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Fareed Zakaria

Global Thinker, Columnist & CNN Host

Host of CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS, contributing editor at The Atlantic, and Washington Post columnist Fareed Zakaria is widely respected for his thoughtful analysis and ability to spot economic and political trends. Esquire magazine described him as “the most influential foreign policy adviser of his generation.” Fareed Zakaria GPS, CNN’s flagship international affairs program, has…

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Host of CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS, contributing editor at The Atlantic, and Washington Post columnist Fareed Zakaria is widely respected for his thoughtful analysis and ability to spot economic and political trends. Esquire magazine described him as “the most influential foreign policy adviser of his generation.”

Fareed Zakaria GPS, CNN’s flagship international affairs program, has become a destination for those seeking smart commentary and civil conversation about the big ideas and global challenges of our time. Winner of a 2012 Peabody Award, the Emmy-nominated GPS features Zakaria’s fascinating panel discussions and one-on-one interviews with heads of state, intellectuals, and business leaders. His columns and covers stories — ranging from the future of the Middle East and America’s role in the world to the politics and culture of the global economy — reach millions of readers.

Zakaria’s international bestseller The Post-American World is about the “rise of the rest,” analyzing the growth of China, India, Brazil, among others, and what it means for the future. The New York Times called it “a relentlessly intelligent book,” while the Boston Sunday Globe praised Zakaria for having “more intellectual range and insights than any other public thinker in the West.” His previous New York Times bestseller, The Future of Freedom, has been translated into more than 20 languages and was called “a work of tremendous originality and insight” by The Washington Post.

Born in India and educated at Yale and Harvard, where he received his PhD, Zakaria became the youngest managing editor of Foreign Affairs at 28. He was the editor of Newsweek International from 2000 to 2010 and Editor-at-Large at TIME from 2010 to 2014. One of Jon Stewart’s favorite guests on The Daily Show, Zakaria is known for his good humor, wit, and unique approach to international relations that combines the knowledge of a historian and the theoretical command of a political scientist. 

Zakaria serves on the board of the New America Foundation. He has won the Deadline Club Award for Best Columnist, a National Magazine Award, two Overseas Press Club Awards, and the Padma Bhushan. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Slate. Foreign Policy magazine named him one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers.

His latest book, In Defense of a Liberal Education, debuted at #6 on The New York Times best sellers list in April 2015.

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Trump, Populism, and the Era of De-Globalization
The election of Donald Trump poses a fundamental question: Is the era of globalization over? Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the free movement of capital, goods, services, and people accelerated across the world. These trends are either slowing down or reversing. What are the implications of de-globalization?

Global Trends & Hot Spots
Fareed Zakaria examines the state of the world and the important forces, developments, and risks that will affect you, your business, and your country.

How to Innovate: The Key for Countries, Companies, and People
Innovation is the buzzword of the moment. But what does it actually mean? How does one innovate, as a country, a company, or an individual? Fareed Zakaria gives you a controversial perspective deeply rooted in facts and data. He points out that many of the key indicators of innovation – excellence in science testing for example – simply do not work. He does what few experts do — look around the world and through history — for examples of innovation. He takes you to Sweden and Israel, to Germany and Japan, and back in time to the sewing machine and the electric bulb to shed light on the innovations taking place right now and the ones we are going to see unfold. He talks about the multiple technological revolutions that are changing the game today. The result is a startling, original understanding of the topic, one that will change the way you think about it.

The Rise of the Rest: The Post-American World
Fareed Zakaria sees the “rise of the rest” —  the growth of countries like China, India, Brazil, Russia, and many others — as the great story of our time, and one that will reshape the world. How will the global shift in power from West to East impact different parts of the world? How should the United States understand and thrive in a rapidly changing international climate in which it will no longer dominate the global economy, orchestrate geopolitics, or overwhelm cultures? Dr. Zakaria will explore what it means to live in a truly global era.

The Politics & Culture of the Global Economy
How will globalization affect you, your business, your country? Understanding this requires mapping out the forces that have produced the global economy, assessing the lessons learned from the economic crisis, and determining how the different dimensions of globalization will change and exert their influence in the future. Understanding the global economy — and how people, corporations and governments fit into it — requires a far more complex understanding of the interaction of politics, culture, technology and economics.

The Future of Energy: Challenges & Solutions
The world is changing. Every day, new modes of operation and production seize the public’s imagination, helping them work more efficiently. Yet, while advancements in technology make lives easier, years from now, current consumption practices may have irreversible ecological effects. In his ongoing discussion about energy, Fareed Zakaria highlights some of the strengths and weaknesses of our struggle with energy. From wind-powered turbines to thermonuclear cores, Zakaria investigates and explicates the next fifty years of energy utilization and what it means for our planet.

Is the American Dream Out of Reach?
The shifting global economic landscape has placed new and powerful pressures on the average American. And now a subpar-turned-floundering recovery in the U.S. and much of the developed world is creating new risks for the whole economic system.  Fareed Zakaria describes these pressures and risks and analyzes whether governments have the capacity to make the changes that societies need to survive and flourish. Americans have assumed that hard work and a good education lead to good jobs, rising wages, and secure retirements. Is this a realistic prospect for the future or a dream?

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