We have a new President and foreign policy is moving to be front and center of his agenda. The Middle East is already in chaos, Asia is threatened by China’s rise and a reckless North Korea, and Europe, for decades the world’s most stable region, is now anything but. What is the impact of the populist movements seen in the election of Donald Trump and the unexpected vote for “Brexit? What happens as nations reject important aspects of globalization, including borders open to trade and immigrants?
Haass will discuss these trends and the possible effects of our new leadership. Haass may also explain why the United States needs greater unity between the country’s politicians and it’s citizens to ensure its global security and prosperity.
ABOUT OUR SPEAKERS:
President, Council on Foreign Relations
Richard Haass is at the apex of expertise and leadership on foreign affairs and national security as President of the Council on Foreign Relations – a position he has held for fourteen years. Until 2003, Dr. Richard Haass was director of policy planning for the Department of State, where he was a principal adviser to Secretary of State Colin Powell on a broad range of foreign policy concerns. Confirmed by the U.S. Senate to hold the rank of ambassador, Dr. Haass served as U.S. coordinator for policy toward the future of Afghanistan and was the U.S. envoy to the Northern Ireland peace process.
He was also 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 from 1989 to 1993. Until 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 on a broad range of foreign policy concerns.
Founder and CEO, 32 Advisors
HOST & MODERATOR
Robert Wolf is Founder and CEO of 32 Advisors, a boutique consulting firm that serves public and private companies, private equity firms, governments and other institutions. He formerly served as the President and CEO of UBS Investment Bank. In 2013, Worth Magazine named Mr. Wolf one of the top 100 Most Powerful People in Finance.
In addition to these roles, Mr. Wolf was appointed by President Obama as member of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness in 2011. He has also served on the President’s Export Council, the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board, and the Homeland Security Border Infrastructure Task Force. He holds a BA in economics from the Wharton School.
RECEPTION AND CONVERSATION: Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Haass argues for an updated global operating system—call it world order 2.0—that reflects the reality that power is widely distributed. What should this new order look like? How should the U.S. should act towards China and Russia, as well as in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. What should we do to address our dysfunctional politics, mounting debt, and the lack of agreement on the nature of its relationship with the world?
Haass will discuss these important foreign policy issues and offer an argument for why the United States cannot be a force for global stability and prosperity without greater unity between the country’s politicians and it’s citizens.
ABOUT HAASS’S NEW BOOK, World in Disarray:
“Practical and provocative: a book that sets the policy table.”
—Robert M. Gates, Secretary of Defense
“A wise and engaging voice, Haass is always worth listening to—now more than ever.”
—Jon Meacham, Executive Vice President, Random House