March 22nd, 2015
10:22 AM ET

Exclusive: Afghan Pres. on Fareed Zakaria GPS


The following is a transcript from an exclusive interview between the President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, and CNN’s Fareed Zakaria. President Ghani spoke with Fareed Zakaria during his visit to the United States about the ISAF withdrawal from Afghanistan and the issues within Afghanistan’s borders.

HIGHLIGHTS:

Ghani on Afghanistan’s transitions: “What we need to realize is that 2014 was a year that we faced three transitions simultaneously – a political transition where authority for the first time was transferred from one elected president to another; a security transition where the combat role of the international community, particularly that of the United States, ended; and third, an economic transition. Our enemies were banking on collapse of authority. Because of that, they challenged us. But what I am gratified to share is that during the last six months, the Afghan national security forces have really shown their mettle. Now we are not in a defensive position. We have taken offensive.”

 Ghani on the ISAF withdrawal: “Well the first point is that I'd like to pay tribute to the Americans – I believe 2,215 who paid the ultimate sacrifice; over 20,000 Americans that have been wounded; hundreds of thousands of Americans, men and women, who've seen combat in Afghanistan. They’ve gotten to know our valleys, our desserts, our mountains. They have stood shoulder to shoulder with us. The result is that America has been secure, thank God. There's been no terrorist attack on mainland United States. We have been the front line. Meanwhile, what needs to be underlined is while tragedy brought us together, there are common interests that now can be articulated very clearly. The threats that we are facing on a daily basis, were they, God forbid, to overwhelm us, will threaten the world at large.”

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March 8th, 2015
12:39 PM ET

FAREED ZAKARIA GPS: Beinart, Slaughter, Stephens‎, and Nye on what happens if there is no P+5 deal with Iran

The following are video highlights from this Sunday’s edition of FAREED ZAKARIA GPS. The show included panel discussions on the Iran nuclear deal and the assassination of Boris Nemstov (transcript included below), and an interview with Hans Rosling about how the world is in making more progress than we think.

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March 1st, 2015
02:21 PM ET

Israeli Opposition Leader: "Netanyahu's speech in Congress is a mistake"


CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS features an interview with Isaac Herzog, member of Israel’s Knesset and chairman of the Labour Party.  He spoke about Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s upcoming speech to Congress, nuclear negotiations with Iran, whether a two-state solution with the Palestinians is still  viable, and the U.S. – Israel relationship.

INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS

On whether a two-state solution with the Palestinians is still viable

ZAKARIA: The Israeli NGO Peace Now has released a report that says that there has been a 40 percent rise in settlement activity, construction, in the West Bank, since last year. A lot of people believe, at this point, a two-state solution is really going to be very, very difficult.  Do you believe, if you were prime minister, that there is an actual path to a two-state solution, and what is it? FULL POST


Topics: Fareed Zakaria • Fareed Zakaria GPS • Iran • ISIS • Israel
March 1st, 2015
02:08 PM ET

Jordan's King Abdullah "this is a third World War by other means"

King Abdullah interviewed by CNN’s Fareed Zakaria in Jordan

FAREED ZAKARIA GPS Global Television Exclusive

The following is a transcript from an exclusive interview between King Abdullah of Jordan and CNN’s Fareed Zakaria at al-Husseiniya Palace in Amman, Jordan.  King Abdullah spoke with Fareed Zakaria in his first interview since ISIS released the video documenting the murder of the Royal Jordanian Air Force pilot, lieutenant Moath al-Kasasbeh.

TEXT HIGHLIGHTS & VIDEOS

ON CALLING ISIS ‘ISLAMIC’ FULL POST


Topics: Fareed Zakaria • Fareed Zakaria GPS • Iraq • ISIS • Israel • Syria
February 22nd, 2015
02:47 PM ET

On GPS: A public dispute between U.S. & Israel

CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS features a political panel about ISIS and U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East with Graeme Wood, the author of What ISIS Really Wants, Shadi Hamid, a fellow at the Brookings Institution Center for Middle East Policy, and Peter Beinart, an associate professor of political science at the City University of New York and a CNN political commentator.

TEXT HIGHLIGHTS

Beinart on Obama’s approach to ISIS: “From the point of view of American foreign policy, we, as a nation, have done best when we have defined our enemies narrowly. We did not fight a war - a cold war - against communism, or when we, and when we tried - for most - for our most effective periods of the Cold War, we allied with Yugoslavia, a communist country, against the Soviets. We allied with China against the Soviets. We narrowed our enemies and therefore put more strength on our side. What’s important about what Obama is doing is he's trying to keep our enemies narrow. We are going to need to ally with people who we call - maybe call themselves Islamists in order to defeat ISIS, maybe even people who call themselves Salafi jihadists, whatever that means, just as we allied with communists against the Soviet Union. We didn't fight all fascists in World War II. We never declared war on Franco's Spain. So I think the ideological part, while it's important, shouldn't be what drives American foreign policy.”

Wood on Jerusalem’s reaction to ISIS propaganda: “Certainly ISIS is no fan of Israel. But Israel's main point for ISIS is certainly its propaganda value, but also its place in the apocalypse. ISIS believes that it’s foretold that the armies of Islam will eventually rally around Jerusalem after being defeated, actually. So they believe that they will, after conquering a large area of land, eventually be reduced to a core of 5,000 fighters around Jerusalem. That's one of the most common ways that Jerusalem is referred to in the propaganda of ISIS.”

Hamid on ISIS’s targets of anger: “Where al Qaeda was obsessed with the West, ISIS is focused on Iraq, Syria, the immediate surroundings. They hate Arab rulers more than they hate Israeli leaders. And that does, that should affect how we react to them and how we think about the threat that they face. So in that sense, they're less of a direct threat on the American homeland, but they are very much a threat to Middle East stability.”

Beinart on Obama-Netanyahu rift: “The reason this clash is so fierce is it goes to the heart of the legacies of both men. Benjamin Netanyahu sincerely believes that he is Winston Churchill in the 1930s - the only person wise enough and brave enough to sound the alarm about a potential - about a potential Nazi-like threat. Barack Obama sees himself as much more akin, I would say, to Richard Nixon in the 1970s, trying to make - look at the possibilities of making an opening to Iran, which would be like an opening to China, which would rejigger the entire power balance in the Middle East and allow America to solve problems they can't solve now and put itself in a much stronger position. It's not just that these guys don't like each other. It's not just that Obama is a Democrat and that Netanyahu plays footsie with the Republicans all the time. It really goes to the core of the way they see themselves historically.”

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Topics: Fareed Zakaria GPS • Iran • Iraq • ISIS • Israel
February 15th, 2015
02:15 PM ET

Putin's net-worth is $200 billion says Russia's once largest foreigner investor

CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS features an interview with Bill Browder, the CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, formerly Russia's largest foreign investor, and a once supporter of President Putin. He also describes the dynamics between power and wealth in Russia, claiming that during “the first eight or 10 years of Putin's reign over Russia, it was about stealing as much money as he could. And some people, including myself, believe that he's the richest man in the world, or one of the richest men in the world, with hundreds of billions of dollars of wealth that was stolen from Russia.”

TEXT EXCERPT

On Putin’s networth: “I believe that it's $200 billion. After 14 years in power of Russia, and the amount of money that the country has made, and the amount of money that hasn't been spent on schools and roads and hospitals and so on, all that money is in property, bank - Swiss bank accounts, shares, hedge funds, managed for Putin and his cronies.”

On Putin and his cronies: “These guys killed Sergei Magnitsky, my lawyer, for money. They all got rich, they all got bank accounts and villas and cars. Why should we allow them to come to America, travel to America, keep their accounts here, spend that money?” FULL POST

Moonshots for the 21st Century: A Fareed Zakaria GPS Special now available exclusively via CNNgo
February 11th, 2015
04:12 PM ET

Moonshots for the 21st Century: A Fareed Zakaria GPS Special now available exclusively via CNNgo

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria explores inspiring futuristic endeavors in science and technology for a special edition of Fareed Zakaria GPS, Moonshots for the 21st Century, available now exclusively via CNNgo, the network’s TV Everywhere product that gives viewers control of their CNN experience.

This Fareed Zakaria GPS special takes a fascinating look at how harnessing the energy of nuclear fusion reactions may create a virtually limitless energy source, unlocking innovations in hypersonic flight, and revealing the power of the mind by mapping the brain.  Will astronauts reach Mars by the 2030s? Will it soon be possible to 3D-print human organs for life-saving transplants?  Zakaria guides viewers on a tour of how scientists may turn these technological pipe dreams into reality during an extraordinary hour of discoveries.

Guests include NASA Administrator Charles Bolden; the chief of the Bioficial Heart Division of the Cardiovascular Innovation Institute at the University of Louisville, Dr. Stuart Williams; from the energy development member nation organization ITER, U.S. head Ned Sauthoff and scientists Gunther Janeschitz and Mark Henderson; the chief engineer for the high speed systems division at the Air Force Research Laboratory, Robert Mercier; and theoretical physicist & futurist Dr. Michio Kaku.

Moonshots for the 21st Century: A Fareed Zakaria GPS Special is available to viewers now by logging in with a TV provider username and password on CNN’s iPad app or via www.CNN.com/go.

"ISIS is self-destructing" -Fawaz Gerges
February 8th, 2015
04:12 PM ET

"ISIS is self-destructing" -Fawaz Gerges

CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS features a political panel about ISIS and the recent events in the Middle East with  Marwan Muasher, the former deputy prime minister of Jordan and the vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace,  Fawaz Gerges, professor of Middle East studies at The London School of Economics, and Rula Jebreal, an Israeli-Arab journalist who has worked as an anchorwoman in both Egypt and Italy.

HIGHLIGHTS

Muasher on Jordan's response to ISIS: "Certainly the unity that took place among Jordanian society is unprecedented for some time. If ISIS wanted to galvanize public support against the government, they miserably failed to do so."

Gerges on ISIS: "ISIS savagery should not blind us to the fact that ISIS is self-destructing. ISIS is strangling itself. ISIS is pitting itself against the Muslim mainstream, Muslim public opinion, Arab public opinion. There is really shock and outrage throughout the Arab and Muslim world. I would argue that ISIS is digging its own grave. And the reality is, this is where you want ISIS to be. You want it to be pitted against Arab and Muslim public opinion. This is how ISIS should be defeated, from within by Arab and Muslim public opinion, because even if you defeat ISIS militarily, you have to deconstruct, dismantle the ideology, which is insidious and which has done a great deal of damage, in particular to Arab and Muslim societies.​"

Jebreal on inclusion in the Middle East: " We need to think beyond terror and tyrant and create a vision for society where there is inclusion. I mean a lack of inclusion of moderate Muslims will open the space for them to be exploited by extremists. So when you view Sisi or Mubarak before him and other autocrat as an answer to terrorism, you have to think this same regime who gave you political Islam with Sayyid Qutb in the '60s, Ayman Al-Zawahiri actually is a product of Egypt, repression regimes of Mubarak. But let's remember the guy that built Al Qaeda in Iraq. He's a Jordanian man, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who fought Shiites in Iraq, but also sent people to blow up themselves in Jordan nine years ago. We need to think on how to - you know - to decimate extremism. And extremist is not only ISIS. It's also al Qaeda. It's also Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Nusra Front. So how do you dry up this? We need consensus and inclusion in these states. But also we need this war between Shiites and Sunni to end. We need Iran and Saudi Arabia to come to terms and eventually reach some kind of an agreement that end up these extremists."

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Topics: Fareed Zakaria • Fareed Zakaria GPS • Iran • Iraq • ISIS
February 1st, 2015
10:55 AM ET

PRES OBAMA on Fareed Zakaria GPS

CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS features a wide-ranging interview with President Barack Obama in New Delhi as the President concluded his state visit to India. Topics included the impact of the death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah on the fragile Middle Eastern region,  Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s upcoming speech to Congress on President Obama’s Iran policy, the need for drone use regulations, China’s apparent distress over the burgeoning Obama-Modi friendship, Russia’s failing economy and its success in de-stabilizing Ukraine, and the legacy of his administration. Videos and a full transcript of the interview are below.

VIDEOS

President Obama on the need for regulations regarding the use of drones

President Obama on the passing of King Abdullah

President Obama on U.S.-Israeli relationship

President Obama on Russia

President Obama on China and India

President Obama on terrorism

President Obama on radical Islam

President Obama on authoritarian allies in the Middle East

President Obama on Phil Klay’s Redeployment

Full transcript after the jump.

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Topics: CNN • Fareed Zakaria • Fareed Zakaria GPS • Iran • Iraq • ISIS • Israel • Russia • Syria
President Obama interviewed by CNN’s Fareed Zakaria in India for CNN's New Day
January 27th, 2015
09:32 AM ET

President Obama interviewed by CNN’s Fareed Zakaria in India for CNN's New Day

The following excerpt is from an interview between President Barack Obama and CNN’s Fareed Zakaria in New Delhi, IndiaThe President spoke with Zakaria as he concluded his state visit to India and spoke about the passing of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia for CNN’s NEW DAY.

The full interview between Zakaria and the President will air inside CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS international affairs program on Sunday, February 1st on CNN/U.S. at 10:00am and 1:00pm and on CNN International at 7:00am.  All times Eastern.

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FAREED ZAKARIA, Host of CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS:  So when Americans think about Saudi Arabia and specifically, I think they find it almost incomprehensible; this is a place where a blogger is sentenced to 1,000 lashes for expressing his opinions, where women can't drive, they can't work without a male member of the family's permission.

What would you say to them if they asked, why are we so closely allied with this regime when we now out-produce it in oil?

BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES:  Well, what we'd say to them is that it is important for us to take into account existing relationships, the existing alignments within a very complicated Middle East, to recognize that we have strategic interests in common with Saudi Arabia and that even as we work on those common interests, for example, countering terrorist organizations, that we are also encouraging them to move in new directions, not just for our sake but more importantly for their sake. FULL POST

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