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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.

331 Episodes
Today on the show, the UN Security Council approves the Biden-backed ceasefire proposal for the Israel-Hamas war. Sanam Vakil, director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Chatham House, explains why Hamas isn’t accepting the plan.    Next, the Financial Times’ Gillian Tett talks about the controversial move by Western nations this week to offer a $50 billion loan to Ukraine on the back of roughly $300 billion in frozen Russian assets.   Then, Bill Gates broke ground this week on a new nuclear reactor in Wyoming. He joins the show to tell Fareed why he thinks that more investment in nuclear energy is crucial to combatting climate change.    After that, Sal Khan, founder and CEO of Khan Academy, discusses the positive role that AI can play in education.    Finally, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has a controversial new plan to deal with immigration. He wants to send asylum seekers all the way to Rwanda. Fareed lays out the deal that the UK government has signed with the East African nation, and how the plan is playing out in the upcoming election.    GUESTS: Sanam Vakil (@SanamVakil), Gillian Tett (@gilliantett), Bill Gates (@BillGates), Sal Khan (@salkhanacademy)  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Richard Haass, President Emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations, joins to break down the newest ceasefire proposal in the Israel-Hamas war, and what will be necessary for lasting peace in Gaza.  Next, the New Yorker’s Jonathan Blitzer discusses the Biden Administration’s new border policy, its potential political effects, and how the new asylum cap fits into the American immigration system more broadly.  Then, Denise Dresser, professor at the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico, tells Fareed about the recent election results in Mexico and explains why she thinks Claudia Sheinbaum’s victory is actually a win for autocracy.  Finally, Fareed is joined by investor and author Ruchir Sharma to discuss his new book, “What Went Wrong with Capitalism”.  GUESTS: Richard Haass (@RichardHaass), Jonathan Blitzer (@JonathanBlitzer), Denise Dresser (@DeniseDresserG), Ruchir Sharma  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Following the death of Iran’s President Raisi in a helicopter crash, and amidst ongoing tensions in the Middle East, Fareed Zakaria examines Iran's decades-old animosity towards America, tracing it back to the 1979 embassy hostage crisis and U.S. support for Saddam Hussein's invasion of Iran. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
The ICC requests arrest warrants for Benjamin Netanyahu and his defense minister. Fareed speaks to Aryeh Neier, a founder of Human Rights Watch and a Jewish American who fled Nazi Germany in 1939, who has studied the situation closely and come to some tough conclusions. Next, Bill Maher talks to Fareed about the state of democracy, the left and right, and whether men have lost the ability to communicate with women. Lessons in leadership for President Biden from the master storyteller Doris Kearns Goodwin.   Guests: Aryeh Neier, Bill Maher(@billmaher), Doris Kearns Goodwin (@DorisKGoodwin)    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Today on the show, General David Petraeus who commanded US and coalition forces in Iraq joins Fareed to discuss what America’s counterinsurgency strategy there can teach Israel in its war in Gaza. Plus, Russia’s new offensive near Kharkiv and what it means for Ukraine’s defenses.  Next, Raghuram Rajan, former chief of India’s central bank, sits down with Fareed to discuss India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s economic record and what India would need to do to become an economic powerhouse like China.   Finally, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nicholas Kristof shares some harrowing and exciting reporting stories from his new memoir, “Chasing Hope: A Reporter’s Life.” They also discuss covering China from 1989 to today, and the bipartisan view in Washington that China is a great threat.  GUESTS: Gen. David Petraeus (Ret.), Raghuram Rajan (@RaghuramGRajan), Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof)  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Today on the show, former Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni joins to discuss the way that the war in Gaza is being received in Israel, and the prospects for a ceasefire.  Then, former Palestinian Authority foreign minister Nasser al-Kidwa discusses the state of the Israel-Hamas war, and who should govern Gaza after it ends. Next, Susan Shirk, founding chair of the 21st Century China Foundation, joins the show to discuss Xi Jinping’s recent trip to Europe and China’s foreign policy strategy.  Finally, historian and author Robert Kagan comes on the show to discuss his new book, in which he argues that Trump’s brand of anti-liberalism has strong historical roots.  GUESTS: Tzipi Livni (@Tzipi_Livni), Nasser al-Kidwa, Susan Shirk (@SusanShirk1), Robert Kagan    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Description: Today on the show, in the wake of the continuing Gaza war protests on campuses, Fareed is joined by Bernard Avishai and Ezzedine Fishere, who co-teach a class at Dartmouth College on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. They discuss how universities can foster productive debates, and whether there is a path to lasting peace after the war.  Next, Admiral James Stavridis (ret.) tells Fareed about how AI will continue to transform the battlefield in the years to come.  Then, Former Chief of Disguise at the CIA, Jonna Mendez, describes her fascinating career as a spy and what it was like to be a woman at the agency.  GUESTS: Bernard Avishai (@bavishai), Ezzedine Fishere (@FishereEzzedine), James Stavridis (@stavridisj), Jonna Mendez   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Today on the show, as college campuses are embroiled in protests against Israel’s war in Gaza, Fareed hosts a spirited debate with New York Times columnist Bret Stephens and Columbia University professor Bruce Robbins. They discuss the limits of free speech and the US’s role in the war.  Then, former Israeli ambassador to the US Michael Oren joins the show to talk to Fareed about the looming ground operation in Rafah, and what Israel’s war with Hamas will look like in the long term.  Next, Matt Pottinger, former deputy national security adviser under President Trump, tells Fareed why he thinks the Biden administration ought to adopt a more confrontational approach to relations with China.  Finally, Fareed talks to Ieva Jusionyte, author of “Exit Wounds,” about the American guns that are crossing into Mexico and their role in perpetuating the cycle of violence on the southern border.  GUESTS: Bruce Robbins (@BruceRobbins6), Bret Stephens, Michael Oren (@DrMichaelOren), Matt Pottinger, Ieva Jusionyte (@ievaju)        Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Today on the show, Fareed is joined by the head of Ukraine’s Office of the President Andriy Yermak to discuss the US aid bill that passed the House this weekend and its impact, as Ukraine braces for a new Russian offensive.   Then, Jordanian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ayman Safadi talks to Fareed about the tit-for-tat strikes between Israel and Iran, and why he thinks the focus must remain on Israel’s policies in Gaza.  Next, Academy Award-winning actor and producer Michael Douglas joins the show to tell Fareed about playing Benjamin Franklin in his new show “Franklin” on Apple TV+.  Finally, US Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel discusses the Biden Administration’s opposition to Nippon Steel’s bid to buy US Steel. GUESTS: Andriy Yermak (@AndriyYermak), Ayman Safadi (@AymanHsafadi), Michael Douglas, Rahm Emanuel (@RahmEmanuel)    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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
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


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Hosein Ghalandari

Thanks for all wise words in this podcast Fareed

Dec 22nd

C muir

what a corrupt woman 👠

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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


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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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