The World: a brief introduction

Hosted by the Department of International Relations

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Dr Richard Haass

Dr Richard Haass

Professor Peter Trubowitz

Professor Peter Trubowitz



Minouche Shafik

Minouche Shafik

Join Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, for a discussion about his new book, The World: A Brief Introduction, and the current state of the world - how we got here, where we're heading, and what it means for all of us. 

Richard Haass (@RichardHaass) is a veteran diplomat, a prominent voice on American foreign policy, and an established leader of nonprofit institutions. He is in his eighteenth year as president of the Council on Foreign Relations, an independent, nonpartisan membership organisation, think tank, publisher, and educational institution 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 multiparty 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 directed the policy planning staff and was a principal advisor 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.

Peter Trubowitz (@ptrubowitz) is Professor of International Relations and Director of the US Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Associate Fellow at Chatham House.

Minouche Shafik is Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to this she was Deputy Governor of the Bank of England.

You can order the book, The World: a brief introduction, (UK delivery only) from our official LSE Events independent book shop, Pages of Hackney

The Department of International Relations is one of the oldest as well as largest in the world. We are ranked 5th in the QS World University Ranking by Subject 2020 tables for Politics and International Studies.

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