Fareed!

      March 9, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Reply
  28. Sac

    Hi Fareed
    Looking at GOP debates on Pills, Contraceptives,Church and State, do you think we have GOP presidential candidates trying to come up with same extremism we have been fighting in middle east and counties like AF- PAK?

    I think this is serious issue and would love to have your analysis on this.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Reply
  29. Zedekia Kombaka

    Hasn't the "overblown" Iranian threat to Israel undermined, or continue to undermine the peace talks between the Israeli and the Palestine for a two state solution? And by the way, are those talks going on?

    March 6, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Reply
  30. Aklil

    Do you think U.S. financial and military aid to dictators is contributing to oppression? I ask this because I am Ethiopian and our dictator is a major recipient of US and EU aid which he uses to strengthen his hold on power and punish the opposition.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Reply
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