Bannon vs Trump; Trump's Slur; Trump cancels U.K. Trip; US refugee policy; US vs North Korea; Protests in Iran; Green economy; 2017 in review
Trump seems to have abandoned populism; Trump casts a slur on 1/4 of the World's nations
Trump cancels UK trip and blames Obama for Bush decision; Bringing refugees into the US;
Trump's relationship with Kim Jong Un and North Korea; Trump's reputation and credibility; What's really going on with protests in Iran
Are we bringing back part of the war on drugs; Majijuana taxes make big money for state government;
Despite what many think, 2017 was the best year ever according to Nicholas Kristof;
Will protests in Iran lead to revolution or repression? Also, the Koreas come together, the U.S. and Pakistan drift apart, and Israel puts a two-state solution further out of reach. Then, is global warming behind the arctic chill in the U.S.? And, viewers
Will protests in Iran lead to revolution or repression? Also, the Koreas come together, the U.S. and Pakistan drift apart, and Israel puts a two-state solution further out of reach. Then, is global warming behind the arctic chill in the U.S.? And, viewers look into their crystal balls for 2018.
GUESTS: Thomas Erdbrink, Karim Sadjadpour, Jane Harman, Dan Senor ,Richard Haass.
Encore Episode: POWER OF PUTIN - CNN SPECIAL REPORT: THE MOST POWERFUL MAN IN THE WORLD
Power of Vladimir Putin - CNN Special Report: The Most Powerful Man in the World
In my latest documentary, we describe Russian President Vladimir Putin as the most powerful man in the world. But why? After all, the United States -- and China, for that matter -- are more powerful countries than Russia.
The power of a head of state is determined both by the country's strength and the capacity he or she has to exercise that power, unilaterally, unconstrained by other institutions, parties and political forces. And combining those two metrics, it's easy to see why Vladimir Putin rises to the top of list.
Putin has created what he calls a "vertical of power," something unlike any we see in other great nations. As the Russian chess grandmaster Gary Kasparov -- himself a harsh critic of Putin -- has noted, the entire structure of Russian political power rests on one man. When the czar died, you knew the structure that would endure and the process by which his successor, his son, would be elevated. When the general secretary of the Soviet Communist Party died, the Standing Committee and the Politburo would select his successor. But when Putin dies -- I almost wrote if -- what will happen? No one knows.
To understand Putin, you have to understand Russia. The last hundred years for that country have seen the fall of the monarchy, the collapse of democracy, the great depression, World War II with its tens of millions of Russians dead, Stalin's totalitarian brutalities, the collapse of communism, the breakup of the Soviet Union, and Boris Yeltsin's years of chaos and corruption.
Then comes Vladimir Putin, who ushers in stability and, in popular perception, rising standards of living and increasing prominence and respect in the world. That respect is important.
Russians have immense national pride. Russia is the largest country on the planet -- 48 times larger than Germany and encompassing 11 time zones that straddle Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.
Russia is also a rich country, containing some of the largest deposits of raw materials, from oil and natural gas to nickel and aluminum. Culturally, it has often thought of itself as the third Rome, preserving Christianity even as Rome and Byzantium fell to the Barbarians.
Putin understands Russia. But he also understands the world. He is not foolish enough to make a frontal assault on America or Europe. Instead, he knows how to use power asymmetrically, with cyber tools and disinformation.
He also understands the vulnerabilities of free societies -- their internal divisions and discord, and their gaping openness. He understands the fragility of institutions like the European Union and ideas like integration and diversity.
In other words, Vladimir Putin understands us very well. But all that begs an important question: Do we -- and does Donald Trump -- really understand him?
GOP tax plan watershed in US history?; Putin meets the press; Iraq's new "mission accomplished" moment?; The future of women in the workforce; Has populism peaked?; A Trump boom or a Trump bubble?; Fareed's Christmas gifts recommendations
GOP tax plan could usher in a bleak future for America
Vladimir Putin usually bases the U.S. in his yearly press conference, his time he praised the President
Isis may have been defeated militarily in Iraq, but not yet politically or ideologically; Trends suggest we'll see more refugees in 2018 & more people displaced long-term; Did Putin "win" the Syria struggle? and his play for prominence around the world
Female participation in the American workforce has flagged, why are fewer women in the U.S. working?; U.S. needs more women in math and science fields
Roy Moore, populism & Donald Trump are we seeing a peak in populism
Are we seeing a boom or bubble under Trump, strongest stock market on record amid weakest economic recovery on record
Fareed's recommendations for Christmas gifts
Fareed's take; Trump's controversial Jerusalem decision; For Arabs, is Iran more concerning than Israel? What in the world; U.N. Secretary-General on Jerusalem; Who will fill the vacuum left by America? U.N. Chief on what to do about North Korea
why Jerusalem matters; a debate in the global public square; former diplomat Dore Gold on Israel's diplomatic doctrine; the U.S. is a beacon of inequality in the world; how archaeologists measure inequality; Guterres: I was quite hopeful about Pres. Trump's efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; Guterres: I don't think China controls North Korea