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Richard Haass

Richard Haass

Writing for PS since 2000
150 commentaries
1 videos & podcasts

Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations, previously served as Director of Policy Planning for the US State Department (2001-2003), and was President George W. Bush's special envoy to Northern Ireland and Coordinator for the Future of Afghanistan. He is the author, most recently, of The Bill of Obligations: The Ten Habits of Good Citizens (Penguin Press, 2023).

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  1. The World’s Stake in American Democracy
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    The World’s Stake in American Democracy

    Jan 24, 2023 Richard Haass argues that global stability and prosperity still depend on US resources and leadership.

  2. What in the World Will Happen in 2023?
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    What in the World Will Happen in 2023?

    Jan 2, 2023 Richard Haass thinks Japan’s emergence as a geopolitical player and Iran’s meltdown will dominate headlines this year.

  3. Ten Lessons from the Return of History
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    Ten Lessons from the Return of History

    Dec 13, 2022 Richard Haass catalogs the key expectations and assumptions about international relations that have not survived 2022.

  4. Making Sense of Midterm America
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    Making Sense of Midterm America

    Nov 10, 2022 Richard Haass thinks the election results imply broad continuity in US foreign policy until the 2024 presidential election.

  5. The New Nuclear Era
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    The New Nuclear Era

    Oct 19, 2022 Richard Haass examines the factors fueling wider proliferation of weapons and eroding the taboo against their use.

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    The New European Frontier

    Giulio Boccaletti

    Given this summer's climate-driven disasters, one might think that the European political system would be devising comprehensive adaptation plans. But, despite some steps in the right direction, Europeans are only just waking up to the constitutional implications of a changing physical environment.

    thinks a changing climate will force the European Union finally to embrace its political nature.
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    The Poverty of Anti-Capitalism

    Harold James considers recent arguments against markets, globalization, and growth, finding them to be deeply flawed.
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    How Not to Fight Inflation

    Joseph E. Stiglitz sees little upside and much downside to further monetary-policy tightening by the US Federal Reserve.
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    Who Is Part of the Free World?

    Anne-Marie Slaughter urges US President Joe Biden to abandon a phrase that is better left in the twentieth century.
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    Realism About Techno-Optimism

    Gernot Wagner laments that public debate about climate solutions is long on political grandstanding and short on nuance.
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    PS Commentators Respond: Could the “Chinese Century” Belong to India?

    From demographics to trade to GDP growth, China is currently struggling precisely where India seems to be thriving. At a time when the global economy’s center of gravity is shifting to Asia, we asked PS commentators whether India’s rising star will soon outshine China’s.

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    Why Industrial Policy Is Back

    Ricardo Hausmann explains why economic theory has finally begun to catch up with centuries of economic practice.
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    Patriots in Name Only

    Richard K. Sherwin considers the implications of the Republican Party's challenge to the state's power to make and enforce law.
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    Assassinated Are the Peacemakers?

    Nina L. Khrushcheva highlights the grave risks that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky would incur by negotiating with Russia.

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