The tallest building in the world is now in Dubai, the biggest factory in the world is in China, the largest oil refinery is in India, the largest investment fund in the world is in Abu Dhabi, the largest Ferris wheel in the world is in Singapore.— Fareed Zakaria
The most memorable Fareed Zakaria quotes that are life-changing and eye-opening
The Berlin Wall wasn't the only barrier to fall after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. Traditional barriers to the flow of money, trade, people and ideas also fell.
What we see today is an American economy that has boomed because of policies and developments of the 1950s and '60s: the interstate-highway system, massive funding for science and technology, a public-education system that was the envy of the world and generous immigration policies.
If there is one lesson for U.S. foreign policy from the past 10 years, it is surely that military intervention can seem simple but is in fact a complex affair with the potential for unintended consequences.
Street protests in Saudi Arabia might warm our hearts, but they could easily lead to $250 a barrel oil and a global recession.
Americans have so far put up with inequality because they felt they could change their status. They didn't mind others being rich, as long as they had a path to move up as well. The American Dream is all about social mobility in a sense - the idea that anyone can make it.
Generations from now, when historians write about these times, they might note that, in the early decades of the twenty-first century, the United States succeeded in its great and historic mission--it globalized the world. But along the way, they might write, it forgot to globalize itself.
Thanks to the Communist Party of China, we now know the path to poverty alleviation is Capitalism.
But as the arms-control scholar Thomas Schelling once noted, two things are very expensive in international life: promises when they succeed and threats when they fail.
If you listen to the political discourse in America today, you would think that all our problems have been caused by the Mexicans of the Chinese or the Muslims. The reality is that we have caused our own problems. Whatever has happened has been caused by isolating ourselves or blaming others.
I am an American, not by accident of birth but by choice.
I voted with my feet and became an American because I love this country and think it is exceptional.
Iran is a country of 80 million people, educated and dynamic.
It sits astride a crucial part of the world. It cannot be sanctioned and pressed down forever. It is the last great civilization to sit outside the global order.
It all looks American because America, the country that invented mass capitalism and consumerism, got there first. the impact of mass capitalism is now universal.
Legitimacy is the elixir of political power.
Democracy is also a single ideology, and, like all such templates, it has its limits. what works in a legislature might not work in a corporation.
In a world awash in debt, power shifts to creditors.
In a very weak economy, when you say 'cut government spending,' what you mean is you're laying off school teachers and you're de-funding various programs that put money into the economy. This means you have more unemployed people that then draw unemployment benefits and don't pay taxes.
There is no way to turn off this global economy, nor should one try.
Every previous expansion of global capitalism has led to greater prosperity across the world.
In the 1990s, we were certain that Saddam Hussein had a nuclear arsenal.
In fact, his factories could barely make soap.
I'd be kidding if I said that I predicted the financial collapse.
Alaska itself is an unusual state.
...foreign policy is a matter of costs and benefits, not theology.
It hasn't been easy to find American citizens who are willing to pick fruit in 110 degree weather.
France placed the state above society , democracy above constitutionalism, and equality above liberty. As a result, for much of the nineteenth century it was democratic, with broad suffrage and elections, but hardly liberal. it was certainly a less secure home for individual freedom than was England or America.
If envy were the cause of terrorism, Beverly Hills [and] Fifth Avenue .
.. would have become targets long ago.
If we didn't have the rest of the world growing, the United States economy would be in much worse shape than it is today.
There is a huge crisis of employment in America, in the Western world in general.
America washes its dirty linen in public.
When scandals such as this one hit, they do sully America's image in the world. But what usually also gets broadcast around the world is the vivid reality that the United States forces accountability and punishes wrongdoing, even at the highest levels.
It's not possible for two countries to be the leading dominant political power at the same time.
The twentieth century was marked by two broad trends: the regulation of capitalism and the deregulation of democracy. Both experiments overreached.
Conservatives used to believe in confronting hard truths, not succumbing to comforting fairy tales. Some still do.
I very much want to be in the business of creating content, of doing stories all over the world rather than figuring out what the business model is for 'Newsweek' on the iPad, although that's very important work as well.
I grew up in this world where everything seemed possible.
The markets are much more interested in America's long-term trajectory than they are in feeling that there is an acute short-term crisis.
It's really difficult to have your voice heard and feared when you both speak softly and carry a twig.
The great drama of Russian history has been between its state and society.
Put simply, Russia has always had too much state and not enough society.
A nation's path to greatness lies in its economic prowess and .
.. militarism, empire, and aggression lead to a dead end.
The American consumer, even today, the weight of the American consumer in the global economy is China plus India doubled. So, it's tough to replace that.
Some have said that the clash between Catholicism and Protestantism illustrates the old maxim that religious freedom is the product of two equally pernicious fanaticisms, each cancelling the other out.
CNN is getting smarter, and you can feel it in the stories, you can feel it in the depth with which they're covered, the kinds of people in terms of guests who are brought on air, the way in which issues are discussed.
The United States needs serious change in its fiscal, entitlement, infrastructure, immigration, and education policies, among others. And yet a polarized and often paralyzed Washington has pushed dealing with these problems off into the future, which will only make them more difficult and expensive to solve.
Foreign policy commands attention when it's crisis management.
A street revolt breaks out in Egypt or Libya or Kiev and everyone asks, how should the president respond? Now these are important parts of America's role in the world, but they are essentially reactive and tactical. The broader challenge is to lay down a longer-term strategy that endures after the crisis of the moment.
Things happening around the world are affecting you and me.
The situation in Syria is quite different from Libya.
ISIS is a formidable foe, but the counter forces to it have only just begun and if these forces, the Iraqi army, the Kurdish Peshmerga, American air power, the Syrian Free Army, work in a coordinated fashion, it will start losing ground. Also, please keep in mind that ISIS does not actually hold as much ground as the many maps flashed on television keep showing. Large parts of those territories that ISIS supposedly controls are vacant desert.
I don't want to paint a picture of total gloom and doom.
On almost every issue involving postwar Iraq, [Bush's] assumptions and policies have been wrong. This strange combination of arrogance and incompetence has not only destroyed the hopes for a new Iraq. It has had the much broader effect of turning the United States into an international outlaw.
The people who watch Fox are not going to watch CNN. You know, lets be honest.
Politics and power is a realm of relative influence.
Strip away the usual hot air, and bin Laden's audiotape is the sign of a seriously weakened man.