March 15th, 2014
11:21 PM ET

On GPS this Sunday: How worried are Russia's neighbors about its Crimea moves?

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On GPS Sunday: The latest on the Crimean referendum and the mystery surrounding the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.

Next,  we know how the United States has reacted to Russian President Vladimir  Putin's moves into Crimea. But what about Russia's neighbors? Fareed  will speak to two high-level officials from countries that border parts  of Russia…countries that have been invaded by Moscow before. How worried  are they?

And, a fascinating mystery: how does  $20 billion get lost from a nation's treasury?  That is what's being  alleged by the head of a Central Bank of an oil-rich African country.   The result?  He gets suspended from his job. Fareed speaks with the  country's finance minister to explain what's going on.

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March 8th, 2014
08:37 PM ET

Israeli minister: Palestinians need to recognize Israel as Jewish state

Fareed speaks with Israel’s economics minister, Naftali Bennett, about the status of Arab Israelis. Watch the full interview this Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on CNN.

Prime Minister Netanyahu has talked about the importance of the Palestinians recognizing Israel as a Jewish state.  You've gone a bit further. You've said that it’s very important to strengthen exclusively the Jewish identity of Israel. What you do with the 20 percent of Arabs who live in Israel if they're not Jewish.

I'm a big supporter of full equal rights for the Arab Israelis. Twenty percent of Israelis are Arab.  They vote for the Knesset the same. They can be elected.  There are members of parliament, of the Knesset, that are Arab. And I support full equal rights for them.

As a nation-state, Israel is the Jewish nation-state.  So if we don't get that recognition from the Palestinians, essentially, they're saying give us our own state and now we want half of your state.  Well, it would be one and a half Palestinian states and only half a Jewish state.  And they're not willing to recognize that.


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Book of the Week: The limits of partnership
March 8th, 2014
08:00 PM ET

Book of the Week: The limits of partnership

By John Cookson

Fareed’s ‘Book of the Week’ is Angela Stent's The Limits of Partnership: U.S.-Russian Relations in the Twenty-First Century. Stent is the director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian & East European Studies at Georgetown University. GPS's John Cookson spoke with her about the ongoing crisis in Crimea and the numerous attempts to reset relations between the United States and Russia.

You say in the book that there has been far more continuity in Russia policy since the end of the Cold War than many would publicly admit. Why is that? 

We obviously like in our system to think that there’s a big difference between Republicans and Democrats, but the issue with Russia is that the presidential inbox has remained largely the same for the last twenty-two years. In the book, I go into six sets of issues with which we’ve constantly had to deal with the Russians, starting off with the nuclear legacy, with the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, disagreements with Russia over the post-Soviet space (which is obviously very much on display today in Ukraine), the question of Euro-Atlantic security architecture (NATO and EU enlargement and the Russian response to that), then domestic Russian politics and more recently with all the upheaval in the Arab world.

These have been constant problems. Sometimes the approaches have varied a little bit, obviously. In the George W. Bush administration the arms control issues were downplayed, and in the Obama administration they were more important. But in general, many of these issues, including Iran which has been a constant for the past 22 years, haven’t really changed. Most of the people that I interviewed for the book – officials who were in the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations – admit the same thing, that there really isn’t that much difference.


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March 7th, 2014
05:37 PM ET

On GPS Sunday: Live analysis on the latest developments in Ukraine

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On GPS this Sunday: A special live edition of the show analyzing the latest developments in Ukraine. Fareed speaks with former National Security Advisor Tom Donilon before convening a panel of analysts including New York University’s Stephen Cohen, Canadian politician and journalist Chrystia Freeland and Princeton University’s Stephen Kotkin.

Also on the show, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu finally came out for Secretary of State John Kerry's Middle East peace efforts this week. But he faces intense opposition even from within his own cabinet – Fareed speaks with Israel’s economics minister, Naftali Bennett, who explains why he believes Netanyahu is wrong.

And, is failure actually good for you? That's what a new book suggests, and Fareed will be speaking with the author.

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February 28th, 2014
05:56 PM ET

On GPS Sunday: Albright and Brzezinski to discuss the latest on Ukraine

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This Sunday on GPS: Fareed will be speaking live to former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski to discuss the latest developments in Ukraine, and what we should expect next.

Also on the show, China has eased its one-child policy – so why do so many families seem to be shunning the opportunity to have another one?

“Under the new rules, a second child could be allowed if just one of its potential parents was an only-child. The change impacts about 20 million Chinese. You’d imagine after decades of restrictions, many of them would jump at the chance to have a second child, right? Wrong.”

Also, Harvard professor and former Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Greg Mankiw makes the case that the “one percent” deserve their rewards.

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February 25th, 2014
09:18 AM ET

Are the humanities worth studying?

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What is more important – technical skills or knowledge of art history? Fareed discusses the issue with 'New Yorker' staff writer Adam Gopnik. Watch the video for the full interview.

Apple is primarily an enterprise in the arts and design, perhaps before anything else. But I also think it's true that we don't have to apologize for the humanities and the arts in that way, because the truth is that in every civilization that we know of, that interests us at all, there's an ongoing conversation about books and pictures.

You know, when I went out to the Google campus a few years ago those guys didn't want to talk about Google Translate. They wanted to talk about an Alice Munro story or they wanted to talk about "Breaking Bad," a kind of natural conversation in life. It's conversation about books and pictures. That's an ongoing conversation. It doesn't depend on universities. But what universities do, what humanities programs, art history programs do, I think, is that they do two things: They take the conversation back into history so that we know that that conversation we're having about Homeland is also a conversation we can have about George Elliott or Dickens. And they do something even more important I think – they democratize the conversation.

You know, my father's father, my grandfather, was a little grocer, a butcher, no knowledge of the arts at all. Wonderful man, but a simple immigrant. My father became a professor of 18th Century English literature. Why did he do that? It's because you can go to school and walk into an English department. And so when people say well, the humanities are elitist, it's just the opposite. It's when we don't have humanities departments that that conversation about civilization is elitist. When we have them at universities it means anybody can take part.

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February 23rd, 2014
12:59 AM ET

On GPS Sunday: What next for Ukraine?

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On GPS this Sunday: The latest developments from Ukraine – and Fareed’s take on what the events there this week might mean.

Next, the New Yorker Editor David Remnick, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and Robin Wright, author of Rock the Kasbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World, offer their take on Russian geostrategy, what’s behind the unrest in Ukraine, and what to look out for in talks with Iran.

Also, are Spaniards getting enough sleep? And would turning the country’s clocks back an hour boost GDP? We’ll take a closer look in our What in the World segment.

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February 22nd, 2014
02:02 AM ET

Brzezinski: U.S. has to talk turkey to Putin

Fareed speaks with former U.S. National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski about the unrest in Ukraine and the deal between the government and protesters. 

Do you think that there’s a possibility here for a compromise solution – that the parties seem to be willing to share power in some way, and that that is essential?

Well, that’s absolutely essential.  Now, that's why unification among the political forces is so important.  A symbol of unity has to emerge.

But second, there are two things that are also very much important.  The EU has to step forward and not just offer slogans and long range invitations, it has to offer some cash, because Ukraine is on the back of economic collapse, literally.

And if Putin comes back and says go with me and I'll give you lots of cash, and we don't offer anything from the West, a lot of Ukrainians will say, well, we have to eat. We have to eat. We have to have jobs.

And the third thing which is needed is we, the United States, we have to talk turkey to the Russians. We have to talk turkey to Putin and say to him, look, this is a critical moment. Don't reignite the cold war because the Ukrainians are willing to be your friends, but they're not willing to be your serfs.

And they value their independence. We're not trying to suck them away from you. We are prepared to settle for status for Ukraine which enters the West gradually, is open to Europe, more or less like that of Finland. That is to say, a country which is very European but not a threat militarily or politically to Russia.

I think these three points have to be borne in mind as we now enter this very critical phase in this new arrangement, which could break down any moment.

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February 16th, 2014
12:10 AM ET

Summers on developing markets

Fareed speaks with former U.S. Treasury Secretary Larry Summers about U.S. economic policy and developing economies. Watch the full interview on GPS this Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on CNN.

If you look at what happened a couple of weeks ago, when there were some indications that the Fed might start reversing its course – you know, either raise interest rates or end what is called the quantitative easing policy. What happened was the stock markets here swooned.  Markets around the world crashed and countries like Turkey found themselves in very big trouble, very fast growing countries. Does that suggest that the world is not ready for a return to what would frankly be very normal interest rates?

They are now so abnormally low, that many people believe they have to come up to some kind of historical norm and when that happens, we will see another financial crisis, because assets and markets around the world have got inflated and they're going to get punctured again.

I think there’s no question that in a number of countries, a period when it's been very easy to attract capital because capital could only earn a zero return on U.S. Treasury bills, has bred a kind of complacency and a kind of over borrowing. And the sense that it was going to get a little more challenging in the competition for capital has raised a set of fears and brought a set of problems to light. That’s really the story of the so-called fragile five countries – Turkey and India, South Africa and Indonesia, and Russia, each of which, in their own way, probably has become more complacent than would have been ideal during this period of quite extraordinary financial conditions.

But I think the Federal Reserve is going to have to do all the things that it judges to be appropriate in the context of U.S. economic expansion. And developing countries will need to find ways of standing on their own two feet without the spur of the extra investment that comes from extraordinarily low interest rates.


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February 11th, 2014
05:01 PM ET

Understanding the 'Second Machine Age'

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Fareed speaks with Erik Brynjolfsson, a professor of management at MIT's Sloan School, and Andrew McAfee, a scientist at the MIT Center for Digital Business about the future of technology and their book The Second Machine Age.

OK, so you guys end the book optimistically. And I want to give you a chance to explain that, even though I think a lot of this will trouble people. So what can you do when confronting this reality of rising productivity and machines that are replacing humans, even at the very high end of the food chain?

McAfee:  Yes.  So for now, we're still adding jobs every month to the economy.  So we have not totally decoupled job growth from economic growth. That indicates that the right policies for right now are to stimulate economic growth. Job growth will come along with it. So let's get our infrastructure in great shape. Let's get our immigration policies correct. Let's fix our educational system and let's create a great environment for entrepreneurship, not because some entrepreneurs get rich and we love rich people, but because entrepreneurs are the great engine of job creation. That's the right Econ 101 playbook for the short-term.

Am I going to be out of a job?

Brynjolfsson: No time soon, but we all have to keep reinventing the way we work together with computers. And that's the part that's lagging right now. The technology is racing ahead, but our skills, our organizations, our economic policies, are lagging behind. We wanted to change the conversation with this book and get people thinking about how to speed up that part of society.

Watch the video for the full interview.

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February 10th, 2014
10:34 AM ET

Behind Karzai's outbursts

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By Fareed Zakaria

The U.S. has tired of its longest war, debating only the size of the small force it will leave behind, mostly for training purposes. The Taliban continues to have many strongholds in significant parts of the country. And Pakistan continues to support the Taliban from across the border-support that is likely to expand as America withdraws and Islamabad seeks to fill that power vacuum.

So Karzai might be playing an erratic game of brinkmanship in his negotiations with Washington, but he might also be trying to navigate a post-American Afghanistan. While American troops might well remain and some American aid will continue, Afghanistan is going to look very different in 2015 than it does today.​

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February 9th, 2014
12:19 AM ET

Exceptionality, insecurity and impulse control: Secrets to success?

Fareed speaks with Amy Chua, a law professor at Yale, and her husband Jed Rubenfeld, also a professor at Yale, about their new book ‘The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America.’ Watch the full interview this Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on CNN.

So what is the cultural factor at work here that makes it so that these immigrant groups, that certain immigrant groups, succeed?

Chua: And it's not just immigrant groups. The Mormons...

Rubenfeld: Right.

Chua:…are a non-immigrant group.

Right. Right.

Chua: What's amazing is that despite their enormous differences - you know, what do Mormons and Nigerian-Americans, and Chinese-Americans have in common? They actually have three features in common that we're calling the triple package.

The first is a deep sense of exceptionality. Now, this exceptionality can come from many sources. It can come from your group that you belong to or your family or just an innate talent or a parent that instills you with that sense of being special.


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