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Fareed Zakaria - Munk Dialogue

World-renowned journalist and author Fareed Zakaria joins us for an in-depth conversation about the coronavirus pandemic and its long term impact on geopolitics and international relations

Fareed Zakaria

About this episode

The question we are all starting to ask ourselves is what will the world look like post-COVID-19? How will this global pandemic change everything from our politics to our culture to global affairs? World-renowned author, journalist, and CNN host Fareed Zakaria joins us for a wide ranging discussion about how the coronavirus pandemic will affect international affairs and global politics for years to come.



Fareed Zakaria

"We are in the early stages of what is going to become a series of cascading crises, reverberating throughout the world."

Fareed Zakaria

"We are in the early stages of what is going to become a series of cascading crises, reverberating throughout the world."

Fareed Zakaria has been called “the most influential foreign policy advisor of his generation” and was named one of the top 100 global thinkers by Foreign Policy in 2010.

Zakaria is the host of CNN’s flagship international affairs program, Fareed Zakaria GPS, which features interviews and panel discussions with heads of state, intellectuals and business leaders and has been broadcast to more than 300 million homes around the world. He is also a Washington Post columnist, a contributing editor at The Atlantic and a New York Times bestselling author.

Zakaria served as editor-at-large for TIME magazine from 2010 to 2014, prior to which he oversaw all of Newsweek’s foreign editions. His columns have received many awards over the years, including a National Magazine Award in 2010. His 2001 Newsweek cover story, “Why They Hate Us” remains his most well-known and lauded.

As a book author, Zakaria has received plenty of acclaim. The New York Times Book Review called his 2008 book The Post American World, which was a New York Times bestseller, “relentlessly intelligent” and The Economist called it “a powerful guide” to facing global challenges. The Future of Freedom, published in 2003, was also a New York Times bestseller and was translated into 25 languages. His most recent book, In Defense of a Liberal Education, was published in 2015 and praised by the New York Times as “an accessible, necessary defense of an idea under siege.”

Zakaria was born in India, received a bachelor of arts from Yale College and a Ph. D. from Harvard University. He has received honourary degrees from numerous universities, including Johns Hopkins, Brown, the University of Miami and Oberlin College. He lives in New York City with his wife and three children.

Show Notes

Here is Fareed’s list of recommended reading during the pandemic:
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
Plagues and People by William McNeill
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Here are some of Fareed’s recent Washington Post columns on COVID-19:
Welcome to Donald Trump’s re-election strategy
The U.S. and China’s blame game isn’t saving any lives:
Why the coronavirus models aren’t totally accurate
This is just the first in a series of cascading crises