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Richard Haass

Richard Haass

Writing for PS since 2000
147 commentaries
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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, most recently, of The World: A Brief Introduction (Penguin Press, 2020).

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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    The Economics of Mainstreaming Climate Action

    Jean Pisani-Ferry & Selma Mahfouz identify the risks and short-term costs associated with the energy transition over the next decade.
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    Killing Twitter

    Antara Haldar explains what Elon Musk fundamentally misunderstands about the platform – and about free speech.
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    The Napoleons of Big Tech

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    Recent events in the technology sector suggest that investors and lenders should be demanding a premium to cover the risk that a star entrepreneur will become an egomaniacal dictator. With each business cycle, it seems, old lessons must be relearned.

    sees in the industry’s harsh reckoning this year lessons that apparently can’t be learned often enough.
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    The Crypto Emperor’s New Clothes

    The collapse of several crypto platforms this year – including the spectacular crash of the second-largest cryptocurrency exchange, FTX – has raised fundamental questions about the credibility of a digital innovation once hailed as the key to democratizing finance. Has crypto finally been exposed as a scam, or will a new, stronger crypto industry emerge from the current turmoil?

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    The Climate Crisis Is Also a Health Crisis

    Seth Berkley & Werner Hoyer explain why global leaders must urgently introduce equitable pandemic-response mechanisms.
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    Rishi Sunak’s Daunting Challenge

    Chris Patten urges the UK prime minister to join the battle for the soul of the Conservative Party after a disastrous year.
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    Russia’s Financial Crisis Must Come Sooner

    Simon Johnson shows why a low price cap for the country’s crude exports would render the Kremlin’s war economy untenable.
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    QE with Chinese Characteristics?

    Andrew Sheng & Xiao Geng urge China to use monetary policy to tackle some of the biggest challenges it faces.
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    Why Europe and Latin America Need Each Other

    Josep Borrell urges European Union and Latin American leaders to revive momentum toward a long-overdue trade agreement.

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