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Richard Haass

Richard Haass

Writing for PS since 2000
158 commentaries
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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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. What Northern Ireland Teaches Us About Ending the Ukraine War
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    What Northern Ireland Teaches Us About Ending the Ukraine War

    Apr 21, 2023 Richard Haass argues that the only condition for the start of negotiations should be a cessation of violence.

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    Whither the G20?

    Takatoshi Ito

    Following the latest G20 summit, the G7 should be thinking seriously about deepening its own ties with more non-aligned countries. If the Ukraine war drags on, and if China continues to threaten to take Taiwan by force, the G20 will be split between friends of the BRICS and friends of the G7.

    sees the grouping as increasingly divided between friends of the G7 and friends of China and Russia.
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    Making the Most of Africa’s Strategic Green Minerals

    Marit Kitaw explains how the continent can move beyond resource extraction to build green industry.
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    America Must Join Europe’s Climate Club

    Gary Yohe & Roger Kuhns urge US policymakers to create a carbon-pricing policy in line with the bloc’s emissions-reduction plan.
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    Measuring Corruption in China

    Yongheng Deng & Shang-Jin Wei outline a novel approach to assessing the extent and scope of the country's graft problem.
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    To Protect Democracy, Revive Local Journalism

    Laura Tyson & Lenny Mendonca identify promising new models and philanthropic initiatives geared toward supporting independent media.
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    How to Achieve Universal Cancer Care

    Sonali Johnson urges governments worldwide to include the disease in national health-insurance schemes.
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    What Climate Finance Needs

    Nouriel Roubini & Reza Bundy

    To prevent catastrophic climate change and accelerate the global transition to a net-zero economy, policymakers and asset owners urgently need to rethink how we channel capital at scale. The key is to develop new financial instruments that are profitable, liquid, and easily accessible to savers and investors globally.

    explain what it will take to channel private capital and savings toward sustainable development.
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    Down on the Biden Economy

    James K. Galbraith thinks the failure of wages to keep up with inflation explains much of the public’s dour mood.
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    The Dollar’s Full-Spectrum Dominance

    Carla Norrlöf foresees the greenback’s continued global hegemony owing to network effects and opportunism.

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