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Richard Haass

Richard Haass

Writing for PS since 2000
159 commentaries
1 videos & podcasts

Richard Haass, President Emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations, previously served as Director of Policy Planning for the US State Department (2001-03), and was President George W. Bush's special envoy to Northern Ireland and Coordinator for the Future of Afghanistan. He is the author of The Bill of Obligations: The Ten Habits of Good Citizens (Penguin Press, 2023) and the weekly Substack newsletter “Home & Away.”

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  1. The New World Disorder
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    The New World Disorder

    Sep 22, 2023 Richard Haass highlights the growing threat to international stability and calls for effective cooperation.

  2. China’s Homegrown Crisis
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    China’s Homegrown Crisis

    Aug 21, 2023 Richard Haass warns that the sharply slowing economy could tempt President Xi Jinping to try to change the conversation.

  3. Ascending the Vilnius Summit
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    Ascending the Vilnius Summit

    Jul 10, 2023 Richard Haass explains what NATO should offer Ukraine – and why it should not include an immediate invitation to join.

  4. A Tale of Two Invasions
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    A Tale of Two Invasions

    Jun 21, 2023 Richard Haass catalogs what changed between Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990 and Russia’s attack on Ukraine in 2022.

  5. Israel at 75
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    Israel at 75

    May 22, 2023 Richard Haass reflects on the country's remarkable achievements, as well as its unsolved problems and new challenges.

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    Not Destined for War

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr.

    If the United States maintains its alliances, invests in itself, and avoids unnecessary provocations, it can reduce the probability of falling into either a cold war or a hot war with China. But to formulate an effective strategy, it will have to eschew familiar but misleading historical analogies.

    rejects historical analogies implying that zero-sum conflict between the US and China is inevitable.
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    Is “Peace Through Commerce” Dead?

    Harold James doubts that new conflicts and rivalries justify a full-scale rejection of European-style economic engagement.
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    Putin and Kim’s Cartoon Summit

    Nina L. Khrushcheva thinks that Russia's recent meeting with North Korea was intended primarily as a warning to the South.
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    Saudi Arabia’s New Nationalism

    Bernard Haykel explains the reasoning behind the Kingdom's ongoing domestic- and foreign-policy transformation.
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    The Green Growth Mindset

    Gernot Wagner sees doctrinaire debates about capitalism as irrelevant or even deleterious to the decarbonization effort.
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    Africa Is the Future of Multilateralism

    Mark Malloch-Brown explains why the continent should be at the forefront of efforts to bring about international reforms.
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    A Chinese Bubble Long in the Making

    Yi Fuxian traces the long roots of the country's mounting economic and financial problems.
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    Industrial Policy Is Back

    From semiconductors to electric vehicles, governments are identifying the strategic industries of the future and intervening to support them – abandoning decades of neoliberal orthodoxy in the process. Are industrial policies the key to tackling twenty-first-century economic challenges or a recipe for market distortions and lower efficiency?

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    Is AI a Master or Slave?

    Joschka Fischer wonders whether humanity can even hope to maintain control in an era of “mega-crisis.”

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