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Richard Haass

Richard Haass

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

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    Keeping the Global Focus on Low-Income Countries

    Kristalina Georgieva & Sigrid Kaag

    As bad as the COVID-19 pandemic has been for major advanced economies, it is even worse for low-income countries that entered the crisis with only limited resources and already-high debt burdens. The international community must do more to help these governments confront the virus, or this crisis will never truly be over. 

    call for a greater effort to extend debt relief, financing, and other assistance to the world's poorest.
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    America’s Captured Courts

    Sheldon Whitehouse

    Decades ago, a group of powerful US corporate interests recognized that the unpopular policies they sought faced steady headwinds in the elected branches of government. But courts, stocked with amenable judges and presented with the right cases, could reliably deliver political wins without answering to voters. 

    shines a light on the dark money behind the US judiciary's rightward turn under Republican presidents.

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