Fareed Zakaria, editor of Newsweek International, appears in conversation with Reza Aslan to discuss his newest book The Post-American World.
Their discussion covers a range of topics of international concern, from the rise of China, India, and other emerging economic powers to the foreign policy of the United States and the ability of America to set the moral agenda.
Reza Aslan is a writer and scholar of religions.
Born in Iran, Aslan is currently a research associate at the University of Southern California's Center on Public Diplomacy. He was a visiting assistant professor of Islamic and Middle Eastern studies at the University of Iowa and the Truman Capote Fellow in Fiction at the Iowa Writer's Workshop.
A frequent commentator on television, radio, and in print, Aslan is a graduate of Santa Clara University, Harvard University, and the University of Iowa. He is the author of No god but God: The Origins, Evolution and Future of Islam and How to Win a Cosmic War: Why We're Losing the War on Terror.
Fareed Zakaria is host of CNN’s flagship international affairs program -- Fareed Zakaria GPS. He is also Editor-at-Large of TIME magazine, a Washington Post columnist, and a New York Times bestselling author. He is the author of The Post American World and The Future of Freedom. Born in India in 1964, Dr. Zakaria went on to receive a B.A. from Yale University and a Ph.D. from Harvard University.
Fareed Zakaria, author of The Post-American World, believes the United States must decide how to handle the 21st century multipolar world and should encourage other nations to become major players and stake-holders in this emerging world, rather than trying to compete with them.
Newsweek International editor Fareed Zakaria criticizes the Bush administration for failing to diplomatically and politically engage in destabilizing terrorist organizations (like Hezbollah and the Taliban) in the Middle East.
Fareed Zakaria describes the consequences of America's overly cautious and restrictive policies on issuing visas to international workers: America is losing its image as the place of innovation, adventure, and enterprise, and other nations are taking its place.
Process by which the experience of everyday life, marked by the diffusion of commodities and ideas, is becoming standardized around the world. Factors that have contributed to globalization include increasingly sophisticated communications and transportation technologies and services, mass migration and the movement of peoples, a level of economic activity that has outgrown national markets through industrial combinations and commercial groupings that cross national frontiers, and international agreements that reduce the cost of doing business in foreign countries. Globalization offers huge potential profits to companies and nations but has been complicated by widely differing expectations, standards of living, cultures and values, and legal systems as well as unexpected global cause-and-effect linkages. See alsofree trade.
Originally Posted by Chisinha
Sounds like he's only addressing the big boys: US can invade Panama as long as it doesn't bring back torture?
It seems to me that you're missing the point Fareed is trying to make, not that I completely agree with him. Obviously, canceling the torture would not automatically justify interventionism of the US, but it will make it more legitimate. Throughout the world history great powers used to compete for spheres of influence and US is not an exception. However, Fareed Zakaria argues that "democratization strategy" often achieved by the use of force is less damaging to the the US image of the world leader than not keeping up with the liberal values on which this particular strategy is based.
I've just read this book on my Amazon Kindle. Great book and very good Kindle production. I've read recently in the Wall Street Journal that Senator Obama was seen reading this book on the campaign trail. If he gets elected I hope he was paying attention to the final chapters in particular. Bravo, Mr. Zakaria.
An outstanding overview of the challenges facing the US, and the missteps we risk with our current foreign policy. I'm going to have to record his CNN show for sure, and I just stuck the book in my Amazon wishlist.