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. Rizwan Jattala

    1) Do you consider Palestine to be an modern apartheid state? Is this too harsh of a term? Do you personally think there will ever be a solution to this never ending saga? It seems that both sides wont give up enough to keep the other party happy, yet compromise is the only way forward.

    2) Do you consider Pakistan to be a failed state? It has never lived up to the once envisioned "Jinnah's Pakistan" considering the current atrocities committed against minorities like Ahmadis, Shias and Hindus.

    March 6, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Reply
  2. L.U.

    Dear Mr. Fareed,

    I´m a student od the foreign affairs and I´m writing my disertation about the conflict in Syria. I would like to ask you if is the whole conflict just the cause of the president Assad or it´s a problem of the whole society, economy and the heterogenity of the society? I can´t understand it clearly.

    Thank you very much for your answer

    March 6, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Reply
  3. Abukar Ali

    Bibi Netanyahu told President Obama:"our enemies are your enemies". Do you agree with him? I don't. Palestinians as well as Muslims all over the world are enemies of Israel because of Israeli occupation of Palestinian land and its annexation of Islam's third holiest shrine. Are they our enemies? No. Then why is he feeding lies to the American people?

    March 6, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Reply
  4. Robert Speciale

    The Republican race so far has been surrounded with a large focus on social issues revolving around religious faith. Once a nominee wins and gears up for a run against President Obama, do you think the tone will shift to more "day-to-day" topics like the economy, foreign policy and such, or will faith based discussions still dominate Republican rhetoric?

    March 6, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Reply
  5. Kjetil / Norway

    It is extremly diffecult for non – Americans to understand why America can not put more pressure on especially Israel to make harder efforts to make peace wiht their neighbours. Considering this conflict in the middle east is the "petrol station fueling the hate between the muslim and westen world" ?

    March 6, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Reply
    • j. von hettlingen

      Indeed Kjetil, we Europeans, who oppose Israel's aggression are classifled as anti-Semitists.

      March 7, 2012 at 4:16 am | Reply
  6. Derryleanne Hurwitz

    I have such a high respect for you and your knowledge that I would like to see your top Questions answered by you. I know you can come up with at least 5! I will be very interested to see your response.
    Thank you in advance.

    March 6, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Reply
  7. Wayne R Hudson

    Are you bothered by high frequency computer trading on the New york Stock Exchange. If it was only a few percent of trades maybe I could be talked into ignoring it; but I have heard in the media that it amounts to over 50% of the trades. It seems to me to be an example of the crazy behavior of Wall St. gamblers.

    March 6, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Reply
  8. Aleksandar Gj.

    Do you think that Balkan could still be a factor of stability after Macedonia won't get the so deserved NATO member place in Chicago summit in May, only because of Greeks' game with its name which is more or less the same as they play with the national economy hoping that EU officials won't ever discover it? They have just lost Hague suit vs Macedonia and still threat that will again put veto to the Macedonia's membership.

    March 6, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Reply
  9. Michel

    Do you think the upcoming change of leadership in China will lead to improvements for the people of Tibet?
    In the past 12 months , there has been 25 self-immolations in that region reported from Amnesty International and the SaveTibet Organization. What should be done to stop this tragedy?

    March 6, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Reply
  10. Saeed

    Hi Fareed!
    Your last insight on " U.S policy in Afghanistan and Afghan national security forces" was based on poor analysis. The ANSF doctrine is based on "ethnicity balance" which allows all ethnics enter the ANSF. How the U.S will deal with all drug cartels and Haqqani, Hekmatyar loyalists posed as President Karzai's advisers and ministers? Is Afghanistan in the verge of Talibanization again? Thanks!

    March 6, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Reply
  11. James

    What should be the response to an Iranian attack on Israel , either directly or through it's terrorist surrogates from the US? If you do not believe that Iran would attack, what is the rationale for that belief? If Iran uses say chemical weapons, what should be Israel's response (assuming it is functioning)? What should the US response be? Everyone, including yourself, is promising..promising Israel that no attack is forthcoming. Are you willing to guarantee it?

    March 6, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Reply
  12. John Myers

    What is the future of the global financial order? What role will emerging powers (BRIC) play?

    March 6, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Reply
  13. Dana Whaley

    There is a lot of dissension about whether or not the US should take an unilateral intervention in Syria. It sounds like war mongering to me and I don't understand why US intervention should be preferable to an international response through the UN. Am I missing something?

    March 6, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Reply
  14. Kokou J Agbemadi

    Fareed, what do you think about the position of the Republicans who are suggesting that President Obama takes this country to war against Iran?

    March 6, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Reply
  15. Niyaz Barzani

    How do you evaluate the last four years of Turkish foreign policy? Turkey initiated a new vision with the goal of zero problem with neighbors, yet currently it has problem with almost all of their neighbors.
    Should the US press Turkey to provide greater cultural and political rights for its Kurdish community?

    March 6, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Reply
  16. chris hiatt

    Is there a way for Iran to mothball their nuclear program a year short of possible deployment that would satisfy both internal politics and external inspectors?

    March 6, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Reply
  17. Tyler Healey

    Would we benefit from a presidential candidate in November that is more liberal than Obama – perhaps Ralph Nader?

    March 6, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Reply
  18. Simon

    Chinese and Asia Pacific policy for the West, I'm an Australian Fareed and myself and a huge number of my countrymen have grave concerns about our own future along with our ties to the Anglo sphere being severed by a rapidly encroaching and economically over powering China, can you give me further insights into what is likely to happen with the Asia pacific and Australia, should I be worried?

    March 6, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Reply
  19. Chanida

    There's much talk about the economic boom happening in Southeast Asia. Now, the U.S. is turning its investment sights to Southeast Asia as well, specifically Laos, a country that also has a long shared history with the CIA during the Vietnam War era and a country where China already holds strong influence and control of its natural resources. Where do you see this venture going? Is Southeast Asia where the U.S. and China will ultimately clash in the pursuit for economic dominance?

    March 6, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Reply
  20. Macdonald

    How can citizens of the US get informed? Simple, clear-cut comparisons need to be heard by the people. The GOP support would plummet if the people of America really knew the effects of what the GOP field is suggesting they would do if elected.

    March 6, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Reply
  21. Marilyn Bassano

    What comes after globalization?

    March 6, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Reply
  22. Mehdi

    Dear Farred. Isn't politics about interests? One supports something or someone to seek an interest and receive something in return. My question is very simple: what is United States' national interest in supporting Israel?
    And if you can't discuss this topic on CNN, it's OK, I understand. I'm a big fan. 🙂

    March 6, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Reply
    • Ali

      Well said,,, but he doesn't answer this question!

      March 7, 2012 at 9:30 am | Reply
  23. Sofia

    Hi Fareed,
    I live in Ontario, Canada, a province which has such a high deficit that it is likely to become the next Greece. However, people here seem oblivious to the problem and keep voting for the same Premier, who has been steadily ruining Ontario's chances for the past nine years, just because he promises more social programs and hands out money. Notice that other parallel with Greece. When I think about the problem, it seems that the blame really shouldn't be put on the people in charge in this case. After all, they're only there because the public is voting for them, and the ones in charge are just keeping their promises, detrimental though the consequences are. Do you think, then, that the problem with Ontario, Greece, and (in my opinion) what is soon to be America, is that the voting public is irresponsible? That the voting public is to blame for the economic problems of North America and Europe? I hate to think that, but that's what it seems like to me. Perhaps a change isn't necessary from the people in charge, but average citizens. I would really appreciate your thoughts on that.

    March 6, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Reply
  24. Jason Bridges

    Are you fundamentally optimistic or pessimistic concerning global trends since the end of the Cold War?

    March 6, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Reply
  25. Aweys

    Will nuclear deterrence be enough to keep Israel safe?

    March 6, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Reply
  26. Bilal Hasan

    With supply route to Afghanistan suspended and gas pipeline project with Iran made headway, Pakistan is shifting towards anti-American policy. Is Pakistan looking to build a new bloc with Russia, China, Iran and few other countries? Is it going to be another cold decade between Pakistan and U.S.A., like 90s?

    March 6, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Reply
  27. Nesrin

    It would be very interesting to research which party members, the Democratic or Republican, had the highest incidents of scandals and corruption.

    March 6, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Reply
  28. Dan from Texas

    If you were educating young children today, what would their education include?

    March 6, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Reply
  29. Robin

    Given the last two years in the Senate, Republicans appear to believe they know how much government (and what kind) the majority of people want. Since enough of us voted for Obama to elect him (and therefore don't agree with the Republican opposition) do you think it's possible for a 2012 presidential debate in which the focus would be on what the candidates feel is the best approach to representing the majority of the people, as opposed to protecting their ideology or their base? In other words, do you see a road toward at least IMPROVED civility and willingness to compromise?

    March 6, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Reply
  30. Walid Maaytah

    I am immensely amazed that American politicians, Republicans and democrats, are so unbelievably and shamelessly competing in their pandering to AIPAC and Natanyahu – so much that one forgets who's the superpower here and who's not. What amazes me is that this has been going on for so long and so clearly while no one, in American politics or even media is being shocked or expressing any degree of repulsion, disgust or dismay at this display of disgraceful behavior. Is this insane and undignified behavior befitting of the world's greatest superpower??

    March 6, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Reply
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