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Richard Haass - A World in Disarray
American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order

Thursday, February 16, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

As President-elect Donald Trump was making news in mid-December with his choice for Secretary of State, ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, The New York Times also reported, “Mr. Trump has also spoken with Richard N. Haass, the president of the Council on Foreign Relations and a far more centrist figure.”

Council members have the opportunity on Thursday, February 16, to hear CFR President Haass authoritatively discuss the challenges this new administration faces. Dr. Haass is the author of recently published A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order.

He’s a regular international affairs commentator on Bloomberg TV, Fareed Zakaria’s GPS on CNN and he is no stranger to global affairs from the Middle East to Ireland to China.

His latest book has drawn praise from two previous Council speakers. Robert M. Gates, who was both CIA Director (1991-1993) and Secretary of Defense (2006-2011), and Walter Isaacson, prize-winning author of biographies of diplomats Benjamin Franklin and Henry Kissinger.

Gates called Dr. Haass’ new book "A must-read for the new American president and all who are concerned by the state of the world and the prospect of things getting worse. … Practical and provocative: a book that sets the policy table."

And Isaacson said, “In a world where power has become decentralized and respects no borders, we need an updated operating system, one that provides a new method for conducting diplomacy. In this wise and historically grounded book, Richard Haass shows what we need to do at home and in our foreign policy to make this work. It's a brilliant approach for a troubled world.”

Dr. Haass has experience in a troubled world. He received the 2013 Tipperary International Peace Award for his work in chairing negotiations between Britain and Northern Ireland.

During 2001-2003, Dr. Haass was director of policy planning for the State Department and a principal advisor to Secretary of State Colin Powell. Dr. Haass, who holds the rank of Ambassador, was U.S. coordinator for policy regarding Afghanistan’s future. He also received the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award.

He has extensive additional government experience. His biography notes: “From 1989 to 1993, he was special assistant to President George H.W. Bush and senior director for Near East and South Asian affairs on the staff of the National Security Council. In 1991, Dr. Haass was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal for his contributions to the development and articulation of U.S. policy during operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Previously, he served in the Departments of State (1981–1985) and Defense (1979–1980), and was a legislative aide in the U.S. Senate.”

The author of a dozen books, the Brooklyn native is a Rhodes scholar with a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College and master’s and doctorate degrees from Oxford University.

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