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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.

322 Episodes
Today on the show, CNN’s chief international correspondent Clarissa Ward joins from Tel Aviv to break down the calculations taking place within Netanyahu’s government about how and if to respond.  Then, Fareed speaks with The New York Times’ David Sanger and Vali Nasr, former senior adviser at the US Department of State, about the potential for further escalation following Iran’s attack. They also talk about what this most recent development means for the Biden administration’s influence on Israel’s policy in Gaza.  Then, US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen tells Fareed about her recent trip to China, where she emphasized that while the US is not seeking to decouple from Beijing, they are also pressuring China to roll back what she calls “unfair” trade policy.  Finally, US Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel joins to discuss Prime Minister Kishida’s state visit to Washington, and Japan’s increasingly crucial position in the region.  GUESTS: Clarissa Ward (@clarissaward), David Sanger (@SangerNYT), Vali Nasr (@vali_nasr), Janet Yellen (@SecYellen), Rahm Emanuel (@RahmEmanuel) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
This week on the show, Fareed speaks with former Israeli prime minister Naftali Bennett about the war in Gaza, and whether Israel’s current strategy can eradicate Hamas. They also discuss Prime Minister Netanyahu’s political position, and whether Bennett might run to be Israel’s next prime minister.  Then, Finland’s new president Alexander Stubb joins the show to discuss his recent trip to Kyiv, the potential impact of a second Trump term on NATO, and why peace negotiations in Ukraine are still a long way off.  Finally, Assistant Editor of The Spectator, Cindy Yu, talks to Fareed about the social media backlash against China’s richest man.   GUESTS: Naftali Bennett (@naftalibennett), Alexander Stubb (@alexstubb), Cindy Yu (@CindyXiaodanYu)  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
This week on the show, Fareed speaks with former State Department director of policy planning Richard Haass about the widening rift between the U.S. and Israel over the war in Gaza and settlements in the West Bank.   Then, The Atlantic’s Graeme Wood joins to sift through the many theories about who was behind the recent terror attack in Moscow. Next, former Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer talks to Fareed about his new book, “Reading the Constitution: Why I Chose Pragmatism not Textualism,” and his views on the current court’s conservative majority and its approach to lawmaking.  Finally, Bloomberg News’ Saleha Mohsin discusses the role of sanctions in U.S. foreign policy, and the supremacy of the dollar in the global economy.  GUESTS: Richard Haass (@RichardHaass), Graeme Wood (@gcaw), Stephen Breyer, Saleha Mohsin (@SalehaMohsin) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
In this special episode, Fareed shares an extended excerpt from his new book, "Age of Revolutions: Progress and Backlash from 1600 to the Present." The book is available now in print, ebook and audiobook. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
This week on the show, Fareed interviews Daniel Byman, director of Georgetown University’s Center for Security Studies, to discuss the horrific terrorist attack near Moscow on Friday. What is the state of Islamic extremism today, and is Putin laying the groundwork to blame Ukraine?    Then, the rift between the U.S. and Israel is widening while Prime Minister Netanyahu stands firm on a planned ground invasion in Rafah. Fareed hosts a panel with New York Times columnist Bret Stephens and Daniel Kurtzer, a former U.S. Ambassador to both Israel and Egypt, to talk about the schism, and what might come next for Gaza.    After that, the new politics of identity. Fareed shares one of the arguments he makes in his new book, “Age of Revolutions: Progress and Backlash from 1600 to the Present”: that social and cultural issues, not economic interests, are driving political opinions today. This could explain why Biden’s approval numbers are low despite a booming economy.    Fareed is then joined by Walter Isaacson, renowned journalist and biographer, who asks Fareed about his new book.    Finally: What is the secret to happiness? Fareed examines what is making us happy, and what we can learn from countries like Finland, which has yet again topped the list of the world’s happiest countries.    GUESTS: Daniel Byman (@dbyman), Bret Stephens, Daniel Kurtzer (@DanKurtzer), Walter Isaacson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
This week on the show, Fareed speaks with Shibley Telhami, Anwar Sadat professor for peace and development at the University of Maryland, about Netanyahu’s plans for Rafah, and Chuck Schumer’s calls for elections in Israel. Is the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict a mirage? Then, the U.S. House of representatives passed a bill this week that could lead to a bank on TikTok. Fareed hosts a spirited debate with Kori Schake, director of foreign and defense policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, and former general counsel at the National Security Agency Glenn Gerstell. They discuss the security risks that the Chinese-owned app poses for its 170 million American users, and whether the ban could have first amendment implications. Next, Paul Scharre of the Center for a New American Security provides a chilling update on the future of fully autonomous weapons. Will machines soon make decisions on the battlefield without humans?  Finally, Amy Wilentz, contributing editor at The Nation, joins the show to shed light on the chaos that is unfolding in Haiti, as gangs run rampant in the capital.    GUESTS: Shibley Telhami (@ShibleyTelhami), Kori Schake (@KoriSchake), Glenn Gerstell , Paul Scharre (@paul_scharre), Amy Wilentz (@amywilentz) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
This week on the show, Fareed hosts an all-star panel with The New Yorker's Susan Glasser and Ian Bremmer of The Eurasia Group. They discuss President Biden's reelection challenges, his administration's response to the war in Gaza, and the obstacles to securing more US funding for Ukraine. Then, CNN Anchor and Chief National Security Analyst Jim Sciutto joins the show to talk about US concerns surrounding Russia's potential use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine. Plus, Fareed and Harvard Law Professor Noah Feldman speak about Feldman's new book, "To Be a Jew Today: A New Guide to God, Israel, and the Jewish People."  GUESTS: Susan Glasser (@sbg1), Ian Bremmer (@ianbremmer), Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto), Noah Feldman (@NoahRFeldman) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
This week on the show, Ehud Olmert, former prime minister of Israel, speaks to Fareed about why he thinks current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing coalition has led Israel in a terrible direction—and that Palestinians must have the right to self-determination. They also discuss the prospect of President Joe Biden addressing Israel's people directly at its parliament, the Knesset. Then, legendary singer, songwriter and piano man Billy Joel and his collaborator, Producer/Director Freddy Wexler, join the show to talk about the inspiration behind Joel's new song, "Turn the Lights Back On." They also discuss the music video that accompanies the ballad and its amazing use of AI. Plus, Fareed explains how Greece, once the "sick man" of Europe, got cured. GUESTS: Ehud Olmert, Billy Joel (@billyjoel), Freddy Wexler Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
This week on the show, as the war in Ukraine marks two years since Russia's invasion, Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski joins Fareed to discuss Donald Trump’s comments about letting Russia “do whatever the hell they want” with NATO countries that don’t “pay [their] own bills” and what Ukraine’s war effort would look like without US support. Then, El Salvador was the most dangerous country in the world, now it’s safer than the US. American Quarterly Editor-in-Chief Brian Winter fills Fareed in on the person in charge of that transformation, Nayib Bukele, and how it came at great cost to human rights and rule of law. Next, Dara Horn, author of "People Love Dead Jews", discusses with Fareed how the war in Gaza has led to a rise in antisemitism and "Why the Most Educated People in America Fall for Antisemitic Lies" (as her recent article for The Atlantic was titled). Finally, Fareed looks at what appear to be stunning results of Indonesia’s recent Presidential election. GUEST: Radoslaw Sikorski @sikorskiradek, Brian Winter @BrazilBrian, Dara Horn @DaraHorn,  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
This week on the show, David Remnick, editor of the New Yorker, joins the show to discuss the tragic death of Putin’s opposition leader Alexey Navalny inside a Russian prison, Navalny’s legacy, and what this means for Putin’s Russia.   Then, former Prime Minister to Sweden, Carl Bildt, speaks with Fareed about Trump’s incendiary remarks about NATO and Europe’s response.   Next, Richard Haass, Council on Foreign Relations president emeritus, discusses prospects for peace between Israel and Hamas.   Then, Fareed explains why this is Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni's moment.   Plus, winning an election from jail. Allies of Pakistan’s jailed former Prime Minister Imran Khan won big in Pakistan elections this week. Fareed speaks to Aleema Khan, sister of Imran Khan, about how this was possible and what it means for Pakistan. Finally, Fareed gives his take on Tucker Carlson’s misguided affinity for Moscow. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
This week, Fareed speaks with Yaroslav Trofimov, the Wall Street Journal's chief foreign affairs correspondent, to discuss a major shake-up in Ukraine's military leadership amidst a new approach to the war. Will it change the state of battle? Next, Aluf Benn, Haaretz editor-in-chief, joins the show to discuss the sentiment on the ground in Israel, the strengths and weaknesses of President Netanyahu's coalition, and why he thinks the war is "Israel's self-destruction". Then, Randa Slim, the director of Conflict Resolutions Program at the Middle East Institute, talks to Fareed about the outcry in Iraq over the U.S. strike on a senior leader of a pro-Iranian militia in Baghdad. Might it spark an expulsion of U.S. forces from Iraq? Next, Fareed ask New York Times chief political analyst Nate Cohn why an improving economy doesn’t seem to be helping President Biden's poll numbers. Finally, Jared Cohen, author of "Life after Power", sits down with Fareed to discuss how former presidents find purpose after leaving the Oval Office. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
This week on the show Fareed speaks to Vali Nasr, professor of Middle East Studies and International Affairs at Johns Hopkins University and Mina Al-Oraibi, editor-in-chief of The National, to discuss whether the U.S retaliatory attacks on pro-Iranian militia targets in Iraq and Syria are the start of America's entry into a broader war. Then, as Republicans continue to hold up aid to Ukraine, Fareed asks David Frum, staff writer at The Atlantic, why he considers this the GOP's great betrayal. Next, Financial Times chief economics commentator Martin Wolf tells Fareed why he believes China’s economic miracle has ended and what the future holds. Finally, Fareed sits down with Shannon O'Neil, senior fellow for Latin America studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, to discuss Javier Milei's ascension to Argentina's presidency and his wild ideas to repair his country's economy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
This week, Fareed is joined by the New Yorker’s Robin Wright and retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling about the state of the wars in both Gaza and Ukraine. Will the Middle East escalate into a broader war? And how much capability does Kyiv have left, as Western support seems to be waning. Next, Fareed talks to OpenAI CEO Sam Altman about the promise & peril of artificial intelligence, plus Altman tells Fareed what lessons he learned from the boardroom chaos at OpenAI that saw him briefly lose the top job. Finally, Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates sits down with Fareed to discuss how A.I.-powered innovations can save millions of lives. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
This week Fareed hosts the show from Davos, Switzerland, the site of the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting. Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan al Saud joins Fareed to discuss the Houthi attacks in the Red Sea, how to de-escalate the conflict in the Middle East and what it would take for Saudi Arabia to normalize relations with Israel. Next, Fareed interviews Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian on stage at Davos to ask whether Iran is trying to expand the Middle East conflict beyond Israel and Gaza. Fareed talks to the Ukrainian foreign minister about what his country’s most urgent needs are. Then, Fareed hears from two Ukrainian soldiers on why this war is so critical - for Ukraine and the world. Finally, Fareed speaks to Jane Goodall, the renowned primatologist and conservationist, about the lessons she learned from living with chimpanzees and her on-going fight to protect the natural world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
This week on the show, Fareed speaks with London School of Economics professor of international relations Fawaz Gerges on fears of a widening war in the Middle East after U.S. & Britain strike the Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen and as the strife heats up between Israel and Hezbollah (who are also Iran-backed). Next, Bonny Lin of the Center for Strategic & International Studies talks to Fareed about this weekend’s Taiwanese national election and China’s response to it. Then, how to escape from North Korea. Fareed sits down to discuss "Beyond Utopia", a film about one family's treacherous journey out of North Korea, with the director Madeleine Gavin and producer Sue Mi Terry. Finally, Ukraine’s Minister for Digital Transformation Mikhail Fedorov explains to Fareed how his government is making it so Ukrainians can pay their taxes, report war damage, cross national borders and much more - all on an app on their phone. GUESTS:Fawaz Gerges@FawazGerges; Bonny Lin; Sue Mi Terry @SueMiTerry; Madeleine Gavin; Mykhailo Fedorov. Air date: 01/14/24 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
This week, Fareed looks ahead at the new year and the biggest global challenges it will bring. First, Fareed and the panel discuss what the year will bring for the two major wars (in Ukraine and in the Middle East) and some of the world’s many major elections (including in the U.S. and Taiwan). Next, Financial Times contributing editor Ruchir Sharma joins Fareed on set in Mumbai to discuss the outlook for the U.S. and global economies. Then, Fareed speaks with Inflection A.I. CEO Mustafa Suleyman to discuss the future of human interaction with artificial intelligence. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
A Fareed Zakaria GPS Special: Immigration Breakdown, as broadcast December 31, 2023 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Why has the Israeli–Palestinian conflict been so intractable for so long? Fareed talks with Palestinian scholar Ahmad Khalidi, Israeli historian Benny Morris, former US diplomat Edward Djerejian and more about the attempts, missed chances, and future prospects of establishing a lasting peace in the region.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
This week, Fareed and the panel discuss the biggest global challenges facing America: the Middle East, China, and the war in Ukraine. Next, Fareed has an exclusive interview with international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad on their landmark class action lawsuit against a French company for supporting ISIS. Finally, author and New York Times columnist David Brooks joins the show to discuss the lessons in his book "How to Know a Person: The Art of Seeing Others Deeply and Being Deeply Seen". Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
This week, Fareed sits down with French philosopher and documentarian Bernard-Henri Lévy to discuss the morale and momentum on the frontlines of Ukraine. Next, Fareed speaks to Haaretz diplomatic correspondent Amir Tibon about Israel’s war strategy. Then, Fareed talks with The American Enterprise Institute’s Kori Schake and The Atlantic’s Anne Applebaum on waning bipartisan support for Ukraine. Finally, Fareed asks former Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust about antisemitism on University campuses. She discusses her new book “Necessary Trouble: Growing Up at Mid-century” and the lessons she learned from growing up in the segregated south. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Comments (25)

Timothy Munene

'Banana republics' don't have the luxury of default.

Feb 6th

Ikechukwu Frederick Opara

it was an awesome interview with their Ukraine 🇺🇦 President, keep up the good work

Jan 22nd

Dale Garwood


May 31st

Hosein Ghalandari

Thanks for all wise words in this podcast Fareed

Dec 22nd

C muir

what a corrupt woman 👠

Oct 15th

Len Otley

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Jul 5th

Babak Shirinsokhan

the audio stopped before it ends!

Jun 30th

Tony Tommasi

fantastic show!

Apr 8th

Jeff B

Jeesh, could you do some fact checking? it's worthless to listen to this podcast if people are just going to spout their propaganda without any push back or fact checking.

Aug 31st

Stephen Iwanski


Aug 24th

Ricardo Mota

I hate how this guy cuts people off so abruptly. he should tell them they have one minute for final arguments. the first interview was cut off just when he was about to say something that seemed important.

Apr 20th

Francis Ogbogu

I have always loved this show...

Sep 2nd

Nathaniel Davislll


Dec 7th

Nathaniel Davislll


Dec 7th

Jesse Norman

love to watch the show

Jul 3rd

Bradley Williams

so sad what the world is doing. for example look at trump and America, that should give you a clue what the rest of the world is heading to. pathetic and sad.

Mar 13th

Bradley Williams

I love your show, keep up the good work

Mar 13th

Bradley Williams

I love your show

Mar 13th

Crispus Nyaga

Fareed used to be a good person... now, his show is full of crap... poorly rated

Nov 27th
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Kevin Vecchione

I would have no problem whatsoever with repealing the second amendment and confiscating all handguns, assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons nationwide. I say this as someone who enjoys firing guns and have a deep appreciation of hunting.

Oct 9th
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