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Fareed Zakaria GPS


Fareed Zakaria GPS takes a comprehensive look at foreign affairs and global policies through in-depth, one-on-one interviews and fascinating roundtable discussions.

Fareed Zakaria GPS takes a comprehensive look at foreign affairs and global policies through in-depth, one-on-one interviews and fascinating roundtable discussions.


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Fareed Zakaria GPS takes a comprehensive look at foreign affairs and global policies through in-depth, one-on-one interviews and fascinating roundtable discussions.




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October 17, 2021 | On GPS: What’s wrong with the supply chain and labor market in America and around the world?; Poland’s democratic downturn; the surprising American state where some of the world’s rich and powerful are hiding their money.

Haven’t received your online shopping on time? Fareed talks to David Lynch, global economics correspondent for the Washington Post, about why the post-pandemic economy is seeing supply shortages and high prices for goods. What is causing these glitches in the global supply chain? One piece of the puzzle is the shake-up in the labor market, Heather Long, an economics correspondent for the Washington Post, tells Fareed about the great re-assessment of work in America and how the puzzling data...


October 10, 2021 | On GPS: 2021 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Maria Ressa and her attorney Amal Clooney; Are China and Taiwan headed for war?; Is Britain just the beginning of a looming energy crisis?

This week the Nobel Committee awarded Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov the Nobel peace prize for their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression. Ressa and her attorney, international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, join Fareed to discuss why fighting for a free press is essential in maintaining healthy functional democracies around the world. Then: on Wednesday, Taiwan’s defense minister said that tensions with China are at their worst in 40 years, Fareed talks to former U.S. national...


October 3, 2021 | On GPS: An expert panel on President Biden’s foreign policy agenda; a report from the Sahel in Africa, a new jihadist terror hotspot; and Dr. Sanja Gupta on lessons learned from the pandemic

After his Take, Fareed is joined by an all-star panel: Richard Haass, the president of the Council on Foreign Relations; Anne-Marie Slaughter, CEO of New America; and Ian Bremmer, president of the Eurasia Group. They discuss the United States’ geopolitical pivot from Europe and the Middle East to Asia. Then the Sahel in Africa, the region between the Sahara Desert and the Savanah, is seeing an uptick of jihadist violence and Foreign Policy’s Amy MacKinnon tells Fareed what has been happening...


September 26, 2021 | On GPS: The French Ambassador to the U.S., Philippe Étienne, on upset over the AUKUS deal; Iraqi President Barham Salih on watching the fall of Kabul from Baghdad; Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven on his country’s COVID-19 experim

Fareed talks to Philippe Étienne, the French ambassador to the U.S., who is still in Paris after being recalled due to the AUKUS submarine deal. He discusses mending the close alliance between France and the U.S. Fareed also sits down with Iraqi President Barham Salih to discuss how the fall of Afghanistan impacted Iraq and how he plans to get Iraqis out of the vicious cycle of Middle East conflict. Then, Fareed talks to Stefan Löfven, the prime minister of Sweden, to talk about his...


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France recalled its Ambassadors to Washington and Canberra this week following the announcement of the new security partnership between the United States, Australia, and United Kingdom. Gérard Araud, the former French Ambassador to the U.S., talks to Fareed about the state of Franco-American relations. Then, ahead of the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly this week, Fareed sits down with Secretary General António Guterres to discuss the need for global...


September 12, 2021 |On GPS: Fmr. U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair on 9/11 & defeating radical Islam; exclusive interview with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

20 years after 9/11, Fareed gives his take on the state of radical Islam today. Then, Former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair reflects on the days after 9/11 and the roots of Islamic extremism. Finally, an exclusive interview with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Is he confident the U.S. will defend his nation from Russia, after the world witnessed what happened in Afghanistan last month? Pres. Zelensky and Fareed discuss that plus the scandal that centered on Ukraine and led to Trump's...


September 5, 2021 | On GPS: A Fareed Zakaria GPS Special: The Post-COVID-19 World. Once the extraordinary measures are over, how will our world have changed? How should it be different?

Fareed talks to Joanne Lipman, former Editor-in-Chief of USA Today, on how the pandemic has made us rethink the workplace and our work-life balance. Then, former U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, tells Fareed how the transition to digital school came with a big learning curve for students, teachers, and parents alike and what can be done to improve the future of education. In the Spring of 2020, many thought cities would be yet another victim of the pandemic, but University of...


August 22, 2021 |On GPS: The uncertain future of Afghanistan; the world’s response to U.S. withdrawal; the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan; resiliency through the pandemic

Fareed offers his take on why leaving Afghanistan is still the right decision even amidst the heartbreaking and chaotic withdrawal. But, first, Jim Sciutto opens the show with Afghan natives Rina Amiri, Senior Fellow at NYU’s Center for Global Affairs, and Sami Mahdi, an Afghan journalist, on the future of their home country. Reporting from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, CNN’s Senior International Correspondent Sam Kiley describes the ongoing troubles there. Then, Rory Stewart,...


August 15, 2021 | On GPS: Kabul falls as the Taliban takes over Afghanistan; the summer of climate crises continues

As President Ghani flees Afghanistan while the Taliban seizes control of the country, Fareed talks to Clarissa Ward, CNN’s Chief International Correspondent, about the breathtaking speed of the Taliban’s takeover. Then, former Joint Chiefs Chairman, Adm. Mike Mullen (Ret.), talks about what happened to the Afghan Army. Also, what will be the fate of women in Afghanistan? Mahbouba Seraj, a women’s rights activist in Kabul, tells Fareed how she will continue to fight for women’s rights in the...


August 8, 2021 |On GPS: Dr. Anthony Fauci on the Delta variant & the others to come plus a panel on the GOP’s odd embrace of Hungary & the fall of the first major city in Afghanistan

Anthony Fauci, chief medical advisor to President Biden and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, tells Fareed what the world can expect during the next phase of the pandemic, including how to combat new variants, how vaccines offer the best path to herd immunity and the future of infectious diseases. Then, Anne-Marie Slaughter and Ian Bremmer on the American right’s infatuation with Hungary’s authoritarian leader, Viktor Orban, just as Tucker Carlson...


August 1, 2021 |On GPS: How the delta variant might complicate the economic recovery; convincing the unvaccinated to get their shots; teetering democracy in Tunisia; and, why one scholar wants a truth and reconciliation committee after the U.S. Capitol at

The threat of the Delta variant looms over the recovery of the economy and the health of the global population, Fareed asks Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman what this stage of the pandemic will look like, and if the economy will shut down again. Then, the key to transitioning back to normal life lies in vaccines, but how can governments and health experts convince more people to get vaccinated? Richard Thaler, Nobel Prize winning economist and co-author of the book ‘Nudge’ explains...


July 25, 2021 |On GPS: An exclusive interview with King Abdullah II of Jordan

Fareed sits down in a special in-person interview with King Abdullah II of Jordan. They discuss solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the King’s visit with President Biden, turmoil within the Jordanian royal family, and much more. Then, Dr. Tom Frieden, former CDC director, and Devi Sridhar, Professor of Public Health at the University of Edinburgh, tell Fareed about the worrying rise of Covid-19 cases due to the delta variant, how important it is to vaccinate the world and the...


July 18, 2021 |ON GPS: Gen. David Petraeus tells Fareed why the U.S. might regret withdrawing from Afghanistan; will the anti-government protests change anything in Cuba?; and Gary Ginsburg on his new book “First Friends”

As the U.S. finalizes its troop withdrawal from Afghanistan after 20 years of involvement in the country, Fareed talks to former Commander of U.S. Central Command and former CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus about how the U.S. may regret the decision to pull out in a “hasty way.” Then, Ada Ferrer, Professor of History at NYU, explains why it is still too early to know if the anti-government protests in Cuba will bring about change and what President Biden should do about Cuba. Plus, Gary...


July 11, 2021 |On GPS: A special hour as billionaire Richard Branson blasts off to space

Fareed sits down with the renowned astrophysicist and author Neil deGrasse Tyson to discuss the science behind the billionaire race to space and contextualizes this moment in the history of human space exploration. Then, CNN’s space and defense correspondent, Kristin Fisher, whose parents were both astronauts, explains the political dynamics between Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin and describes the history of these types of space flight tests. Plus, Rachel...


July 4, 2021 |On GPS: A Fourth of July Special; Fareed looks at the state of America on its 245th birthday, from politics, democracy, and economics, to race relations and culture.

As the United States celebrates the fourth of July, Fareed brings on an array of experts to examine the state of the country right now. To discuss how history will view this moment in American political life Fareed hosts a panel discussion with two Pulitzer-prize winning historians, Doris Kearns Goodwin and Jon Meacham. Then, after a turbulent year for race relations in America, Annette Gordon-Reed, Pulitzer-prize winning historian and Harvard professor, tells Fareed about the successes and...


June 27, 2021 |On GPS: As China celebrates a century of communism, Fareed talks to an expert panel about what’s next for China. Plus, Malcolm Gladwell is back with a revisionist history perspective on everything from autonomous cars to the Little Mermaid.

On Thursday, the Chinese Communist Party will celebrate its 100-year anniversary and Beijing is commemorating with festivities all over the country. Fareed hosts Elizabeth Economy, senior fellow for China studies at the Council for Foreign Relations, Rana Mitter, professor of modern China at Oxford, and Jiayang Fan, a staff writer for The New Yorker, to discuss how the Chinese Communist Party survived a tumultuous century and what the future looks like for China as its economic power grows...


June 20, 2021 |On GPS: What did the first Biden-Putin summit look like to Russians?; What should we know about Iran’s new president: Ebrahim Raisi?; And an exclusive interview with a Taliban spokesman about Afghanistan after the U.S. leaves.

President Biden and President Putin met for the first time this week in Geneva and Fareed asks Andrey Kortunov, director general of the Russian International Affairs Council, about the state of U.S.-Russian relations and how cyberattacks are impacting the relationship. A low turnout election in Iran has secured a presidential win for hardliner Ebrahim Raisi. Robin Wright, contributing writer at The New Yorker, and Vali Nasr, Professor at Johns Hopkins University, explain who Raisi is and...


June 13, 2021 |On GPS: A panel discussion on President Biden’s first trip abroad; the beginning of a new political era in Israel; how humans gained an extra life in just a century; plus, a sustainable solution to the U.S.-Mexico border crisis.

Biden brought America “back to the table” of the world stage this week on his first trip abroad as President. Fareed talks to The Economist’s editor-in-chief, Zanny Minton Beddoes, and Ben Rhodes, former U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor, about Biden’s plan to rally the world’s leading democracies. A new day dawns on Israel as Benjamin Netanyahu is ousted as Prime Minister; what does the future of Israeli politics and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict look like? Martin Indyk, former U.S....


June 6, 2021 |On GPS: Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on tackling Covid-19 and how to deal with China and Russia. Then a panel discussing what's next for Israel in the post-Netanyahu era. Plus, Ezra Klein on why we need a "moonshot for meatless

Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown talks to Fareed about why international cooperation is key to ending the pandemic and how Western democracies should handle their relationships with China and Russia. Then, Anshel Pfeffer, the Israel correspondent for The Economist, and Israeli journalist Lucy Aharish explain what can happen if the new Israeli "change" coalition ousts longtime Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and how Arab-Israeli's are affecting Israeli politics like never before....


May 30, 2021 | On GPS: Is the Benjamin Netanyahu era in Israel coming to a close? Fareed talks to Tom Friedman; then a panel discussion on Belarus's "state sponsored hijacking" and Michael Lewis on the U.S.’s COVID-19 stumbles.

As Israeli politicians are in tasks to form a coalition that may oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Fareed talk to the New York Times’ Tom Friedman about what that would mean – for Israel, for Palestinians, and for the 2-state solution. Then he speaks to The Atlantic's Anne Applebaum and Belarusian reporter Hanna Liubakova about Belarus's "state sponsored hijacking" & subsequent arrest of dissident journalist Roman Protasevich. Then Michael Lewis dives into his new book "The...