Fareed Zakaria GPS – CNN 10-18-15

Salient to Investors:

Fareed Zakaria said:

  • In the late 70s and 80s, Russia invaded Afghanistan and intervened elsewhere amid praise that it was winning the Cold War. Like then, it remains a mistake to believe that activity is achievement, that every crisis can be solved by a major power. If Russia and Iran win in Syria they will inherit a sinking hotspot led by a minority regime.
  • A peak of 170,000 US soldiers in Iraq and nearly $2 trillion produced a humanitarian catastrophe in Iraq: 4 four million displaced civilians and 150,000+ dead. Libya is called a ‘battled-worn wasteland’, and Yemen’s civil war is tearing it apart. Be glad that Obama has chosen Eisenhower’s path to global power and not Putin’s.
  • Opportunities are more available to women in America because of the idea that anyone can succeed here.
  • The IMF predicts a 246% debt to GDP ratio for Japan in 2015, versus 105% for the US.

Anne-Marie Slaughter at New America said:

  • With 60%+ of women working, the American workplace no longer makes room for care giving.
  • Since the 1990s, only 20% of women are in senior management because they get shut out when they have kids and are the lead parent. While women’s roles have changed radically since the 1950s, men’s have not.

Andy Moravcsik at Princeton said:

  • Sweden and Denmark are better at giving parental leave for care giving than the US.
  • Opportunities are more available to women in America because of the belief that anyone can succeed here.
  • Americans believe that a man who becomes the lead parent has the same legitimate standing in society that a woman does. Men are trapped in a role where they have to work and not also be caregivers.

Watch the video at http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/category/gps-episodes/ or read the full transcript at http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1510/18/fzgps.01.html