Board Member

Fareed Zakaria

Fareed Zakaria

Host, Fareed Zakaria GPS, CNN

Fareed Zakaria hosts Fareed Zakaria GPS, a weekly international and domestic affairs program, for CNN Worldwide and is a columnist for the Washington Post, a contributing editor for the Atlantic, and an author. Zakaria has regularly hosted prime-time specials for CNN Worldwide and frequently contributes his analysis of world events and public affairs to, the daily digital newsletter Fareed’s Global Briefing, and other programming across CNN’s multiple platforms.

Prior to his tenure at CNN Worldwide, Zakaria 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.

He is the author of three best-selling books: In Defense of a Liberal Education, a commentary on the importance of a well-rounded education; The Post-American World, a discussion of the rise of non-Western powers; and The Future of Freedom, a study of “illiberal democracy” in various countries.

In 2017, Zakaria was awarded the American Academy of Diplomacy’s Arthur Ross Media Award. He was named a Top 10 Global Thinker of the Last 10 Years by Foreign Policy magazine in 2019, and Esquire has called him “the most influential foreign policy adviser of his generation.” He serves on the board of New America. Zakaria earned a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a doctorate from Harvard University and has received numerous honorary degrees. He is based in New York, NY.

Top Stories on CFR

International Organizations

The 2022 FIFA World Cup has kicked off in Qatar, and billions of fans worldwide are tuning in to the world’s most popular live event. And yet as in years past, the Qatar Cup is transpiring under the shadow of controversy.

Middle East and North Africa

The kafala system regulates the lives of tens of millions of migrant laborers in the Middle East, but growing outrage over human rights abuses, racism, and gender discrimination has fueled calls for reform.


Government leaders are optimistic that COVID-19 is becoming endemic, meaning more predictable and manageable. But many scientists say it’s too soon to behave like the pandemic is over.