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Exclusively for Members: Richard Haass, President of The Council on Foreign Relations

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


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Wednesday, July 15, 2020
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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About the Event

If only Americans knew more about the world.

It’s a common refrain among many foreign policy intellectuals, and Richard Haass joins the chorus in “The World: A Brief Introduction.” Young Americans suffer from poor educations, he contends, while older people find it hard to keep up with profound changes that have unfolded since the Cold War order crumbled three decades ago. The consequences of ignorance, Haass warns, are serious: American disengagement from the wider world and poor decision-making at a moment of mounting global dysfunction.

But what precisely do Americans need to know in order to assure the better future Haass hopes for? He proposes to answer this question in a book amounting to International Affairs 101. In two dozen tightly focused chapters covering everything from monetary policy and international law to terrorism and climate change, “The World” aims to promote a minimally necessary level of knowledge that Haass calls “global literacy.”

About The Speaker

Dr. Richard Haass is a veteran diplomat, a prominent voice on American foreign policy, and an established leader of nonprofit institutions. He is in his seventeenth year as president of the Council on Foreign Relations, an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, publisher, and educational institution dedicated to being a resource to help people better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other countries.

Dr. Haass has extensive additional government experience. 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.