Fareed Zakaria: Journalist


Fareed Zakaria hosts CNN’s flagship foreign affairs show, is Editor-at-Large of TIME Magazine, and a Washington Post columnist.

He is also a New York Times bestselling author of the books:

  • The Post-American World: Release 2.0
  • The Post-American World
  • The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad

book cover ”Fareed Zakaria’s international bestseller The Post-American World pointed to the “rise of the rest”—the growth of countries like China, India, Brazil, and others—as the great story of our time, the story that will undoubtedly shape the future of global power. Since its publication, the trends he identified have proceeded faster than anyone could have anticipated. The 2008 financial crisis turned the world upside down, stalling the United States and other advanced economies. Meanwhile emerging markets have surged ahead, coupling their economic growth with pride, nationalism, and a determination to shape their own future.  In this new edition, Zakaria makes sense of this rapidly changing landscape. With his customary lucidity, insight, and imagination, he draws on lessons from the two great power shifts of the past 500 years—the rise of the Western world and the rise of the United States—to tell us what we can expect from the third shift, the “rise of the rest.” The great challenge for Britain was economic decline. The challenge for America now is political decline, for as others have grown in importance, the central role of the United States, especially in the ascendant emerging markets, has already begun to shrink. As Zakaria eloquently argues, Washington needs to begin a serious transformation of its global strategy, moving from its traditional role of dominating hegemon to that of a more pragmatic, honest broker. It must seek to share power, create coalitions, build legitimacy, and define the global agenda—all formidable tasks.  None of this will be easy for the greatest power the world has ever known—the only power that for so long has really mattered. America stands at a crossroads: In a new global era where the United States no longer dominates the worldwide economy, orchestrates geopolitics, or overwhelms cultures, can the nation continue to thrive?”

The Post-American World: Release 2.0 (W.W. Norton, 2012)


“In New York Times bestseller, The Post-American World, Fareed Zakaria argues that the “rise of the rest” is the great story of our time.  ”This is not a book about the decline of America, but rather about the rise of everyone else.” So begins Fareed Zakaria’s important new work on the era we are now entering. Following on the success of his best-selling The Future of Freedom, Zakaria describes with equal prescience a world in which the United States will no longer dominate the global economy, orchestrate geopolitics, or overwhelm cultures. He sees the “rise of the rest”—the growth of countries like China, India, Brazil, Russia, and many others—as the great story of our time, and one that will reshape the world. The tallest buildings, biggest dams, largest-selling movies, and most advanced cell phones are all being built outside the United States. This economic growth is producing political confidence, national pride, and potentially international problems. How should the United States understand and thrive in this rapidly changing international climate? What does it mean to live in a truly global era? Zakaria answers these questions with his customary lucidity, insight, and imagination.”

The Post-American World (W.W. Norton, 2009)


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“With elegance and insight, Fareed Zakaria sets forth for our times a fundamental truth previously articulated by Aristotle and Tocqueville:  unregulated democracy undermines liberty and the rule of law. The Future of Freedom is one of the most important books on global political trends to appear in the past decade.  Its sobering analysis has vital lessons for all of us concerned with freedom’s future in the world.” –Samuel Huntington

“Fareed Zakaria covers an immense amount of ground in this eloquent examination of the varieties of freedom and democracy. Mastering the nuances of every corner of the world, discussing the critical (and virtually unexamined) problem of “illiberal democracy,” analyzing what he correctly calls “the Great Exception” of Islam, Zakaria forces us to think in new ways about values that Americans take for granted.” –Ambassador Richard Holbrooke

“Fareed Zakaria’s The Future of Freedom is a learned, tough minded, and intellectually courageous warning that easy bromides about democracy, if taken as a literal guide to policy, could make the world a more dangerous and less pleasant place. At a moment when Washington is full of hopeful talk about bringing democracy to the Middle East, Zakaria’s book should start a sorely needed discussion about how to balance the hope of bringing more freedom to the region with the risk of further empowering radical Islam.” –Nicholas Lemann

The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad (W.W. Norton, 2007)