This week on our Masters in Business podcast, we speak with Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations.
This conversation covered everything from Terrorism to Trade to Immigration to Brexit, and given all of the recent events overseas, could not ossibly be more timely.
Haass, who has a B.A. from Oberlin College and an M.A. + Ph.D. from Oxford University, was recruited by the Departments of Defense (1979-80) and Department of State (1981-85) directly from his role as legislative aide in the U.S. Senate. He is the author of 12 books, including the upcoming: A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order, out in January 2017, and previously, The Reluctant Sheriff: The United States After the Cold War. He was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal for his contributions to the development of U.S. policy during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
We discuss what it was like being one of the few people in the George W. Bush administration who was against the 2003 invasion of Iraq. He describes speaking out forcefully to his bosses as to the potential folly of using “limited resources to achieve broadly defined goals.” He notes this was in stark contrast to what became known as the “Powell Doctrine” – the use overwhelming resources to obtain narrowly defined goals.
We also discussed the importance of trade to the US economy, why people fear globalization.
Next week we speak with Jack Schwager, author of the seminal Market Wizards books.