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?

http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/tv/2016/01/30/exp-gps-sot-trudeau-isis.cnn.html

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

http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/tv/2016/01/30/exp-gps-trudeau-sot-oil.cnn.html

FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

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.

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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: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1512/13/fzgps.01.html

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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.

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HIGHLIGHT

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….

TRANSCRIPT

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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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November 17th, 2015
12:24 PM ET

Former jihadi: apologies of far left, sensationalism of far right blind us to ending "global Jihadist insurgency" #FZGPS

Sunday's CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS featured an interview with former jihadi and counter-extremism expert Maajid Nawaz, co-founder of Quilliam Foundation, a counter-extremism group. Nawaz discusses how partisan politics in the U.S. and Europe are blinding the world from effectively fighting what he describes as a "global Jihadist insurgency."  Nawaz also discusses why religious extremism is attractive to young people born and raised in the West, and his own journey from extremist to a founder of an organization working to stop radicalization and promote tolerance and democracy.  Below, is a full transcript of the interview – Nawaz also appears in Fareed Zakaria's special one-hour investigation into the origins and aims of the terror group known as "ISIS" or "Daesh," that airs tonight,Tuesday, Nov. 17.  Blindsided: How ISIS Shook the World airs at 9:00pm Eastern on CNN/U.S.

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November 15th, 2015
03:15 PM ET

Secretary of State John Kerry on the Obama Administration’s approach to ISIL #FZGPS

Today's CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS featured Secretary of State John Kerry discussing the next steps for the U.S. response to the crisis in Syria and Iraq. This interview took place in the Benjamin Franklin room at the U.S. State Department on Wednesday, Nov. 11.

INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State: I mean there is a concerted strategy here, Fareed.  You know, I keep hearing people say well, what's the strategy, what's the strategy? The strategy is clear. President Obama, at the very beginning, said we're going to degrade and defeat ISIL.  We're going to stabilize the countries in the region - Jordan, Lebanon, work with Turkey - and we are going to seek a political settlement.

That is exactly the strategy today and it is working, to a degree, not as fast as we would like, perhaps, but we are making gains.  We have liberated major communities. About 75 percent of the border between northern Syria and Turkey has been secured.  You have another piece where we are engaging in an operation with the Turks to secure the final piece west of the Euphrates River.

There is pressure being put on Raqqa. There are major disruptions to the leadership and command and control of ISIL. Their territory has been shrunk by some 17,000 square kilometers.

There's a difference in the way they have to operate as a result of our operations.  And I believe that when you combine what is happening in Iraq with what is happening in Syria, there's an enormous amount of pressure that is continually being ramped up with respect to ISIL.

Now, ultimately, we want more forces on the ground to be able to - not ours - they're going to have to be people on the ground...

ZAKARIA:  But isn't that the key, which is in Syria, you can defeat ISIL or Daesh, but then somebody has to govern that real estate?

KERRY: Correct.

ZAKARIA: And what has tended to happen is, you know, there - we don't have local partners other than the Kurds.  You leave - or the victorious forces leave, and ISIL will come back or Assad comes back. There aren't - those moderate Syrians, just by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs' own admission - there just aren't many of them.

KERRY:  We understand that. But on the other hand, if - if you can move rapidly towards a political settlement, rapidly, over the next six months, towards an election, etc.; if you could have a ceasefire, if - these are all ifs; I understand that. But you have to have several strategies. And we do.

One is the military pressure against ISIL, the military pressure that has taken place from the moderate opposition against Assad, and the political track, where we're trying to get the parties united.  And in - two weeks ago in Vienna, we had a major step forward where everybody, including Iran and Russia, signed on to a unified secular Syria, to maintaining the structures of the government, to all opposing ISIL, and to protecting minorities, coming up with a - with a process that leads to an election.  And now we're working at doing that.

Iran and Russia and all of the rest of our partners - Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar, etc.  - are committed to driving this political process that will have a transitional council that will begin to take over management of certain activities in Syria yet to be defined and determined in the negotiation, and that will lead to a sort of transitional process.

And ultimately, that is where we hope the issue of Assad and his future will be resolved.

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November 13th, 2015
03:36 PM ET

#FZGPS Preview: Secretary of State John Kerry on U.S. strategy against ISIS

On Sunday, Nov. 15, CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS will feature an exclusive interview with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on the next steps for the U.S. response to the crisis in Syria and Iraq, whether there is still hope for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, if Iran’s actions towards the West have improved since the P5+1 nuclear deal, and what to expect from next week’s global conference on climate change.

Below is an excerpt from this exclusive interview which took place in the Benjamin Franklin Room at the U.S. State Department on Thursday.

This interview will air in its entirety on November 15, 2015 at 10am &1pm ET on CNN/U.S.

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THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State: I mean there is a concerted strategy here, Fareed.  You know, I keep hearing people say well, what's the strategy, what's the strategy? The strategy is clear. 

President Obama, at the very beginning, said we're going to degrade and defeat ISIL.  We're going to stabilize the countries in the region - Jordan, Lebanon, work with Turkey - and we are going to seek a political settlement.

That is exactly the strategy today and it is working, to a degree, not as fast as we would like, perhaps, but we are making gains.  We have liberated major communities. About 75 percent of the border between northern Syria and Turkey has been secured.  You have another piece where we are engaging in an operation with the Turks to secure the final piece west of the Euphrates River. 

There is pressure being put on Raqqa.  There are major disruptions to the, uh, leadership, the command and control of ISIL.  Their territory has been shrunk by some 17,000 square kilometers.

There is a difference in the way they have to operate as a result of our operations.  And I believe that when you combine what is happening in Iraq with what is happening in Syria, uh, there's an enormous amount of pressure that is continually being ramped up with respect to ISIL. 

Now, ultimately, we want more forces on the ground to be able to - not ours.  They're going to have to be people on the ground.

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November 3rd, 2015
12:41 PM ET

Dr. Richard Dawkins on Dr. Ben Carson: "he clearly doesn't understand the fundamental theorem of his own subject"

Sunday’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS on CNN/U.S. features an interview with renowned evolutionary biologist, Richard Dawkins, DPhil.  He discussed the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign and the beliefs of the candidates and the influence of those beliefs upon their policy positions.

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Dr. Dawkins explains why he says “the most powerful evidence [for evolution] is probably not fossils: http://cnn.it/1XMDE1P

Dr. Dawkins on why the GOP fills him “with despair”:  http://cnn.it/1LOpRm2

FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

FAREED ZAKARIA, HOST: In 1859, Charles Darwin published his seminal book, On the Origin of Species.  In it, he laid out his theory of evolution – eventually applying it to all animals from finches to human beings. The opposing theory, of course, is creationism – which states that God created men and women in his own image, as the Bible states.

According to the Pew Research Center, 98 percent of the professional scientists who are members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science believe that humans and other living things have evolved over time. But when the American public was polled, just 65 percent said they believed that. And of the GOP candidates? Well, as you'll find out in a moment, almost none of them seem to believe it.

I wanted to learn about evolution from one of the greatest scientific thinkers out there. Richard Dawkins is a British evolutionary biologist. He's a long-time Oxford professor who has written prolifically - on science and atheism, which he espouses. He has a new memoir out called, Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science (2015).   Listen in.  (more after the jump)

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November 2nd, 2015
09:08 AM ET

#FZGPS: Ann Selzer & Nate Cohn deconstruct the meaning of national polls to the 2017 Iowa caucuses

Sunday’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS on CNN/U.S. featured an interview with polling experts, Ann Selzer, Selzer & Company, and Nate Cohn, The New York Times.  They discussed the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign polls and what they mean at this stage of the campaign.

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October 26th, 2015
05:06 PM ET

#LongRoadtoHell America in Iraq hosted by @Fareed Zakaria debuts TONIGHT at 9p on CNN & CNN International

Tonight at 9:00pm, CNN's Fareed Zakaria looks for answers to who is responsible for the chaos in Iraq.  The special hour, Long Road to Hell: America in Iraq debuts tonight at 9:00pm on CNN and CNN International.

Providing new insights and commentary are: former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair, former Presidential Envoy to Iraq Paul Bremer, president of the Council on Foreign Relations Richard Haass, Gen. David Petraeus (ret.), former Undersecretary for Defense Douglas Feith, former Counterterrorism Czar Richard Clarke, and former U.S. diplomat Peter Galbraith.

Viewers can interact with the producers via Twitter during the broadcast by using #LongRoadtoHell.

The one-hour special encores at 12:00am on CNN International.  Global airtimes:

+ Monday October 26 at 9:00pm ET CNN International in North America / 1:00am in UK (Tuesday, October 27) / 2:00am in Europe (Tuesday, October 27)

+ Friday, October 30 at 2:00pmET CNN International in North America / 6:00pm in UK / 7:00pm in Europe

+ Sunday November 1 at 1:00am ET CNN International in North America / 6:00am in UK / 7:00am in Europe

All times Eastern.

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October 26th, 2015
11:09 AM ET

Long Road to Hell – Facebook Live Chat with CNN's Fareed Zakaria at noon #FZGPS

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Long Road to Hell: America in Iraq, hosted by Fareed Zakaria, debuts tonight on CNN/U.S. and CNN International at 9:00pm.  Prior to the special, at noon today, Zakaria will be answering questions about this topic via CNN’s Facebook page.  All times Eastern.

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