Fareed Zakaria

Fareed Zakaria

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1964 - present

Fareed Zakaria is one of the country's foremost public intellectuals, and author of three highly-regarded and New York Times bestselling books. Fareed is the host of CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS, a weekly international and domestic affairs program that airs globally. Since its debut in 2008, it has become a prominent TV forum for global newsmakers and thought leaders. He is also a columnist for the Washington Post, and a contributing editor for the Atlantic. He has regularly hosted prime-time specials for CNN Worldwide, such as “Blindsided: How ISIS Shook the World,” “Why Trump Won,” and “Putin: The Most Powerful Man in the World.” He frequently contributes his analysis of world events and public affairs to; Fareed’s Global Briefing, a daily digital newsletter; and other programming across CNN’s multiple platforms. Prior to his tenure at CNN Worldwide, Fareed was editor of Newsweek International, managing editor of Foreign Affairs, a columnist for Time, an analyst for ABC News, and the host of Foreign Exchange With Fareed Zakaria on PBS. In 2013, he became one of the producers for the HBO series Vice, serving as a consultant.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • The program takes a comprehensive look at foreign affairs and global policies through in-depth, one-on-one interviews.

  • Interviewees on the program included former U.S. President Barack Obama, French President Emmanuel Macron, and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.

  • He also hosted Russian President Vladimir Putin, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

  • Other past guests include military officials such as General David Petraeus and Admiral Michael Mullen.

  • Corporate leaders such as Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein and Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi , and other public figures such as Bill Maher and Bono, have appeared.

  • The program earned the prestigious Peabody Award in 2011 and multiple Emmy nominations.


  • 2020 Founders Award for Excellence in Journalism, International Center for Journalists

  • 2019 Top 10 Global Thinkers of the Last 10 Years, Foreign Policy

  • 2017 Arthur Ross Media Award, American Academy of Diplomacy

  • 2010 Padma Bhushan, Government of India

  • 2010 Top 100 Global Thinkers, Foreign Policy

  • 1999 Most Influential Foreign Policy Adviser of his Generation, Esquire

  • He has received honorary degrees from numerous universities including Johns Hopkins, Brown, the University of Miami, and Oberlin College.



  • Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World (2020)

  • In Defense of a Liberal Education (2015)

  • The Post-American World (2008)

  • The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad (2007)

  • From Wealth to Power: The Unusual Origins of America's World Role (1999)