Fareed Zakaria made trustee of Yale
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Fareed Zakaria made trustee of Yale

Noted political commentator and author Fareed Zakaria will join Yale University as a trustee next month.

india Updated: Jan 24, 2006 11:26 IST

Noted political commentator and author Fareed Zakaria will join Yale University's Corporation as one of three new trustees, starting next month.

India bred Zakaria, editor of Newsweek International, is considered among the leading talking heads in the US. He also hosts a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) show called "Foreign Exchange with Fareed Zakaria".

The university, which has been pursuing an "internationalisation" effort, said Zakaria would be a great addition along with the other two appointees - Jeffrey Bewkes, president and COO of Time Warner Inc., and Donna Dubinsky, co-founder and CEO of Numenta and earlier co-founder of Handspring.

"All are recognised leaders in their fields, and each has been a wise counsellor to me and active participant at Yale," said university president Richard Levin.

"Fareed Zakaria is a brilliant interpreter of contemporary world affairs. He will bring a wealth of insight to the governance of Yale as we seek to strengthen our connections around the world," he added.

A 1986 alumnus of Yale College, Zakaria has achieved successes at a very young age.

He became managing editor of Foreign Affairs, a leading US journal, at the age of 28. He is also an award-winning columnist for Newsweek, a commentator for ABC News apart from being managing editor and host of the PBS series.

Zakaria was raised in Mumbai, India. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Yale, he earned a PhD in political science at Harvard in 1993 and ran a major research project on American foreign policy.

He has taught international relations and political philosophy at Harvard and Columbia universities and serves on several boards including the Council on Foreign Relations.

Zakaria has written for many publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, The New Republic and the webzine Slate.

He authored "From Wealth to Power: The Unusual Origins of America's World Role" and was co-editor of "The American Encounter: The United States and the Making of the Modern World".

His book "The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad", published in 2003, was a New York Times bestseller. It was translated into 18 languages.

First Published: Jan 24, 2006 11:25 IST