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Fareed Zakaria ’86

Author and journalist Fareed Zakaria ’86 has made a career of explaining the world to Americans. Starting next month, he’ll do it from a slightly different platform. Zakaria recently announced he’ll leave Newsweek, where he has edited the international edition for ten years, to become an editor-at-large and columnist for Newsweek’s rival Time. (You could say it’s like leaving Yale for Harvard, something else Zakaria has done—he got his PhD in Cambridge.)

For Zakaria, the move means he’ll be able to concentrate more on, in his words,“creating content … doing stories all over the world, rather than figuring out what the business model is for Newsweek on the iPad.” And it’s Zakaria’s content that has made him one of the world’s 100 top public intellectuals, according to Foreign Policy magazine. In the wake of 9/11, he wrote an influential Newsweek essay that sought to explain “Why Do They Hate Us?” And in 2008, he published a bestseller called The Post-American World that sketches a future in which the US is no longer the world’s dominant superpower.

If you’re trying to put a label on Zakaria’s politics, good luck. He’s been called a moderate, a conservative, and a liberal. For what it’s worth, as a student at Yale he was a member of the Party of the Right.

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