Fri, 31 March 2017
It's a small victory for me as the interviewer when the person with whom I'm speaking admits that he is probably being overly candid -- as Richard Haas did when he discussed some of his reasons for leaving the George W. Bush state department over the Iraq war.
Richard Haass, of course, is President of the Council on Foreign Relations (but I'm guessing you savvy listeners already knew that.) His newest book is A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order which we discuss at the top of the episode.
I caught up with Richard just a couple hours after he finished interviewing UN Ambassador Nikki Haley on stage at CFR in New York. We kick off discussing the Trump administration's approach to the UN before having a conversation about his newest book and a good talk about his life and career. He opens up about the influence of his conservative father, striking a friendship with Colin Powell early in his career, and navigating the DC foreign policy bureaucracy before landing at CFR.
I was thrilled to speak with him--he's someone that if you are listening to this podcast has probably had some amount of influence on how you see the world. He's certainly been a fixture for me--he became president of CFR in 2003, just as I started my own career in foreign policy. Have a listen!
Become a premium subscriber to unlock bonus episodes, earn other rewards, and support the show!
Bonus episodes for premium subscribers include:
#1: International Relations Theory, explained.
#2: A Brief History of Nuclear Non-proliferation
#3: A Brief History of NATO
#4: The Syrian Civil War, explained. (Well, sort of -- it's complicated!)
#5: Meet the Kim family of North Korea (Coming soon!)
#6: The Sustainable Development Goals, explained (Coming soon!)
#7: The Six Day War, Explained. (Coming soon!)
This is about two and a half hours for your listening pleasure. With more on the way. If there's a topic you want me to explore, please send me an email!