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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.

Fareed Zakaria GPS takes a comprehensive look at foreign affairs and global policies through in-depth, one-on-one interviews and fascinating roundtable discussions.


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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.




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April 18, 2021 | On GPS: An exclusive interview with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, days after Biden announces a final U.S. troop withdrawal

Airdate April 18, 2021: After the Biden administration said this week it's pulling out of Afghanistan, Fareed has an exclusive interview with the President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, on what the U.S. withdrawal means for his country and its citizens. Then, former Trump national security advisor Gen. H.R. McMaster critiques the Biden decision on Afghanistan, citing the potential chaos the Taliban can unleash, while former Obama national security advisor Tom Donilon applauds the decision...


April 11, 2021 | On GPS: How to pay for Biden's big dollar plans; re-engaging with Iran; Turkey's illiberal democracy

Airdate April 11, 2021: Trump slashed corporate tax rates in his tenure as president. Biden has taken haste to undo that, securing funding for his new American jobs plan. Fareed talks to Wally Adeyemo, U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Treasury. And, the Iran deal - can the U.S. and Iran resume talks? Should they? Fareed has a great debate with an all-star panel. Then, at another negotiating table, an awkward game of musical chairs in Turkey left one European leader without a seat. What this...


April 4, 2021 | On GPS: Biden's big bid to rebuild America; new report on the origins of COVID-19; Germany grapples with COVID-19 resurgence

Airdate April 4, 2021: Before hitting his 100-day mark, Pres. Biden has passed a $2T COVID relief bill and proposed a $2T infrastructure and jobs package. Some have already begun putting him in the pantheon with FDR & LBJ. Are those comparisons apt? Fareed asks historians, Jon Meacham and Niall Ferguson. Then, the WHO's latest report saw no evidence that COVID-19 originated in a lab. Fareed speaks to Peter Daszak, one of the scientists who carried out this controversial investigation in...


March 21, 2021 | On GPS: Top U.S. officials had wars of words this week with their Russian and Chinese counterparts. What’s next for those already difficult relations?

Airdate March 21, 2021: Fareed offers his Take on America’s already bloated defense budget and why the administration may use China to justify asking for even more money. Then, he talks to an all-star panel about President Biden affirming he thinks Putin is a “killer” and the un-diplomatic start of Secretary of State Blinken’s talks with his Chinese counterpart. Will Washington’s difficult relations with Moscow and Beijing get even more so? Then, a global COVID mystery: why has the...


March 14, 2021 | On GPS: Biden's $1.9 trillion relief package; the Quad's first leaders' summit; the biotech revolution

Airdate March 14, 2021: Biden's $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan was signed into law Friday. So, will the plan deliver on its promises? Paul Krugman and Larry Summers debate the bill's size and its long-term consequences. Then, what you need to know about the Quad after Biden’s meeting with leaders from India, Australia and Japan on Friday. The bloc of four nations seeks to counter China's growing influence while promoting a "free and open Indo-Pacific." Former State Department official...


March 7, 2021 | On GPS: The race to global leadership in AI; Europe's bungled vaccine rollout; The bioethics of a COVID-19 vaccine passport; The Pope's historic visit to Iraq; India's democratic decline;

Former Google chief Eric Schmidt makes the case for the U.S. to massively invest in artificial intelligence technology in order to keep up with China's fast advancements. As Italy blocks a shipment of vaccine from going to Australia, Zanny Milton Beddoes discusses the problems with the European Union's slow vaccine rollout and how it is affecting politics in the UK. Fareed asks renowned medical ethicist Arthur Caplan about the pros and cons of a COVID-19 vaccine passport. Then, Ben Wedeman...


February 28, 2021 | On GPS: The future of U.S.-Saudi relations after the Khashoggi report; a look at Biden's Middle East Strategy; Bill Gates on solutions for saving the planet and a post-pandemic world; cryptocurrency goes mainstream

Airdate February 28, 2021: After a U.S. intelligence report stated that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved the killing of journalist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi, what, if any, will be the consequences for the de facto ruler of Saudia Arabia? And how is Biden’s broader Middle East strategy shaping up? Fareed talks to a panel of experts. Then, Bill Gates discusses his new book about how to avoid a climate disaster, his lessons from COVID-19, and the U.S. economy....


February 21, 2021 | On GPS: Pres. Biden's America-is-back agenda

Airdate February 21, 2021: President Biden says, "America is back." But is it? Fareed speaks to an all-star panel about Biden foreign policy. Then, a Texas-sized catastrophe caused by winter weather. Is the world prepared for the ever more severe weather being churned up by climate change? Texas-based climate scientist Katherine Hayhoe tells Fareed. Finally, one nation's surprising Covid-19 success story. How one poor but happy nation has managed to so far only suffer one Covid-19 death....


February 14, 2021 | On GPS: 2nd Trump impeachment trial ends in acquittal; the world after the covid-19 pandemic; America's cyber vulnerabilities

Airdate February 14, 2021: Trump's second impeachment trial culminated in another acquittal. The former President's critics say it is further evidence that America's democracy is broken. So, what can be done to put it back together and make it stronger? David Frum and Anne Applebaum discuss with Fareed. Then, how far we've come and how far have we yet to go in the Covid-19 pandemic. Former CDC Director Tom Frieden tells Fareed how to thwart a fourth wave and what the new normal will look...


February 7, 2021 | On GPS: American adversaries react to President Joe Biden

Airdate February 7, 2021: First, Iran. Can the nuclear deal be salvaged? Is Iran willing to re-negotiate? Fareed talks to Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. Then, Fareed speaks to Chinese Ambassador Cui Tiankai about great power competition, China's treatment of Uyghurs in Xinjiang, the origins of Covid-19, and China's increasing assertiveness towards its neighbors. GUESTS:Javad Zarif, Cui Tiankai To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy


January 31, 2021 | On GPS: Vaccine nationalism; the movement arising around Alexey Navalny; exclusive one-on-one with John Kerry

Airdate January 31, 2021: Fareed gives his take on the dangers of vaccine nationalism and what it could mean for world's recovery from Covid-19. Then, for the second weekend in a row Russians heeded the rallying cry of Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny. Demonstrations against Putin were planned in over 120 cities across the country. Will Russia's government continue its harsh response to the protests? And, how will this change U.S.-Russia relations? Julia Ioffe and Alexander Gabuev join Fareed...


January 24, 2021 | On GPS: President Biden's arrival in office - how is the world reacting?

Airdate January 24, 2021: President Biden swiftly took action to move away from many of the policies of the last 4 years. What is the reaction from U.S. allies and competitors? Fareed gets perspectives from the UK, China, Germany and Mexico. Then, as Covid cases worldwide approach 100-million, new variants have cropped up, and vaccine rollouts are underway. Is herd immunity on the horizon? CNN's chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta answers pressing questions about COVID-19 and tells...


January 17, 2021 | On GPS: Countering domestic terrorism in America; Trump's 2nd impeachment; the threat of far-right extremism

Airdate January 17, 2021: Washington is on high alert and under heavy guard after last week's attack on the capitol. And now the House has impeached Pres. Trump for a second time, will the Senate convict? Former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and Fareed discuss safety, security and moving America forward. Then, with a flurry of last-minute diplomacy moves in China, Cuba, Yemen and Iran, Sec. Pompeo has seen to it that Biden’s transition in will not be easy. Susan Glasser tells...


January 10, 2021 | On GPS: Attack on the U.S. Capitol - Former Secretary of State Colin Powell on the way forward

Airdate January 10, 2021: Insurrection in America as a pro-Trump mob storms the U.S. Capitol. How does the U.S. move forward from here? Is impeachment the answer? How will this change the world's view of America? Former Secretary of State Colin Powell and Fareed discuss. Then, Anne Applebaum and Ezra Klein discuss how the lure of authoritarianism and America's polarization played into the attack. And, is this violent response to the election really unprecedented? Pre-eminent historian Eric...


January 3, 2021 | On GPS: Exclusive interview with President-elect Biden's incoming National Security Adviser, Jake Sullivan

Airdate January 3, 2021: Fareed talks to incoming National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan about the global challenges the Biden administration will face. Are the U.S. and China entering a cold war? Can the President-elect revive the Iran nuclear deal? What will his policies toward Russia and the Middle East be? And what kind of cooperation is team Biden getting from team Trump? Get to know the man who will soon have one of the key jobs in the White House. GUESTS: Jake Sullivan To learn more...


December 20, 2020 | On GPS: Russia's alleged cyber hack on U.S. government – how bad was it for American national security?

Airdate December 20, 2020: David Sanger describes the recent hack on U.S. government agencies as the biggest national intelligence failure since Pearl Harbor. All fingers point to Russia as the perpetrator. Just how severe is this intrusion? Fareed and Sanger discuss. And, what should the U.S. response be? Former National Security Advisor Tom Donilon tells Fareed. Then, vaccines have been approved and administered throughout the U.K. and the U.S. Is there light at the end of the COVID-19...


December 13, 2020 | On GPS: The great American vaccination campaign begins; Brexit on the brink again; chef & humanitarian Jose Andres on feeding America

Airdate December 13, 2020: The light at the end of the Covid tunnel - the first vaccines were administered in the U.K., and in the U.S. they're making their way around the country. Founder and Chairman of Moderna, Noubar Afeyan, talks to Fareed about his revolutionary vaccines and how they got from concept to ready-for-authorization so quickly. And, Britain has 18 days to reach a Brexit agreement. Can the U.K. and the E.U. find common ground? Fareed asks British journalist Zanny Minton...


December 6, 2020 | On GPS: Behind the assassination of a top nuclear scientist in Iran; stopping the spread of Covid-19 by Christmas; the corrosive power of political lies & conspiracy theories

Airdate December 6, 2020: Iran’s Supreme Leader, its President and other senior officials have vowed to avenge the assassination of the country’s chief nuclear scientist. A top U.S. official says Israel is behind it. Fareed, Dina Esfandiary, Ronen Bergman and Martin Indyk talk about vast implications of the killing. Then, the U.S. is seeing a sharp rise in deaths and hospitalizations from Covid. Michael Mina tells Fareed his plan for how America can reverse course. And, the destructive power...


November 29, 2020 | On GPS: Three of the world’s most eminent historians on Trump’s legacy & Biden’s chances of healing a divided nation Biden on foreign policy

Airdate November 29, 2020: 26 days after the election, Pres. Trump still has not conceded and many senior Republicans have yet to acknowledge the result. How will history look upon this? An all-star panel of historians join Fareed to discuss Donald Trump’s legacy in office and what history tells us about the future of America’s Republican and Democratic parties – Doris Kearns Goodwin, Jon Meacham and Niall Ferguson GUESTS: Doris Kearns Goodwin, Jon Meacham, Niall Ferguson, Jennifer Doudna To...


November 22, 2020 | On GPS: Bill Gates on the Covid-19 vaccine & how brutal the pandemic will be on the U.S. this winter; how Trump is trying to box in Biden on foreign policy

Airdate November 15, 2020: Countries in the north are seeing surges as the winter sets in. How bad will it get? How do the vaccines change the calculus? Fareed talks to Bill Gates about the state of the pandemic. Then, America's role on the world stage—what has it become under the Trump administration? And, how will the next presidency re-shape it? Former US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power and Richard Haass of the Council on Foreign Relations talk to Fareed. GUESTS: Bill Gates, Samantha...