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Richard Haass

Richard Haass

Writing for PS since 2000
145 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 World: A Brief Introduction (Penguin Press, 2020).

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  1. Ukraine’s Coming Winter of Decision
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    Ukraine’s Coming Winter of Decision

    Sep 14, 2022 Richard Haass thinks the country’s leaders will have to use the lull in the fighting to weigh war goals and economic costs.

  2. Xi Jinping’s Guns of August
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    Xi Jinping’s Guns of August

    Aug 11, 2022 Richard Haass asks why China’s president didn't simply ignore or downplay US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.

  3. As the World Burns
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    As the World Burns

    Jul 25, 2022 Richard Haass thinks we will have to rely more on physical science than political science to save us from ourselves.

  4. The Keys to the Kingdom
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    The Keys to the Kingdom

    Jun 14, 2022 Richard Haass thinks the Biden administration is right to embrace realism and change US foreign policy toward Saudi Arabia.

  5. Is Diplomacy Between Russia and the West Still Possible?
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    Is Diplomacy Between Russia and the West Still Possible?

    May 10, 2022 Richard Haass thinks the US should abandon talk of regime change in the Kremlin and continue to support Ukraine indirectly.

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    The Key to Unlocking Africa’s Economic Potential

    Landry Signé explains why fostering trade integration and regional value chains is essential for the continent to prosper.
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    Geopolitical Davids and Goliaths

    Harold James considers lessons from smaller countries about how to wield power and influence in the twenty-first century.
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    Preparing for the Next Global Catastrophe

    José Manuel Barroso explains why global leaders must focus on creating equitable response mechanisms ahead of the next crisis.
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    Italy’s Next Government Must Tackle Climate Security

    Luca Bergamaschi shows why the country’s politicians can no longer afford to ignore a major threat to national security.
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    Europe and the New Non-Alignment

    Laurence Tubiana

    Despite the massive civilian suffering in Ukraine, many countries have been wary of taking sides, owing both to a perception of European double standards and to Russia’s leverage over energy and commodity prices. But while new geopolitical dynamics have complicated climate advocacy, they certainly haven't derailed it.

    sees both challenges and opportunities for climate policy in an era of geopolitical fragmentation.
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    The Sting of Climate Risk Is in the Tails

    Mark Cliffe thinks conventional models have overemphasized the long term at the expense of more immediate threats.
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    Should Humanities Professors Be Automated?

    Nicholas Agar considers the implications of recent successes with AI-generated academic research and writing.
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    Should Energy Companies’ Windfall Profits Be Taxed?

    Imposing a one-off tax on energy companies’ extraordinary profits might seem like a no-brainer at a time of soaring inflation, but the idea has more than a few detractors. As policymakers in a growing number of economies move ahead, we asked PS commentators whether they are right to do so.

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    The Global Necessity of American Democracy

    Javier Solana shows why the political health of the United States has become a matter of global concern.

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