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Richard N. Haass

President, Council on Foreign Relations

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U.S. foreign policy; international security; globalization; Asia; Middle East

Bio

Dr. Richard Haass is in his twelfth year as president of the Council on Foreign Relations, an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, and publisher dedicated to being a resource to help people better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other countries.

In 2013, he served as the chair of the multi-party negotiations in Northern Ireland that provided the foundation for the 2014 Stormont House Agreement. For his efforts to promote peace and conflict resolution, he received the 2013 Tipperary International Peace Award.

From January 2001 to June 2003, Dr. Haass was director of policy planning for the Department of State, where he was a principal adviser to Secretary of State Colin Powell. Confirmed by the U.S. Senate to hold the rank of ambassador, Dr. Haass also served as U.S. coordinator for policy toward the future of Afghanistan and U.S. envoy to the Northern Ireland peace process. In recognition of his service, he received the State Department's Distinguished Honor Award.

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 (1981-85) and Defense (1979-80) and was a legislative aide in the U.S. Senate.

Dr. Haass also was vice president and director of foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution, the Sol M. Linowitz visiting professor of international studies at Hamilton College, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a lecturer in public policy at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a research associate at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. A Rhodes scholar, Dr. Haass holds a BA from Oberlin College and Master and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Oxford University. He has also received numerous honorary degrees.

Dr. Haass is the author or editor of twelve books on American foreign policy and one book on management. His most recent books are Foreign Policy Begins at Home: The Case for Putting America's House in Order, and War of Necessity, War of Choice: A Memoir of Two Iraq Wars.

Dr. Richard Haass was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1951 and lives in New York City.

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Session One: A Conversation With Stanley Fischer

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Session One: Origins of the Cold War

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Session Four: A Conversation With Henry A. Kissinger

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A Conversation With Narendra Modi

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NY Town Hall: Middle East Update

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What to Do About Iraq

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HBO History Makers Series with Hillary Rodham Clinton

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What to Do About Russia and Ukraine

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What to Do About Guantanamo Bay

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CFR Fellows' Book Launch Series--By All Means Necessary: How China's Resource Quest is Changing the World

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CFR Fellows' Book Launch Series--By All Means Necessary: How China's Resource Quest is Changing the World

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What to Do About Tensions in Asia

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America's Place in the World

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CFR Fellows' Book Launch Series: Why Growth Matters--How Economic Growth in India Reduced Poverty and the Lessons for Other Developing Countries

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Abdullah Gül, President of Turkey

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A Conversation with Abdullah Gül

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Foreign Policy Begins at Home: The Case for Putting America's House in Order

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Foreign Policy Begins at Home: The Case for Putting America's House in Order

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Direct Connection: Global Resources, the U.S. Economy, and National Security

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A Conversation with Ginni Rometty

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HBO History Makers Series with Madeleine K. Albright

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Remarks on American Leadership

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A Conversation with George P. Shultz

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CEO Speaker Series: A Conversation with Jamie Dimon

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The Lasting Legacy of George F. Kennan

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Keynote: The Arab Uprisings: How Did We Get Here?

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Book Party for "No One's World: The West, the Rising Rest, and the Coming Global Turn" by Charlie Kupchan

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Paul C. Warnke Lecture on International Security: Defense Strategy and Budget Priorities for the 21st Century

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Eni Enrico Mattei Chair in Middle East and Africa Studies: The Arab Uprisings: Initial Observations

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A Conversation with Enda Kenny

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Afghanistan: Mending It, Not Just Ending It

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A Conversation with Richard Trumka

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The Gulf War: Twenty Years Later

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Navigating America's Foreign Policy in an Uncertain World

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CFR 90th Anniversary Series on Renewing America: American Power and Profligacy

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A Conversation with Yang Jiechi

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The Digital Disruption

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Meeting with Eric Schmidt, Jared Cohen, and Richard N. Haass on "The Digital Disruption"

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The United States and Japan at 50: Keynote Address

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A Conversation with Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf

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A Conversation with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

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Book Party: The Icarus Syndrome: A History of American Hubris

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The John B. Hurford Memorial Lecture: The Future of NATO

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Teaching the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars in the Classroom

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William Kentridge: Five Themes

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"The Sinews of Power": Rediscovering the Foundations of National Strength

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Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle

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A Conversation with Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh

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Organized Crime and Transnational Threats

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Paul C. Warnke Lecture in International Security with Mohamed ElBaradei

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A Conversation with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

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War of Necessity, War of Choice: A Memoir of Two Iraq Wars

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War of Necessity, War of Choice

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American Leadership and Global Governance in an Age of Nonpolarity

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War of Necessity, War of Choice

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A Second Look at the Great Depression and New Deal, Session One: The 1920s - Bubble, Growth, or Gold?

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Symposium on Russian-American Relations, Session One: Russia's Economic and Political Outlook

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Center for Preventive Action Symposium on Preventive Priorities for a New Era, Session One: Preventive Priorities for the Next Administration

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Restoring the Balance: A Middle East Strategy for the Next President

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Symposium on the U.S.-Japan Partnership, Session One: Global Transformations and the U.S.-Japan Partnership

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Bernard L. Schwartz Lecture on Business and Foreign Policy featuring David J. O'Reilly

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Bernard L. Schwartz Lecture on Business and Foreign Policy

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A Conversation with Cristina Fernández de Kirchner

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Cristina Fernández de Kirchner

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2008 Foreign Policy Symposium: Democracy and America’s Role in the World

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2008 Foreign Policy Symposium: The Greater Middle East

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2008 Foreign Policy Symposium: Foreign Policy Challenges Facing the Next Administration

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2008 Rocky Mountain Roundtable on International Relations: Panel Discussion: Enhancing the U.S. Role in the World

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2008 Rocky Mountain Roundtable on International Relations: Luncheon Discussion: Foreign Policy Challenges Facing the Next Administration

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A Conversation with Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani

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Center for Preventive Action Symposium: The Future of Conflict Prevention - Session I

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A Conversation with Chuck Hagel

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On Nuclear Terrorism

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NY Book Party: Heroic Conservatism: Why Republicans Need to Embrace America's Ideals (And Why They Deserve to Fail if They Don't)

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God and Gold: Britain, America, and the Making of the Modern World

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A Conversation with Benazir Bhutto

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Russell C. Leffingwell Lecture: A Conversation with Bertie Ahern

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Hungary-Suez Crisis: Fifty Years On - The Suez Crisis (Session 1)

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Richard Haass on "The New Middle East"

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Forging a World of Liberty Under Law: U.S. National Security in the 21st Century - Final Report of the Princeton Project on National Security

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The Emerging Shia Crescent Symposium: Implications for U.S. Policy in the Middle East

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Arthur C. Helton Memorial Lecture on Divided Nations: The Dilemmas of International Protection for Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons

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Iran's Nuclear Program Symposium: Policy Options for the United States

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Pakistan-U.S. Relations: Building a Strategic Partnership in the 21st Century

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President George W. Bush

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A Conversation with Senator Chuck Hagel on The Middle East and U.S. Foreign Policy

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A Conversation with Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabir Al-Thani

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HIV and National Security

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The Opportunity: America's Moment to Alter History's Course

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Ten Days in Iraq: A Trip Report

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Inaugural Arthur C. Helton Memorial Lecture: A Conversation with Sadako Ogata

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2005 Corporate Conference: Assessing Geopolitical Risk in the Global Economy

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The WTO after 10 Years: The Lessons Learned and the Challenges Ahead

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The World in the 21st Century: Addressing New Threats and Challenges

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A More Secure World: Who Needs to Do What?

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A Meeting with Manmohan Singh

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Conversation with Hoshyar Zebari

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Terrorism: Beyond Madrid

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The David A. Morse Lecture with Kofi Annan: The United Nations and Global Security in the 21st Century

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Prospects for the Peace Process in Northern Ireland

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Meeting with Hillary Rodham Clinton

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Lunch with Abdullah II bin Al Hussein

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Campaign 2004 Series: Conversation with Senator Joseph Lieberman

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A Conversation with Mahmoud Abbas

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Toward Greater Democracy in the Muslim World

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The Bush Administration's Response to Terrorism

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Press/Panels

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American Foreign Policy: Does it Begin at Home?

Dr. Richard Haass joins Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs director Graham Allison in the JFK Jr. Forum at Harvard University for a conversation on U.S. foreign policy.

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The Irony of American Strategy

A decade ago, when the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq began, the United States chose to immerse itself in the greater Middle East when it had little reason to dive in. But now that most Americans want little to do with the region, U.S. officials are finding it difficult to turn away.

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Post-Debate Analysis

On the PBS NewsHour, Dr. Richard Haass discusses similarities in points made by the two candidates during the foreign policy debate.

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Why a Foreign Policy Debate Is an Anachronism

Presidential candidates should not only be asked how they will deal with foreign policy challenges but also what they would do ensure the United States is positioned to meet them, says Richard N. Haass in this Politico op-ed.

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Obama Speaks at UN General Assembly

Dr. Richard Haass talks about President Obama's speech at the UN General Assembly, anti-American protests throughout the Arab world, and the Obama administration's foreign policy, on the PBS NewsHour.

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U.S. Consulate in Libya Attacked

Dr. Richard Haass discusses the killing in Libya of four Americans including Ambassador Chris Stevens, as well as the ongoing anti-American protests throughout the Middle East, on MSNBC's Morning Joe.

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11th Anniversary of 9/11

On MSNBCS's Morning Joe, Dr. Richard Haass discusses counterterrorism efforts and the fight against Al-Qaeda over the the last eleven years.

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Syria, Afghanistan, and China

On MSNBC's Morning Joe, Dr. Richard Haass discusses the potential fall of Assad, preparations that should be made ahead of the end of his regime, and, if necessary, the ramifications of intervention in Syria. He also comments on U.S. strategy for Afghanistan and American troops serving there, as well as Chinese politics and outlook for regime change.

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Syria's Chemical Weapons

On MSNBC's Morning Joe, Dr. Richard Haass talks about the ramifications of the Assad regime's potential use of chemical weapons.

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Update on Syria

Dr. Richard Haass appears on Charlie Rose discussing the recent violence in Syria.

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The Politics of Compromise

Dr. Richard Haass talks about partisanship and tax policy in Washington, on MSNBC's Morning Joe.

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Lack of Skilled Employees Hurting Manufacturing

In this USA Today op-ed, Richard Haass and Klaus Kleinfeld argue, "If the United States is to remain economically competitive, it must do a better job educating its children."

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Outcome of Elections in Egypt

Dr. Richard Haass discusses power struggles--between the military and Muslim Brotherhood--in Egypt on MSNBC's Morning Joe.

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Escalating Violence in Syria

Dr. Richard Haass explains that there is no potential for diplomacy in Syria and that international intervention is not feasible, on MSNBC's Morning Joe.

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China's Woes

In light of the Chen GuangCheng arrival in the United States, Dr. Richard Haass discusses China's outlook on MSNBC's Morning Joe.

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The China Challenge

Dr. Richard Haass discusses necessary restructuring of China's economy in light of imminent political change on CNBC's Squawk Box.

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What Should Be Done in Syria?

On the PBS Newshour, Dr. Richard Haass speaks about the ramifications of international intervention in Syria.

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Iran's Nuclear Ambitions

On MSNBC's Morning Joe, Dr. Richard Haass discusses his Wall Street Journal op-ed, coauthored by Michael A. Levi, on why and how the United States should negotiate with Iran over its nuclear program.

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Uprisings in Syria, Iran's Nuclear Ambitions

On MSNBC's Morning Joe, Dr. Richard Haass discusses the implications of arming the Syrian opposition, as well as the Arab League's resolution against the Syrian regime and Iran's nuclear ambitions.

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Hot Topics at Davos

From the World Economic Forum in Davos, Dr. Richard Haass talks about the global economy and the eurozone crisis on MSNBC's Morning Joe.

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Davos Talking Points

Dr. Richard Haass previews the geopolitical landscape ahead of the 2012 World Economic Forum on CNBC's Closing Bell.

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U.S. Policy Toward Iran

Dr. Richard Haass discusses Iran's nuclear advance and potential for political change on MSNBC's Morning Joe.

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President Obama's New Defense Strategy

Dr. Richard Haass discusses the Obama administration's new defense strategy, which looks beyond the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and focuses on Asian security risks, on MSNBC's Morning Joe.

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The Death of Kim Jong-Il

Dr. Richard Haass discusses the late North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il on MSNBC's Morning Joe.

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