Based on his writings, it's tough to pin down Fareed Zakaria
's point of view. At times he sounds like an apologetic voice for U.S. imperialism--he initially supported the invasion of Iraq--but lately he's focused on the rise of Asia as the beginning of a multi-polar, "post-American" economic order. As a result, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) has labeled him "spokesperson for the global elite," charging that he presents pro-corporate ideas as the choice of the global underclass. What to make, then, of his own blog post on the Washington Post/Newsweek PostGlobal
blog, titled "Ending our Imperial Foreign Policy"? Like I said, tough to pin down. Aside from saying that he--and his colleagues at Newsweek
--tend to simplify global relations into a soap opera or horse race (check out the "Global Power Barometer" on PostGlobal
) I'll reserve judgment until after I've heard him speak at the Fairmont, 1717 N. Akard St., on Friday. Hopefully the discussion, titled "Emerging Markets in a Post-American World," digs deeper than the World Affairs Council's summary: "The fact that the tallest buildings, biggest dams, largest-selling movies and most advanced cell phones are now being built in nations like Brazil, Russia, China and India has produced a renewed sense of political confidence and nationalism in these countries." Tickets to find out are $75. Visit dfwworld.org
for more info.
Fri., April 17, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 2009