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Fareed Zakaria

Fareed Zakaria is weekly host for CNN, Editor-at-Large, Time, a Washington Post columnist, and a New York Times bestselling author.  He was described in 1999 by Esquire Magazine as “the most influential foreign policy adviser of his generation.” In 2007, Foreign Policy and Prospect magazines named him one of the 100 leading public intellectuals in the world.

Since 2008, he has hosted Fareed Zakaria GPS, a weekly foreign affairs program that airs Sundays worldwide on CNN.  Dr. Zakaria’s in-depth interviews with the Dalai Lama, heads of state including Barack Obama, Manmohan Singh, King Abdullah II, Dmitry Medvedev, Moammar Gadhafi and Lula da Silva, as well as countless intellectuals, business leaders, politicians and journalists have been broadcast in more than 200 million homes in over 210 countries.  Within its first year, GPS garnered an Emmy nomination for an interview with Premier Wen Jaibao.

In October 2000, Dr. Zakaria began overseeing all of Newsweek’s editions abroad.  His cover stories and columns — on subjects from globalization and emerging markets to the Middle East and America’s role in the world — reach more than 25 million readers each week.   While his articles have received many awards, his October 2001 _Newsweek _cover story, “Why They Hate Us,” remains the most decorated. 

Prior to joining Newsweek, Dr. Zakaria served an eight-year term as managing editor of Foreign Affairs, a widely-circulated journal of international politics and economics.  He was appointed to the position when he was 28 years old. 

The Post-American World, which is Dr. Zakaria’s most recent book, was heralded in the New York Times Book Review as "...a relentlessly intelligent book" and The Economist called it “…a powerful guide” to facing global challenges.  Like The Post-American World, his previous book,The Future of Freedom, was a New York Times bestseller and has been translated into over 20 languages. 

Born in India on January 20, 1964, Dr. Zakaria went on to receive a B.A. from Yale College and a Ph.D. from Harvard University.  He has received honorary degrees from numerous universities including Brown, the University of Miami, and Oberlin College.  He currently serves as a Trustee of Yale University. He lives in New York City with his wife, son and two daughters.