June 10th, 2016
04:22 PM ET


India is the fastest growing economy in the world. In the past two years, the country even managed to benefit from the global crude oil price crash. The largest democracy on earth has a young and vibrant population and is poised for a technological boom. As it opens up to a globalised world, India still has a depth of history and intensity of culture that awes and fascinates tourists from all parts of the world.

During the half-hour special, CNN’s Indian-born Fareed Zakaria speaks with some of India’s key figures including:

  • India's Minister of Finance Arun Jaitley, on what's ahead for India in the global economy;
  • Mukesh Ambani, India’s richest man and Chairman of Reliance Industries Limited, the country’s second most profitable company;
  • Bollywood’s #1 superstar Shah Rukh Khan; and,
  • Kunal Bahl, founder and CEO of SnapDeal, India’s leading e-commerce platform

Coming from different professional branches, the portrayed personalities try to find out if now is India’s big chance.  Viewers can join the conversation about the show's topics during the broadcast via Twitter by using the hashtag, #FZGPS.

Airtimes (New Delhi/Mumbai)                   Airtimes (North America)

Saturday June 11 at 1900 IST                               Saturday June 11 at 0930 EDT

Sunday June 12 at 1100 IST                                 Sunday June 12 at 0130 EDT

Monday June 13  at 0000 IST                              Sunday June 12 at 1430 EDT

Tuesday June 14 at 2200 IST                               Tuesday June 14 at 1230 EDT

Wednesday June 15 at 1400 IST                          Wednesday June 15 at 0430 EDT


April 7th, 2016
12:15 PM ET

‘#WhyTheyHateUs’ – Fareed Zakaria Explores What Drives the Rage - PREMIERES MONDAY, MAY 23

New Fareed Zakaria Primetime Special Premieres on CNN/U.S. and CNN International at 9:00pm ET


“Why do they hate us?” has been the question asked since the 9/11 attacks 15 years ago – and again in the wake of terrorist attacks in Boston, Brussels, Beirut, Paris, Mumbai, Ft Hood, San Bernardino, and beyond.  CNN’s Fareed Zakaria explores what is fueling the rage – and challenges intelligence experts, religious scholars, policy influencers, and even the very men who want to kill us – for answers to whether America and the rest of the West can do anything to stop the bloodshed.  He looks at one Muslim community in the U.S. for what makes America’s challenges different from Europe’s and those in the Middle East.

A new hour-long primetime special, WHY THEY HATE US, will premiere Monday, May 23 on CNN/U.S. and CNN International at 9:00pm Eastern.

What makes seemingly ordinary people turn against their own countrymen to commit murderous attacks?  Zakaria challenges violent jihadis about the reasons why they hate the West – and gets rarely heard answers.

Why do others committing this carnage come from nations once thought to be allies of the West?  Zakaria details the unlikely origins of this searing anti-Western hatred to Greeley, Colorado in 1949.  Sayyid Qutb, a puritanical, conservative Muslim was so horrified by his experience in America he returned to Egypt to advocate a return to Sharia law by Arab nations, the rejection of modernization and democracy – and violent retaliation against America and the West for ‘corrupting’ the Arab World.

Is Islam an inherently violent religion?  Zakaria seeks answers for what attracts extremists to the medieval, barbaric terror of a violent interpretation of Islam from author and scholar Reza Aslan (No God But God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam and Beyond Fundamentalism: Confronting Religious Extremism in the Age of Globalization); neuroscientist and chief executive of Project Reason, Sam Harris; anti-Western British cleric Anjem Choudary; Columbia University professor and Co-Director for the Center for Palestine Studies, Rashid Khalidi, DPhil.; and author and Muslim reformer Irshad Manji (Trouble with Islam Today: A Muslim’s Call for Reform in Her Faith and Allah, Liberty, and Love).  Astonishingly, Manji describes the scholarship behind the true meaning of a widely popularized mistranslation of the afterlife promise of “72 virgins” to actually be a reference to…“raisins.”

Though dead for decades, Qutb’s violent admonitions inspired Osama bin Laden, today’s radical clerics from Saudi Arabia to Pakistan, and even an influential American cleric whose seductive sermonic fragments were found scrawled inside the boat where one of the Boston Marathon bombers was found, as well as in messages exchanged by the San Bernardino jihadis.  Zakaria concludes with proposed solutions to defeat this infectious ideology currently posing a global security threat – and even shaping the most controversial points of debates for the U.S. elections, and influencing European and American policy on refugees, immigration, privacy, and the rules for armed conflict.

During the broadcast, producers of WHY THEY HATE US will interact with viewers via Twitter, using the hashtag #WHYTHEYHATEUS with user questions and comments about the special.

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February 15th, 2016
08:08 AM ET

Chertoff on fighting extremism: "We have to focus on behavior, not on ethnic or religious background..."

Former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff and CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen joined Fareed Zakaria GPS Sunday to discuss elevated national security threat levels and forces driving terrorism inside the United States.  Both experts also commented on recent comments on Muslims and immigration on the campaign trail and Congressional commentary from America's national security leadership this week about imminent threats of terror attacks on the homeland.

The full transcript of this joint interview follows the jump.

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February 11th, 2016
12:10 AM ET


CNN International has unveiled session details for the CNN Asia Business Forum 2016, to be held in Mumbai, India on February 14, 2016.

More than 300 political and business leaders from across the region will gather for the one-day invitation-only forum. They will engage in the following keynote speeches, panel discussions and one-on-one interviews:

Session 1: State of the World

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria presents a snapshot of global geopolitics. As global demand cools, Zakaria asks what Asia’s big opportunities are.

Session 2: Growing India

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria goes one-on-one with India’s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to discuss India’s path forward and the obstacles it needs to overcome.

Session 3: Secrets of Leadership

CNN’s Richard Quest sits down with CISCO Executive Chairman John Chambers to discuss the secrets of leadership during the good times and through transition and uncertainty.

Session 4: Made in Asia

CNN’s Richard Quest leads a panel of manufacturing pioneers from the world’s biggest companies who are creating jobs and building factories around the globe.

Panelists include:

Mahindra Group Chairman, Anand Mahindra

Aditya Birla Group Chairman, Kumar Mangalam Birla

Emerson Electric Co. President, Edward Monser

GE South Asia President and CEO, Banmali Agrawala

Session 5: Disrupters

CNN’s Andrew Stevens leads a panel of tech experts to discuss how young, nimble, innovative companies can help India leapfrog its rivals.

Panelists include:

Snapdeal Co-founder and CEO, Kunal Bahl

Vinnova Director General, Charlotte Brogren

Google India and South East Asia Managing Director, Rajan Anandan

DJI Director of Strategic Partnerships, Michael Perry

Session 6: Secrets of Leadership II

CNN’s Richard Quest goes one-on-one with Air Asia CEO, Tony Fernandes to discuss successful leadership and creating an environment where ideas can flourish.

Session 7: Asia 2020

CNN’s Andrew Stevens leads a discussion on the economic, geopolitical, and environmental challenges Asia faces plus the tactics to ensure Asia’s growth is smart growth over the next decade.

Panelists include:

Kerry Logistics Network Chairman, George Yeo

U.S. Ambassador to India, Richard Verma

Senior Vice President and Managing Editor, CNN International, Ellana Lee: “The inaugural CNN Asia Business Forum is now just days away. With the calibre of speakers and thought-provoking sessions we have planned it promises to be an incredible day for the 300 invited delegates.”

Vice President Advertising Sales, CNN International, Asia Pacific, Sunita Rajan: “The response we’ve had from the business community in the lead up to the CNN Asia Business Forum has been truly remarkable. It’s going to be an unforgettable day not only for our invited guests but for our CNN anchors and correspondents who are looking forward to returning to India.”

The CNN Asia Business Forum coincides with the start of the Indian Government’s ‘Make in India Week’ to be inaugurated by the Honorable Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi. It begins at 9am, on Sunday February 14, 2016 and will be held in the ‘Make in India Centre’ at the MMRDA Grounds in Mumbai, India.

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February 9th, 2016
11:30 AM ET

#FZGPS: thriving in a 'brave new world' of health – big data and living to 100

Dr. David Agus, oncologist and biomedical research physician, joined Fareed Zakaria to discuss medical breakthroughs resulting from the implementation of electronic medical records and his new book, The Lucky Years (2016), about how 'big data' is improving medical outcomes for patients.

Dr. Agus explains that while physicians initially resisted digitizing their records, it turns out that the practice has ignited a knowledge revolution that is radically changing recommendations and improving medical outcomes.  And that other examples of 'big data' evaluation of epidemiological experiences among populations is yielding vast knowledge for even non-medical interventions that may improve healthy aging.  Dr. Agus discusses the concept behind the cancer therapy that may have curbed the progression of former President Jimmy Carter's metastatic cancer, how some women on beta blockers may be living longer with ovarian cancer, and how sleeping in a more quiet room may delay neuro-cognitive decline.

The full transcript of the interview may be found after the jump.  MANDATORY CREDIT for reference and usage: “CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS”


February 8th, 2016
03:37 PM ET

#FZGPS - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on “carpet bombing…that’s genocide”

On Sunday, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, humanitarian, 6-time NBA MVP, and New York Times bestselling-author of Mycroft Holmes (2015) appeared on CNN's FAREED ZAKARIA GPS.  Abdul-Jabbar and Fareed Zakaria spoke about Islam and Islamophobia in America and the 2016 election.  The full transcript of the interview may be found after the jump.

MANDATORY CREDIT for reference and usage: “CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS”


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Trump’s comments regarding Muslims: “I thought that what he had to say was outrageous. It certainly contradicts our Constitution, something that the President of the United States is obliged to uphold and defend, and religious discrimination is not part of what America is supposed to be about. And here he is saying that it's OK to discriminate and have Muslims on watch lists, and we're going to shut down some masjids, and a lot of things that are illegal and immoral. And, you know, I had to say something.” FULL POST

Topics: 2016 Election • CNN • CNN International • CNN U.S. • Fareed Zakaria • Fareed Zakaria GPS • ISIS
February 1st, 2016
12:36 PM ET

PM Trudeau on Canada's reaction to ISIS: "I think people are open to not choosing to live in constant fear"

On this weekend's FAREED ZAKARIA GPS, host Fareed Zakaria spoke with Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in the Prime Minister’s first interview with a non-Canadian media organization. The wide-ranging interview covered the Syrian refugee crisis, military action and air strikes against ISIS, and how falling oil prices are impacting Canada’s economy.

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WEB EXTRA: Will TRUDEAU end Canada’s air strikes against ISIS?

WEB EXTRA: TRUDEAU on how the collapse of oil prices will impact Canada’s economy



FAREED ZAKARIA, HOST, CNN GPS: Every year at Davos, there’s a country that stands out, attracting attention and admiration. This year it was not so much a nation, but a person.

Justin Trudeau, the new 44-year-old Prime Minister of Canada, was the star of the World Economic Forum. Hollywood actors and CEOs took selfies with him. Women seemed particularly impressed, perhaps because he has appointed a cabinet that is 50 percent female.

Trudeau is an unabashed liberal, with plans to legalize pot, raise taxes on the wealthy, and take climate change seriously. In doing this, he continues the legacy of his father, Pierre Trudeau, who was perhaps Canada's most famous prime minister.

Davos was his debut on the world stage, and my interview was his first with a non-Canadian broadcaster.


Topics: Afghanistan • CNN • Fareed Zakaria • Fareed Zakaria GPS • Iraq • ISIS • Syria • Transcripts
December 14th, 2015
03:52 PM ET

One refugee's dreams of life in America – with @humansofny storyteller, Brandon Stanton

On Sunday Fareed Zakaria interviewed photographer and blogger, Brandon Stanton, the creator of Humans of New York, a photographic digital diary and book that chronicles life in New York City.  Recently, Stanton has been turning his lens to capturing the life of Iraqi and Syrian refugees hoping to come to America.  Zakaria spoke with Stanton and Aya, a Syrian refugee, to learn more about the legal process and excruciating experiences for those fleeing the war zones with dreams of coming to America.

The full transcript for this interview may be found here:


Topics: CNN • CNN Intenational Shows • CNN International • CNN U.S. • Fareed Zakaria • Fareed Zakaria GPS • Iraq • ISIS • Syria • Turkey
November 23rd, 2015
04:33 PM ET

Secretary of State John Kerry on COP21 in Paris

CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS featured an exclusive interview with Secretary of State John Kerry discussing the U.S. participation in the upcoming COP21 Climate Change Conference in Paris. This interview was taped in the Benjamin Franklin Room at the State Department on Thursday, Nov. 12.

MANDATORY CREDIT for reference and usage: “CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS”


Secretary Kerry on advance target setting prior to the upcoming multinational summit on climate change in Paris

Now that's why President Obama reached an agreement with President Xi - a ground-breaking, historic agreement - to join together to announce the intended emissions reductions that both countries would make as part of the Paris negotiations in hopes of inspiring other countries to do the same. Well, guess what? Now over 150 countries have announced their targets for emissions reductions, including India.  Now, they're not enough yet and - for - by anybody - we've all got to move more….



FAREED ZAKARIA, HOST: Let me ask you about climate change, Mr. Secretary. You are embarking on a big push for the Paris summit. You gave a speech this week. In that speech, you were very eloquent in criticizing critics in the United States who are still skeptical about climate change.

But what do you say to those who say, look, that's all well and good, but the real skeptics, in a sense, are countries like India and Indonesia and, to an extent, even China, despite some changes, that still continue to use massive amounts of coal, emit huge amounts of carbon dioxide; and that whatever the United States or Western - or Europe may do, that's the real problem; and in those countries, they want to develop, they're not going to stop themselves from developing; the Paris treaty is not legally binding; so we will just cripple ourselves without doing much for climate change?

JOHN KERRY, U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE: Well, Fareed, that's the challenge. And it doesn't make a lot of sense to develop and kill yourself as you do it. It - you know, we've learned lessons about the downsides of the way in which we have produced energy - electricity and power and transportation and so forth - over centuries now. And we have to move to a low-carbon economy, all of us.

If the United States, all by itself, tomorrow, were to drive, you know, carpool to work and bicycle to work and plant a bunch of trees and lower our emissions to zero, we can't solve the problem alone. India, China, every country in the world has to be part of it.

Now that's why President Obama reached an agreement with President Xi - a ground-breaking, historic agreement - to join together to announce the intended emissions reductions that both countries would make as part of the Paris negotiations in hopes of inspiring other countries to do the same.

Well, guess what? Now over 150 countries have announced their targets for emissions reductions, including India.

Now, they're not enough yet and - for - by anybody - we've all got to move more. But if we come together in Paris - and I believe we can and hopefully will - to have an ambitious set of targets that we will all try to reach - not, you know - that we all agree to voluntarily try to reach - that will be an incredible signal to the marketplace, which already is seeing investment move into clean, alternative renewable different kinds of energy production. The solution to climate change is energy policy.

So it's a question of what choices we need to make in order to preserve our ability on this planet to produce food, to have water, to live where people live today without massive dislocations of human beings, without massive damage from intensified storms and wildfires and droughts, and all of the downsides that we're already beginning to measure.

So this is actually opportunity, not downside. And I think Paris will help define the full breadth of that opportunity. There’s going to be trillions of dollars that will be invested in these new lower-carbon energy sources, and I think it's going - it can - has the chance of transforming everybody's economy for the better.

ZAKARIA: But Mr. Secretary, these countries are announcing these limits - none of it is legally binding, because the treaty is not legally binding.

KERRY: Well, first of all, it's not a treaty, but it - there could be parts of it that are going to be legally binding. The targets themselves may not be. That, you know, is yet to be determined.

I recently made a comment about this, and people said, well the whole thing is not going to be legally binding. That's not accurate. There could be parts of it - the transparency, the accountability, the further down the road - I mean, there are different things.

All of that has yet to be decided. That will be decided in Paris.

ZAKARIA: Mr. Secretary, pleasure to have you on, sir.

KERRY: Thank you.

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Blindsided: How ISIS Shook the World to air TONIGHT, Nov. 17 on CNN/U.S. and CNN International #FZGPS
November 17th, 2015
02:43 PM ET

Blindsided: How ISIS Shook the World to air TONIGHT, Nov. 17 on CNN/U.S. and CNN International #FZGPS

The origins of the terror group known as Islamic State or ‘ISIS,’ and what they want, are explored by CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, in a one-hour special, Blindsided: How ISIS Shook the World, tonight, Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 9:00pm Eastern on CNN/U.S. and CNN International.   

Deputy National Security Advisor for strategic communication Ben Rhodes; a former jihadi who now leads a counter-extremism think tank, Quilliam, Maajid Nawaz; former director of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency, Lt. General Michael Flynn; Middle East expert and London School of Economics professor of international relations Fawaz Gerges; former FBI agent Ali Soufan; and others discuss the ambitions and goals of the terror group.

The chief objective of ISIS, or Daesh, is its unique vision of a caliphate – and luring American and Western troops back to the Middle East to apocalyptic ground in combat.

Also discussed, how ISIS grew to become a transnational terror organization, how it recruits followers, what is being done to try to stop it – and what does and doesn’t seem to be working.


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