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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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    Utopia or Bust

    J. Bradford DeLong considers our options for both expanding and effectively slicing the proverbial economic pie.
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    Germany’s Reckoning

    Helmut K. Anheier

    Germany is now grappling with a host of difficult questions about its place in the world, the nature of its politics, and its most cherished values. For a pacifist society in a new age of conflict and war, everything must change if things are to remain the same.

    traces the contours of the country's debate, triggered by the Ukraine war, about its strategic future.
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    Preempting a Generative AI Monopoly

    Diane Coyle urges policymakers to take steps to counter the anti-competitive implications of a rapidly emerging market.
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    Japan’s Strategic Imperative

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr. sees the country doubling down on its best option for ensuring national security and regional stability.
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    China’s Savings Conundrum

    Zhang Jun explains why – and how – the country must stimulate household consumption to achieve a robust recovery.
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    The Flight of the Inflation Hawks

    Though the US Federal Reserve’s first interest-rate hike of 2023 is smaller than those that preceded it, policymakers have signaled that more increases are on the way, despite slowing price growth. But there is good reason to doubt the utility – and fear the consequences – of continued rate hikes, on both sides of the Atlantic.

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    How to Transform African Agriculture

    Safia Boly & Omid Kassiri identify four principles that could help governments across the continent boost food security.
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    Making Ukrainian Victory Possible

    Josep Borrell explains why continued military support and other forms of assistance remain critical.
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    Death or Glory in Russia

    Slavoj Žižek traces the religious and intellectual roots of the Kremlin’s increasingly morbid war propaganda.

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