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. Drumil Bhatt

    What do China and Russia see as their "end-game" (or plan to combat the western world) by diplomatically supporting Syria, Iran, and North Korea? Surely, a military partnership with countries like Iran and Syria do little do contrast the power of NATO. Further, the economic ties aren't strong enough (in scope of world trade) to warrant such unconditional support for autocratic regimes.

    March 6, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Reply
  2. Brett Stewart

    Hi Fareed,

    Great fan of the show! I'm curious what your take is on the recent political changes throughout Burma. While the military still seems to have a good seize of the country's direction, the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and the reforms of Thein Sein seem to be a push in the right direction. It is almost as if things in Burma, for once, are looking up.

    What do you make of these changes? Do you think the political reforms will continue or that this ecstacy of democracy and reform will end soon?

    Thank you!

    March 6, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Reply
  3. Jaime Sanchez Yarza

    Take a closer look at Mitt Romney... Do you not get the sense he is the most underrated candidate ever? Decades of more experience than Obama, and look at how he just won Massachussets where they lnow him best!
    Thanks for your input.

    March 6, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Reply
  4. Kazim Alam

    Do you see Pakistan becoming more radicalised in the next five years? Will Pakistan be worse off or better off in the future?

    March 7, 2012 at 12:14 am | Reply
  5. fernace

    What, in your opinion, drives the unrelenting attack by conservatives on womens healthcare & reproductive rights? Does the religious right (& their businesses) have a leg to stand on in their assertion that providing insured birthcontrol to women threatens their "religious freedom," (while providing ED meds for men, strangely doesn't)? Ok, that was 2 questions, but it's kind of a "2-parter", since the issues go hand in hand! Thanks for your consideration!!

    March 7, 2012 at 12:29 am | Reply
  6. Ciby

    Will Obama be forced to go to war with Iran to strengthen his 2012 big and also due to AIPAC's clout?

    March 7, 2012 at 12:43 am | Reply
  7. abhinav pandya

    why is iran always found on the wrong side of the history?

    March 7, 2012 at 1:20 am | Reply
  8. Islam_Selam

    Do you know the islam movement in Ethipia? They stand for freedom of their belive agnist the government who interfer in personal relgion cases.

    Zak, why not you look in this issue? Every Friady more than 200k muslims demonstrate in Addis Ababa. Is the Arebs movement only important for you guys? If not, we hear soon from you! Thanks!

    March 7, 2012 at 1:24 am | Reply
    • Nazret.com

      You puked at Nazret.com website and you went to...
      Get back! Layer!

      March 7, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Reply
  9. sam

    is that true only 25% of the American people saw the other part of the world specially Europe ? if it is, may be that is the reason majority of the American people didn't support the universal healthcare ,they didn't see how it works in all Europe even in south Africa?

    March 7, 2012 at 1:43 am | Reply
  10. sam

    HI Fareed

    is that true only 25% of the American people saw the other part of the world specially Europe ? if it is, may be that is the reason majority of the American people didn't support the universal healthcare ,they didn't see how it works in all Europe even in south Africa?

    March 7, 2012 at 1:48 am | Reply
  11. Ryan Zoradi

    Do you think arresting Joseph Kony will bring peace to Central Africa? If he is arrested, will this be the first time in history that young Americans and social media directly influence US foreign policy? Context: http://kony2012.com/ (social media campaign lobbying for the arrest Joseph Kony); http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/136673/mareike-schomerus-tim-allen-and-koen-vlassenroot/obama-takes-on-the-lra?page=show (Foreign Affairs article written by leading LRA experts at the LSE)

    March 7, 2012 at 1:56 am | Reply
  12. Bob

    Why don't you bring back The Future of Freedom? It is one of my most important books. I am still passing it around and giving away copies. The ideas about what it takes in a state to start a successful democracy, that it comes from a prosperous middle class with a stable government, and must be handled with care are all lessons we need.
    There is a notion that a democratic form of government can be plunked down in anyplace that has never had self-rule before, without strong courts or law, and it will just magically take root and grow and solve all problems. It don't work that way and the book tells the story.
    The section on the dangers of direct government – initiatives and referendums – was extremely prescient. See California today and others to follow as people get fed up with their normal government, and are just sure they can do better. That don't work, either.
    All good stuff – back to the book. Hooray for GPS – every Sunday morning.
    Bob

    March 7, 2012 at 2:01 am | Reply
  13. Maria

    Hello Farid, i do enjoy your investigative journalism... here's not a question, but a challenge for you! Why is the world not bothered by the extent of corruption in Pakistan? the likes of which are unsurpassed in the history of the sub-continent. Hazara went on hunger strike to protest against the corruption in India. In Pakistan, people are committing suicide because they are unable to feed their children – that is only due to funds, resources and other aid being mis-used – corruption prevails now from the lowest rung of the government ladder to the highest!

    I, an Europeanl, am stuck in this country trying to save my brother's (American citizen) and my estate. People just decided to take over, throwing my tenants out. The judicial system takes forever and a day (I'm going to enter my 3rd year of litigation next month) and fake criminal suits are registered against totally innocent people in the process. The police turn a blind eye, initially because they are on the take, and then, when suits increase and the High court and Chief Justice of the province are informed of the violations, these people then turn to the politicians.. in my case two of the most corrupt and influential ministers of the province... even the Inspector General of Police can not do anything.. Human rights can not do anything, the Citizen police liaison director can not do anything, because as they all say, we are powerless when the home minister tells us so.... he, asked me for a cut... I refused, and now my life is in danger, I can not leave the country... and the Embassy can not help in a matter of a personal nature... unless of-course, I get imprisoned and sentenced to death... do matters have to go this far, before anyone can intervene? i have been warned not to go to PK media.. they will be hushed up by the ministers' friend, Mr. Zardari... and I have a 4 year old son with me.. we have become prisoners in our existence.. my only choice is give up my entire estate... in the process not only will my brother and I lose out, but my tenants, who are Hindus will risk their lives in retribution... this is complicated and of-course I can't provide all the details, suffice to say, the corruption issue in this country needs to be addressed, and it won't come from within... people are too frightened now of the government they now deem to act like the MAFIA!

    March 7, 2012 at 2:03 am | Reply
  14. John Harper

    Fareed, I have enjoyed your integrity for years. Like Edward R. Murrow without the cigarettes but with a smile! Would you check into the Fukushima meltdowns and give all of us an honest update on the very scarey and very ongoing nuke event there? Seems to be a near blackout on that story in our media.

    March 7, 2012 at 2:11 am | Reply
  15. Connor K

    Russia and the U.S. have good economic and military relations with India, however do you think that India will have to choose to side with Russia or the U.S. or is it possible to have good relations with both countries without upsetting either country? If India has to choose a side how does China play in to this?

    March 7, 2012 at 2:15 am | Reply
  16. Clark Stiles

    Hi Fareed, I'm curious to know about the controversies you stir up just from doing what you do, ie reporting.

    Can you share one of your more memorable situations in the past few years where your reporting got YOU into trouble?

    I'm a big fan of GPS and I'm turning all my family and friends onto it, keep up the great work and thank you.

    March 7, 2012 at 2:24 am | Reply
  17. Naveen

    India has nuclear weapons, Pakistan has nuclear weapons, China, Russia, France, Uk & USA has them, even Israel is believed to have them. Why is it hard for the world to believe that Iran may start producing nuclear weapons. Who are we to judge who deserves to be a nuclear power & who not. If Israel or USA or for that matter any other country attack Iran on this issue, they are the real people creating problems, and not Iran.

    March 7, 2012 at 2:30 am | Reply
  18. Vishal Singh

    Dear Farid,
    My question is," What interest China & Russia have, in vetoing US led UN Resolution on Syria? Do they have clear economic gains while dealing with current Syrian regime or they are doubtfull of the success of any action after the results seen in Libya or they are opposing it just because it is US sponsored?

    March 7, 2012 at 3:17 am | Reply
  19. Alexandru

    Can the authoritarian models, for example in Russia and China, represent a threat to democracy in the world by giving ideas to wannabe dictators?

    March 7, 2012 at 3:21 am | Reply
  20. zahid

    Sir, it would be very nice if you answer to my question.
    Is Pakistan a failed state or not? Many Indian diplomats believe that it is not a failed state, but as the days are passing it is going down.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:41 am | Reply
    • j. von hettlingen

      If the Pakistani people don't have a say in shaping their country's future, there's a risk that the country is sinking further more. The politicians are mercurial at best and opportunistic at worst.

      March 7, 2012 at 4:22 am | Reply
  21. zahid

    Do societies play a vital role in the development of a country?

    March 7, 2012 at 3:43 am | Reply
  22. Wess

    How can the United States remove the paralyzing (if not corrupting) influence of single-issue special interest groups from its government? Can it do it at all?

    March 7, 2012 at 4:09 am | Reply
  23. IRAN AND syria shiia are EVIL

    The world waited while Germany rearmed itself...all in the name of self-defense and national self-esteem following the Armistice in 1918. The result of waiting was more than six million innocent jews murdered by a fanatic who wrote his plan years earlier. Iran has made it clear through words and its ongoing sponsorship of Hamas and Hezbollah (not to mention the murderous Assad regime) that they are without honor, cannot be trusted, and will kill as many Jews (and Americans) they can. I can never forgive them for the Iran Hostage crisis. There support of terrorist acts through the 80's and 90's including the killing of an American in a wheelchair is a testament to the evil of the Iranian government.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:46 am | Reply
  24. Lalarukh

    When America, flag bearer of human rights will stop its violation of basic human rights in underdeveloped countries? Can UN stop American’s overt and covert intrusion in third world? If no then is there any justification of this big infrastructure, masterminds and influentials of UN?

    March 7, 2012 at 6:07 am | Reply
  25. khalil

    what do you think about US policy toward Afghanistan..?? especially among united state presidential nominees ...

    March 7, 2012 at 6:26 am | Reply
  26. Rod Clemetson

    ==> Fareed, please consider the topic of energy scarcity, and report on the latest Chinese developments in nuclear energy. After Fukushima, M9 earthquake, Tsunami, reactor disasters, political panics, media meltdowns, the anti-nuke holiday - all catnip for the windy/sunny bunch - now what?

    As of 25 Jan 2011 the Chinese Academy of Sciences launched a development program for Thorium Fueled Molten Salt Reactors (TFMSR's). This is a truly "green" nuclear solution, thanks to Oak Ridge research done in 1965-1969. TFMSR's will not be an instant replacement for existing reactors, but they *will* be the best possible alternative. Please google "Energy From Thorium", "Thorium Energy Alliance", and "Flibe Energy" for comprehensive background material.

    March 7, 2012 at 6:38 am | Reply
  27. Flurn Flurrington

    If you are aware of the KONY2012 movement I think mentioning it simply will do a lot of good. If this dream can succeed it will show the world the power people posess and it shows the shrinking borders of our world and the expansion of a global society.

    http://www.Kony2012.com look it up if you are unaware this can Help our generation realize our potential and maybe after we accomplish this we can accomplish even more but only if we work as one.

    KONY 2012!!!!

    March 7, 2012 at 7:03 am | Reply
  28. Rod Clemetson

    ==> Fareed: Please consider the topic of energy scarcity, and report on the latest Chinese developments in nuclear energy. Only 1 billion of the 7 billion world population have the U.S. level of energy supply. As of 25 Jan 2011 the Chinese Academy of Sciences launched a development program for Thorium Fueled Molten Salt Reactors (TFMSR's). A Chinese delegation toured Oak Ridge National Lahs (ORNL) in November 2010 to do a reality check on ORNL research conducted in 1965-1969 (4 years of successful MSR operation). TFMSR's will not be an instant replacement for existing reactors, but they *will* be the best possible alternative - cheaper than coal; inherently and passively safe; and non-proliferating. TFMSR's are a truly "green" nuclear solution to energy scarcity. Please google "Energy From Thorium", "Thorium Energy Alliance", and "Flibe Energy" for comprehensive background material.

    March 7, 2012 at 7:11 am | Reply
  29. Marco Monroy

    Fareed:
    Please do comment on Latin American block against the USA, lead by Chavez with growing followers such as Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador and soon to join others. What can USA do to win them back? Has the USA position in the region debilitated or adjusted to the new reality of not being the superpower anymore.
    Thanks

    March 7, 2012 at 7:31 am | Reply
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