December 30th, 2011
09:00 PM ET

GPS this Sunday: 2012 predictions

On the first Global Public Square show of the year, we gaze into our crystal ball - what will happen in 2012?

And then, some of GPS' favorite guests on the spot:

Anne-Marie Slaughter of Princeton University, Ian Bremmer from the Eurasia Group, and Daniel Franklin from the Economist's "World in 2012" Edition look ahead at the next twelve months. Will the U.S. and/or Israel bomb Iran? What happens to Pakistan? How will the Arab Spring unfold? What of the euro's fate? And who will be the next President of the United States of America?

And looking far ahead into the future of science: Harvard theoretical physicist Lisa Randall talks about the God Particle and more.

Plus - deep inside the human mind, with Nobel Prize-winning economist Daniel Kahneman, author of Thinking, Fast and Slow.

All this Sunday at 10a.m. and 1p.m. on CNN.

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  1. j. von hettlingen

    If a armed conflict broke out due to the blockade of the Strait of Hormuz Russia would be the winner, as it could export more gas and oil to Europe and China.

    December 31, 2011 at 6:47 am | Reply
  2. j. von hettlingen

    There will be no immediate rapprochement between Pakistan and the U.S. next year. There's a general belief that the U.S. should stay out of the region. Freedom and democracy are seen as something quite natural nowadays in the Arab World that they not longer are attributed to Western achievements. There are going to be more turbulences within the Eurozone next year.

    December 31, 2011 at 7:11 am | Reply
  3. .

    Iran is not going to block the Straights of Hormuz and they're way too dumb to make a nuke.

    Where'd all the hope and change go?

    December 31, 2011 at 8:11 am | Reply
    • To know Iran read the history of Iran, from different perspectives

      To know Iran read the history of Iran, from different perspectives

      January 1, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Reply
    • John

      Man, are you stupid or what!!?

      January 1, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Reply
  4. David Goldsmith

    You implied in your discussion with Lisa Randall that Republicans are inhibiting science. In fact, it was the Democrat party that killed the giant super collider which would have been built in Texas. It would have exceeded the power of the european one and would have put the US at the cutting edge of particle physics. The Republicans were livid. The Democrats demanded more butter, less science.

    January 1, 2012 at 11:44 am | Reply
  5. Susan Stephens

    Ian Bremmer, Incented? Really? Motivated, maybe? You think for yourself. Don't follow less capable people when you speak.

    January 1, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Reply
  6. USMouse

    Awesome perspective with more global changes in leadership expected in 2010 affecting more than 53% of our planet's population.... Definitely incentive to take the time to pay attention to current event news and stop and think slowly about our choices and actions of ourselves and those around us as we dig deeper into a global market where we affect each other so dramatically. Thanks Fareed! This Mouse Loves You more than Anderson for your intelligent thoughts =)

    January 1, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Reply
    • USMouse

      oops 2012 =) Wouldn't it be nice to go back 2 years with what we know now and possibly tweak things here or there to assist today.

      January 1, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Reply

    what is so amazing is that not you nor your panel mention putin as a dictator. have you not following what is going on in Russia? I know you mentioned it few times but how can you not see connection to almost every foreign policy of US or Western world to anti democratic anti west politics of this kgb agent. when US or Canadian media keeps sugar coating this stalinist criminal I can not help but think that what i read online about putin having all world wide msm in his pocket is absolutely correct. wake up and support Russian intellectuals against the side show that has been keeping that extremely important nation a hostage.

    January 1, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Reply
  8. Dr. Stephen Fretwell

    Honest science proved that biblical theology (God, devil, Yeshua, the whole deal) was true beyond reasonable doubt about 30 years ago. Big Science, the new atheistic priesthood, has been suppressing this discovery ever since. Guilt over this shows up in their psychological projection of their denial of evidence onto the saner masses who get it, that evolution is a half truth and bad science. Do the biblical experiment that "proves" God yourself (Malachi 3:10). and He will show you the rest of the data. Or stay in denial. Your choice.

    Just hoped you might want to know.

    January 1, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Reply
  9. ME

    Mr. Zakaria, I am watching your program today, and your panel is discussing the situation about Syrian leader if he will remain in the power in 2012? I have a question, will the relationship and support of Iranian government behind Syrian's have any affect of the faith of Syrian leader Bashar Assad to remain in power? As it was discovered that during the green movement in June 2009, Iranian government brought hit-men from Syrian Hezbollah to slaughter Iranians on the streets of Iran. And in return Iranian government has sent out man-power to fight against Syrians on the streets of Syria during the past few months.
    Would you think due to this cooperation, the system that have supported Iranian government in spite of all of their wrong doing in the international scale, would help Syrian leader Bashar Assad to stay in power longer?

    January 1, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Reply
  10. Robert Baxter

    The strategic experts on the show exposed their ignorance about Iran. Their superficial understanding of the inner workings of Iran was revealed when asked about the potential for change in the leadership there. Have no idea really?! If the subject and roles where reversed, can't imagine how your viewers would accept how an expert about American politics could only shrug their shoulders not having any idea about potential leaders in the US. GPS needs better experts on Iran to inform the public; a country the US is speculating about starting a war with.

    January 1, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Reply
  11. R Passarella

    Mr. Kahneman states that "Opt Out" policies on organ donation dramatically increase the level of donations in European contries compared to those that do not have it (i.e., "Opt In Countries" = 15% donation rate, while "Opt Out Countries" = 90% donation rate).

    A recent study conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Medical School contradicts this statement, showing only modest differences between European countries with different "default" policies. See

    While Mr. Kahneman is indeed a highly respected individual, where did he get his facts?

    While "default policies" clearly can influence some behavior(s), it does not appear to be so in the case.

    In light of the dramatic difference in these two views, GPS should provide a clarification of Mr. Kahneman's statement.

    January 2, 2012 at 3:54 am | Reply
  12. Donald Reynolds

    Please repeat the $1.10 example Daniel Kahneman gave on Sun. 1-1-12 GPS.

    January 2, 2012 at 11:45 am | Reply
    • Robert

      From the transcript for the show ( ):

      A baseball bat and ball cost $1.10 together. The bat cost $1 more than the ball. Together they cost $1.10. How much does the ball cost? What is your answer?

      So I bet you said that the ball costs $0.10. If you did, you'd be dead wrong. Don't worry. You have good company. The majority of students at MIT, Princeton and Harvard got it wrong, too.

      By the way, the correct answer is the ball costs $0.05. The bat $1.05. If the bat costs $1 and a ball costs $0.10, there's only a $0.90 difference between the bat and ball, not a dollar. Why does everyone get it wrong?

      January 4, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Reply
  13. Alan

    Hey, do you know what fans of your show don't own. Televisions. Really miss this show, though not enough to shell out $500 for a tv.

    January 2, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Reply
  14. KaSandra M . Grace

    Please repeat the $1.10 example Daniel Kahneman gave on Sun. 1-1-12. Thank you!

    January 2, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Reply
  15. Jim Hultman

    Trying to pull up the Lisa Randall segment on GPS, but cannot get it . Anybody know how to view it?? It has some profound statements by her.

    January 2, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Reply
    • Fabrice

      I am also trying to share this segment as it was excellent but can't get a link.
      I recommend you subscribe to the podcast from iTunes. This is how I got it.

      January 5, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Reply
  16. Jim Hultman

    This is the worst web site of all. It's the hardest to get any information, and any attempt sends you around in circles. In plain sucks!!!

    January 2, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Reply
  17. Shirley Anderson

    On your December 30th show, Daniel Kahneman gave the formula for solving the ball/bat problem. Would you please send me the formula??

    Thanks for a very informative show.

    January 9, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Reply
  18. Duck

    Dude...I tltaoly responded to this like 3 times and WordPress was being a pill. Now, the point is moot. But, I thank you for reading, commenting, and just being all-around awesome and smart. Seriously.

    February 12, 2012 at 12:23 am | Reply

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