August 16th, 2014
06:42 PM ET

On GPS Sunday: How should U.S. respond to ISIS threat? And, a path to cheap nuclear fuel?

Watch "Fareed Zakaria GPS," this Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on CNN

On GPS this Sunday: First, Fareed offers his take on the Middle East – and why one of the key tenets of U.S. foreign policy in the region has been fundamentally misguided.

Then, he convenes a panel of leading analysts including Emma Sky, former chief political adviser to the commander of U.S. forces in Iraq and author of the forthcoming book Dove Among Hawks: a Memoir of High Hopes and Missed Opportunities, Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass, Shadi Hamid, a fellow at the Brookings Institution's Center for Middle East Policy, and David Kilcullen, a former Australian Army officer and counter-insurgency expert who served as senior adviser to U.S. General David Petraeus during the Iraq War.

Also, if you think relations between the United States and Russia are rough right now, just wait.  Russia intends to soon have a spy station in Cuba again. What in the world?

And, a cheap nuclear power plant that uses nuclear waste as its fuel. Sound like a pipe-dream? Fareed will introduce you to someone who says that she can make it a reality.

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  1. Name*mirza

    Sir, what Muslim have to do? Secular saddam -No secular Gaddafi No- secular Bashar No- Moderate brotherhood No- Democratic practice No- Muzahidin against Russia Yes- against West No- religious state Israel Yes- multi cultural democracy based with Islam No- practice with fundamental believe No- Hindu fundamental BJP GOV. Yes- African Muslims tried for but NO! So what you suggest for them?

    August 16, 2014 at 10:36 pm | Reply
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  2. danR

    Meanwhile, CNN is shutting off commenting for articles, a sad day for this established international venue for free expression in the unique medium of comment-exchange. Commenting on a mere blog cannot replace it.

    August 17, 2014 at 10:14 am | Reply
  3. Justtobeclear

    what was the name of the young woman with the concept for safer nuclear power?

    August 17, 2014 at 11:06 am | Reply
    • A.B. Kennedy

      Dr. Leslie Dewan was the guest you were asking about. She is a cofounder of Transatomic Power.

      August 17, 2014 at 11:51 am | Reply
  4. TimP

    Yes, what was her name? I can't find it anywhere on your site.

    August 17, 2014 at 11:52 am | Reply
    • TimP

      I see your answer. Thank you.

      August 17, 2014 at 11:53 am | Reply
  5. Charles Martin

    These guests all seem to assume that stopping or rolling back ISIS is an end in itself. The real question is what happens after that? Who fills and maintains the political vacuum? A dysfunctional Bagdad government? Iran? The US? And why again is ISIS, ipso facto, a direct threat to the US? Because ISIS says it is? We can't protect ourselves from this group after spending over a trillion on homeland security over the past 15 years. Perhaps your show, by its nature, requires sound bites in place of real arguments. But we need a deeper think on these issues.

    August 17, 2014 at 12:47 pm | Reply
  6. John Stidd

    With ISIS' rapid expansion in Iraq, Iran is likely to seek to postpone or extend any deadlines they have with western nations concerning their nuclear development. ISIS represents their worst nightmare, and the major reason they were seeking nuclear weapons. Israel was never their major concern. Failed progress in the Nuclear talks will set Turkey on edge. Development of the the independent Kurdish state, expands Israeli strategic options exponentially, as Israel is, perhaps, currently the Kurdish region's major oil customer. The US effort to support a Peshmerga counter-offensive against ISIL control of the Mosul Dam is pre-mature, and may backfire. As long as they hold it, they will use it to control power production and water distribution. Any destruction of the dam will only occur if faced with a strong counter-offensive which portends defeat. The new government in Baghdad is at best unreliable, and either the Kurds or the US, or both, will be let down if depending upon joint participation. The current state of the Iraqi armed forces is at best divided if not openly hostile to itself along sectarian lines. The US position should be that Iran should do its own dirty work. Supplying and training the Kurdish enclave should be its sole concern at the moment. A rumor that needs to be spread is that the self-declared Caliph, is the very man who gave up Musab Al-Zarqawi to the US Central Intelligence Agency. When his purpose has been served, he too shall be undone.

    August 17, 2014 at 1:15 pm | Reply
  7. gary ledoux

    Ms. Emma Sky identified the problem and the solution. This is not for the United States to "win". The only ones who can resolve the ISIL problem is the Sunnis... and again, as she asked: "Where is the primary Sunni country ~ Saudi? Where are their planes? Where are their troops? ...and why are we not discussing their lack of response?

    August 17, 2014 at 1:30 pm | Reply
  8. Milt Waxman

    Fareed Zakariah
    I think the most important thing about the Nuclear Reactors that Dewan proposes and the Reactor developed by Weinberg at OakRidge was not brought up on todays show.
    It is the ability to give Iran a way to get Nuclear Power that could not lead to development of atomic bombs. This would also go for all other countries.

    It was good that you had the segment with Dewan.

    Milt Waxman

    August 17, 2014 at 2:18 pm | Reply
  9. David Hopelain

    I was hoping your discussion of ISIS would, finally, answer a question that has been lurking. Alas, it did not. The question is: "ISIS is always described as 'well funded', where do they get their money/" Once that is answered, the question becomes, "where do they keep it?" I hope GPS will look into this for us, soon; the answer is a big part of the story.

    August 17, 2014 at 2:20 pm | Reply
    • Proactive

      They get donations from Countries and individuals that support them. Plus they also siphon and sell oil from captured oil rigs and fields on the black market, they raided the Treasury in Monsul when they first struck up with billions removed. They raise money also from kidnapping and ransoms.

      August 18, 2014 at 6:07 pm | Reply
  10. RobertB

    Re: Cheap Nuclear Fuel Interview –

    This episode really caught my attention and I do not track this issue, but the upside is so significant and the new design would seem to actually offer a fighting foundation to compete with the typical obstacles!...I have questions – Fareed addressed some, but skirted others I assume given the limited time. – How about a followup show – Maybe others can contrite their ideas and questions, but here are mine...

    1 – You say the technology to cleanse Nuclear waste was created 50 yrs ago? Why was this Not Accepted?, How did the MIT guest enhance it that solution? –

    2 – Obstacles – Regulators and the fed, but Fareed only framed the consumer fear factor – what about the lobbyist for Oil, Gas and Coal – Curious about how they would spin this? and the Anti Nuclear Groups – Could you interview and solicit their views of the new design –

    3 – Re: New Plants coming online soon – Could a portion of their design be integrated sooner than later – Ex: the Anti Melt Down and Containment portion? – If it takes ten years best case to begin a new design build out and how log wining approaval first? How many plants are already online? Short term work-arounds?

    4 – Strategic Value to US – Whats the downside – EX: Could hostel countries Reverse Engineer to create new weapons? – what about China/ and other US relations Hot Spots? Could The US Barter Policy as part of any technology exchange given the potential "HUGE" upside? Seems ideal for a Fareed Re-Visit – Hint Hint 🙂 – The Geo-Political-Eco/Green-Economic ramifications of cheap and safe nuclear fuel...

    August 17, 2014 at 3:28 pm | Reply
    • Milt Waxman

      The Oak Ridge development was stopped in favor of reactors for developing the Atomic Bomb. There is low level work now on other molten salt reactors

      August 17, 2014 at 4:49 pm | Reply
    • Howard Hornfeld

      The best way to nuclear power without the problems (ecological, political, safety, economic and even technical) is fusion energy, which I have tried to explain to Fareed, Christiane and hosts of others for the past year. It is no longer a pipe dream – and please do NOT bring up the old Cold Fusion story (it is dead and buried but unfortunately not forgotten!). Fusion is now nearly ready; what is missing it cash, not science nor demand for electricity. The technology still has a short way to go for a proof-of-concept small-scale plant to be built. Clearly this tiny note is not enough to answer all questions; please feel free to write me at FUSION ADVOCATES, with specific questions.

      August 17, 2014 at 7:53 pm | Reply
      • portlandtony

        What's the standing joke on Fusion? Every year, for the past 20 years, a researcher will say "it'll be feasable and operationally functional in 20 years"

        August 19, 2014 at 11:25 pm |
  11. Hatem

    To Mr Fareed Zakaria On the ISIS "threat" 18/8/2014

    The lack of time can't excuse everything.

    How can you Fareed Zakariad avoid talking about responsability of the USA for having the well known personnality of "al baghdadi" let free of going back in this region although he was jailed before?
    Secondly how can you avoid talking about deep involvment, to say the least of the USA in the region?
    Who has the pathologic fear of weapons of mass destruction in the region ?
    Is it not Israel?
    Everybody knows the influence to say the least of Israel in the US foreign policy. It explains the US's constant application to destroy Irak for 20 years.

    The USA are in an obvious way in the position of the firefignter who try to fight the fire he has ignite himself.

    Moreover the more weapons you put in, the more deads you will have in a more or less close future.

    When will the US think in a more long term than usual ? Less cynically, with more morality?

    The USA can't keep to intervene in all the country all over the world for the better but uasually for the worst. The »rogue state » of William Blum tell us about that perfectly.

    Is it your idea of self determination for people which is one of the first human right ?

    Is it not a sin, the desire to be omipotent ?

    I felt arrogance and embarrasment within your guests, the price to pay for avoiding to talk about the deep US involvent and then responsability to what happen in the region.

    And let me tell you that it is a shame.

    August 18, 2014 at 9:51 am | Reply
  12. ge

    there are some that want you to send your sons and daughters to fight a tribal war where both sides hate you,and send your tax dollars to the nice folks at the military industrial complex .than do it all again in 10 more years.with new enemies and countries that still hate you-sounds like a plan.

    August 18, 2014 at 11:12 am | Reply
  13. kanelo

    ISIS is a joint creation of U.S. and Saudi Arabia to carry-on common interests in the region; Same way as Al-Qada and Taliban were formed and supported during Soviet invasion in 1980... no difference. ISIS leader was in U.S. CIA custody (you can call it training) for few years...

    August 18, 2014 at 4:24 pm | Reply
  14. portlandtony

    Will the networks, the government, and foreign press ever get together on the same abbreviation for the Caliphate? Is it going to be ISIS, ISIL or the newest IS?

    August 19, 2014 at 11:31 pm | Reply
  15. :Lydia Rich

    On the program of Aug. 17 you interviewed a lady who wrote a book of advises fot business men who work in foreign countries. What was the name of the book and its author. Thank you
    PS I never miss your GPS on Sunday.

    August 22, 2014 at 11:54 am | Reply
  16. chri§§y

    @ lydia you can google august 17ths program i believe. Hope that is some help to you. In fact i will try it for you but im not making any promises. My phone seems to have a mind of its own these days but i will give it a whirl.

    August 22, 2014 at 1:05 pm | Reply
  17. chri§§y

    @ Lydia...were you talking about "The Limits of Partnership" by Angela Stent?

    August 22, 2014 at 1:16 pm | Reply
  18. Name*RogerW33

    I watched the Pentagon's briefing today by Rear Adm. Kirby. When responding to the terrorist group in Iraq and Syria he would call them ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant). However, when the media would refer to the terror group they would call them ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria). Why the confusion? Why can we not agree on one name? It almost seems intentional to call the terror group both names. What's going on?

    August 22, 2014 at 1:44 pm | Reply
  19. chri§§y

    Agree @ RogerW33...that is kinda silly! Bobcat, who frequently posts here has come up with another name, one that probably is best suited since this extremist group plans on expanding...and that name is ISis.

    August 22, 2014 at 2:27 pm | Reply
  20. RogerW33

    Chrissy, I'm a veteran of the Iraq war. I was told our mission was about breaking up a Sadam/ AL Qaeda connection and that Sadam had weapons of mass destruction. Both of which turned out to never be. Having almost lost my life on several occasions as well as losing a good friend over lies I've grown a sharper ear than most when it comes to our government. There is a distinct reason why media continues to call them ISIS while the White House and Pentagon call them ISIL. I just heard,15 minutes ago on CNN, the deputy press secretary of the White House again refer to them as ISIL while CNN's reporter asking him questions call them ISIS. I don't mean to sound redundant, but I've learned everything happens for a reason and there is a reason why one calls them ISIL and the other ISIS. I simply want to know why? There is no reason why we can't refer to the same terror group with one name. "Something is rotten in the state of Denmark." Please forgive if I sound a bit "conspiracy theorish", but there is more to this. At least that is what my gut is telling me.

    August 22, 2014 at 5:21 pm | Reply
  21. chri§§y

    Lol @ RogerW33...i am in TOTAL agreement with you...on all counts. And i might add, you're in good company! Over the past decade or so, we've had good reason to be skeptical on what we've been told by DC and the media! And i have absolutely no faith whatsoever in anything members of Congress tells us! And i, like you, have questioned the difference on the name of this group many times, and no one has provided an answer yet!

    August 22, 2014 at 5:30 pm | Reply
  22. chri§§y

    And i would also like to add...THANK YOU for your service on behalf of the citizens of this country! It is my greatest hope, that one day ALL veterens be honored in every way possible for their sacrifice on our behalf! And maybe then we will NEVER see another homeless vet in this country again! That is my BIGGEST pet peeve with our government!

    August 22, 2014 at 5:35 pm | Reply
  23. RogerW33

    Thank you so very much for your kind words @chrissy. We veterans and those still serving extremely appreciate your thanks! And thank you for not leaving me alone with this question concerning ISIS/ISIL. Honestly, I posted in here with the hope of gaining some momentum amongst other posters and readers about getting this question answered once and for all. Hoping maybe CNN would take notice and try to answer it themselves. After all, we are facing something that is, "beyond anything that we've ever seen." Or so says Defense Sec. Hagel. If this be true, we civilians should be informed as much as possible starting with some basic answers to some very basic questions.

    August 22, 2014 at 6:22 pm | Reply
  24. chri§§y

    You are so very welcome @ RogerW33...and please dont give up asking! Eventually someone will take notice!

    August 22, 2014 at 6:34 pm | Reply
  25. Philip

    @RogerW33. I would like to discuss with you troops suffering trauma at war and then PTSD upon returning stateside.
    A few years ago, VA doctors began to prescribe Rx drugs that are not FDA approved for treating victims of trauma or PTSD. prescription drugs that come with label warnings of suicidal thoughts. Not long after this, suicide became the number one killer of troops for the first time in US history as reported by ABC news in March 2013.
    I am Grampa Roper on Facebook if you would like to discuss this further.
    Thank you for your candor.

    August 25, 2014 at 12:00 am | Reply
  26. Philip

    Also @RogerW33. Need I remind you that thousands of American street gangsters and lazy men riding around in outlaw biker gangs are convicted of murdering, raping, robbing and stealing from US each and every single year. There are over 1,200 armed and organized such gangs in America today according to FBI crime stats, and so are a proven threat to domestic welfare whereas "ISIS/ISIL" are only suspected of being here.
    Also, please read the National Defense Authorization Act of bipartisan congress that has been signed into law by president Obama. This act of congress authorized US military forces to shoot domestic terrorists on US soil the same as troops are praised for doing overseas.
    Parents!!! Warn your children to stop wearing gang banger costumes. US troops are world famous for shooting suspects on sight.

    August 25, 2014 at 12:08 am | Reply
  27. Faquiisis

    Prepare to be turned to glass

    September 2, 2014 at 9:23 pm | Reply
  28. Faquiisis

    Cowards make Isis is'nt

    September 2, 2014 at 10:11 pm | Reply
  29. Faquiisis

    Isis is not anything but 8000 hoodlums robbing and looting

    September 2, 2014 at 10:13 pm | Reply
  30. Faquiisis

    Nothing better to do? Really? Crooks and hoodlums! Route them out and crush them

    September 2, 2014 at 10:18 pm | Reply
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