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Tuesday 7 July 2020


Dr. Richard N. Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations

In conversation with James Manyika on The World: A Brief Introduction

James Manyika, Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company, will be interviewing Sir Richard Haass about his latest book, The World: A Brief Introduction, a New York Times bestseller. The book provides anyone, expert and non-expert alike, with the essential background and building blocks they need to make sense of the global era we live in, in which what happens thousands of miles away can affect our lives.

Dr. Richard N. Haass

Dr. Haass is a veteran diplomat, a prominent voice on American foreign policy, an established leader of nonprofit institutions and has been President of the Council on Foreign Relations for the past 17 years. From January 2001 to June 2003, Dr. Haass was Director of Policy Planning for the Department of State 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.

A Rhodes Scholar, Dr. Haass holds a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College and master’s and doctorate of philosophy degrees from Oxford University. He is the author or editor of fourteen books on American foreign policy and one book on management.

James Manyika

James Manyika is Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company, Chairman of the McKinsey Global Institute and a member of McKinsey’s Board of Directors. He was appointed by President Obama as Vice Chair of the Global Development Council at the White House (2012–present), and by US secretaries of commerce to the Digital Economy Board of Advisors (2016) and the National Innovation Advisory Board (2011). He serves on several other boards, including the Council on Foreign Relations, Aspen Institute, and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. He is a non-resident Senior Fellow of Brookings Institution and a Fellow of DeepMind and the Royal Society of Arts.

A Rhodes Scholar, he holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering from University of Zimbabwe, and an MSc, MA and DPhil from Oxford University in Robotics, Computation.

"This is a critical time to understand what is taking place in the world, why it is taking place, and how it will affect our lives"

Dr. Richard N. Haass