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Fareed Zakaria
Fareed Zakaria
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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 GPSCNN’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 cover 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 wrote, "Zakaria...may have 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.

A favorite guest over the years on programs such as The Daily Show, Charlie Rose, and The Colbert Report, 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 YorkerThe New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, and SlateForeign 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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  • Zakaria on “the rise of the rest” and the big story of our time
  • Zakaria on Bloomberg: The Value of a Liberal Education (2015)
  • Zakaria on Obama’s legacy, populism in the West, and Trump's foreign policy (2016)
  • Zakaria on U.S. foreign policy and his interview with President Obama (2016)
  • Will America Remain the World's Policeman? Should It? (2016)
  • Zakaria on India, China, Iran, ISIS, Syria, and education (2015)
  • Oil and America Adapting in Global Economy (2015)
  • Fareed Zakaria on The Daily Show (2013)
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Speaking Topics
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?

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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.

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How to Innovate: The Key for Countries, Companies, and People

Innovation is a 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. Dr. Zakaria 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.

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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.

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The Future of Education: Technology, Globalization, and Transformation
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.

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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.

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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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Healthcare: Notes on Cost, Control, and Innovation
China's Rise: The World's Biggest Story
Books & Other Works
  • In Defense of a Liberal Education
  • The Post-American World 2.0
  • The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad
  • Newsweek Cover Story: Why They Hate Us
  • The American Encounter: The United States and the Making of the Modern World
  • From Wealth to Power: The Unusual Origins of America's World Role
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“In the words of one of our donors, “I admire people who can take very complicated issues and communicate them in a simple, understandable way. Zakaria was remarkable.” These thoughts were echoed by numerous people who attended The New Albany Community Foundation’s sold out Jefferson Series lecture featuring Dr. Fareed Zakaria. Dr. Zakaria was as engaging as he was knowledgeable and our audience really responded to that. It was a pleasure to host him and we’re all feeling a lot more informed as a result.”
The New Albany Community Foundation
“Fareed Zakaria was absolutely terrific. A superb speaker and a delightful person.”
Stanford University
“Of the 41 years in the crazy job, Fareed has to be one of the top five to ever appear on our stage. "Astonishing" is about the only word I can think of right now.”
Foothill College Celebrity Forum
“A home run...He is such a scholar and we are still on cloud 9.”
World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth
“Dr. Zakaria was the highlight of the conference. He held the audience spellbound for nearly an hour. Speaking without notes he effortlessly synthesized his encylopedic knowledge of micro and macro global economic and political trends -- from funds flow to demographics and everything in between — bringing it all to conclusions that were relevant to our conference and meaningful to our audience.”
Association for Corporate Growth
“Fareed was terrific. What a quality person. His presentation was extremely well received and his meet and greet later demonstrated how much humility he conducts himself with. We were all very impressed.”
Informa Canada
“He was remarkably candid, consistently passionate and knowledgeable about world affairs, and mesmerized his listeners with insights into the current international situation.”
Cameron University
“As always Fareed was a hit. His talk went very well - I think the audience was very pleased!”
Society for Human Resource Management
“It was an amazing event... We sold out of all tickets. (He) spoke for over an hour without a note. Applause went on and on both after the speech and the Q&A.”
Kaplan JCC of the Greater Palm Beaches
“His address last evening stands out as perhaps the most important and informative in my 27-year history with the Public Forum. And the audience agreed. Although courteous and responsive, it is not its custom to give standing ovations, as was the case last night.”
Springfield Public Forum
“The Singapore audience was dazzled by his wit, intelligence and persuasive arguments. They were very impressed.”
The Institute of Policy Studies
“Fareed was fantastic. He had the audience from start to finish and they rewarded him with a standing ovation. People were impressed not only with his command of facts but also with the rather upbeat message which in these difficult times was like a breath of fresh air.”
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