The world we have known and been comfortable with for decades is being disrupted - by broad forces like climate change but also shifting power dynamics and the rise of populism and nationalism. All of this means navigating this new era will be complex, especially if the goal is to preserve core values such as freedom and individualism. How do we do that? How especially does the modern university do that?
Fareed Zakaria is an acclaimed commentator on world affairs and current events. He writes a weekly column for The Washington Post and hosts Fareed Zakaria GPS, a weekly international and domestic affairs program that airs globally on CNN International. It has become a prominent television forum for global newsmakers and thought leaders, and interviews have included US President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Zakaria is the author of highly-regarded bestselling books: In Defense of a Liberal Education (2015), a commentary on the importance of a well-rounded education; the international bestselling The Post-American World (2008), a discussion of the rise of non-Western powers; The Future of Freedom (2003), a study of the rise of ‘illiberal democracy’; and From Wealth to Power: The Unusual Origins of America's World Role (1998).
Zakaria was born in Mumbai, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University, earned a Ph.D in government from Harvard University, and has numerous honorary degrees. In 2017, Zakaria was awarded the Arthur Ross Media Award by the American Academy of Diplomacy. Previously, he was named a ‘Top 100 Global Thinker’ by Foreign Policy magazine, and Esquire magazine once called him “the most influential foreign policy adviser of his generation.”