"We're the most powerful country in the world," Fareed says. "We have hundreds of thousands of troops occupying some countries, providing security guarantees to others, guarding sea lanes for others. We have this huge impact. But we're not terribly interested in the rest of the world. We sit on top of it, but we don't know much about it."
Fareed believes that Americans have a responsibility to educate themselves about what is going on in the world—because it will directly affect their lives.
"If we can get more engaged with the world, it will have one set of outcomes for the world," he says."But if we don't, and we find the only way we know how to engage with the world is through our military, it's going to have a very different set of outcomes for the world. If you don't get informed, your job is going to be affected by trends that you don't understand. Your job is going to be affected by forces you don't understand. Your children's future is going to be affected by forces that you don't understand."