This week on our Masters in Business podcast, we speak with Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Given all of the recent events overseas, this conversation on everything from Terrorism to Trade to Immigration to Brexit could not possibly be more timely.
After graduating Oberlin College with a BA in 1973, and getting his MA + PhD Oxford University, Dr. Haass served as a legislative aide in the U.S. Senate before being recruited by the Departments of Defense (1979-80) and Department of State (1981-85). From 1989 to 1993, he was special assistant to President George H.W. Bush Senior, and senior director for Near East and South Asian affairs for the National Security Council.(He was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal for his contributions to the development of U.S. policy during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1991). From 2001 to June 2003, Dr. Haass was director of policy planning for the Department of State, where he was a principal advisor to Secretary of State Colin Powell.
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.
Haass was one of the few people in the George W. Bush administration who was against the 2003 invasion of Iraq. He spoke out forcefully to his bosses as to the potential folly of using limited resources to achieve ill-defined goals. This stood in stark contrast to “The Powell Doctrine” which was to 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.