Richard Haass

President, Council on Foreign Relations

Accelerating Global Disorder: Shifting Powers & America's Role

About the Topic

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The liberal world order continues to fray, warns Richard Haass. Beyond the shifting roles of the U.S., China, and Russia, he observes that power is more distributed among more players than at any other time in history. They range from “medium powers” like Iran and North Korea to non-state actors like terrorist organizations and drug cartels. What can or should be salvaged of the old order? How might alliances be recast? And where will the United States take its place?

About the Speaker

President of the Council on Foreign Relations for 18 years, Richard Haass is one of America’s most prominent thinkers about U.S. foreign policy. His career spans service in the Departments of State, Defense, and the NSC. Haass also worked as U.S. coordinator for policy regarding the future of Afghanistan and as U.S. envoy to the Northern Ireland peace process. He is the author or editor of 15 books. His latest book is The World: A Brief Introduction (May 2020, Penguin Press). On Twitter: @RichardHaass