Born in Mumbai India, it is hardly surprising that Fareed became interested in studying and writing about political history and international relations. His father Rafiq Zakaria was the former deputy leader of the Congress Party in India. His mother had been the Sunday editor of the distinguished Times of India. He attended the prestigious Cathedral School in Mumbai before moving on to Yale for his Bachelor of Arts and Harvard University for his Ph.D. in International Relations. He was appointed as the youngest Managing Editor at the publication Foreign Affairs in 1992 when he was only 28 and fresh out of Harvard.During his eight years with the magazine he also wrote numerous articles and columns for publications such as The Washington Post and The New Yorker. In fact his cover story for the October 2001 edition of Newsweek titled ″Why They Hate Us″ remains one of the most cited and decorated cover stories the publication has produced. In the world of television news, he guested on the news biography show ″This Week″ (ABC 1996-) and was a frequent guest on the long running interview show ″Charlie Rose″ (PBS 1991-). In 2008 he began hosting CNN's international affairs show ″GPS″ (CNN 2008-), where he specialized in presenting in-depth interviews with some of the most important newsmakers of the time. The show quickly gained followers and within a year was nominated for an Emmy. Beyond his hosting duties for ″GPS″, in October 2010 he was invited to take over as the TIME Editor at Large. At the time he had been with the publication for ten years, managing the overseas editions of the magazine.He continued in his role as a specialist regarding America in the Middle East with both cover features and ongoing columns. In addition to his successful book on democracy The Future of Freedom, in 2012 he completed The Post-American World. The book was hailed by the New York Times as ″relentlessly intelligent″ and not only made The New York Times bestseller list but went on to be published in over 20 languages.