Keynote Speakers

Dr. Richard Haass

President, Council on Foreign Relations

Richard Haass is in his fifteenth year as president of the Council on Foreign Relations, the preeminent independent, nonpartisan organization in the United States devoted to issues of foreign policy and international relations. He was the senior Middle East advisor to President George H.W. Bush and director of the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff, where he was a principal advisor to Colin Powell. He has also served as U.S. coordinator for policy toward the future of Afghanistan and as the U.S. envoy to both the Cyprus and Northern Ireland peace talks. A recipient of the State Department's Distinguished Honor Award, the Presidential Citizens Medal, and the Tipperary International Peace Award, Dr. Haass is also the author or editor of thirteen books on U.S. foreign policy and one book on management. His latest book is "A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order", published in 2017 by Penguin Press. A Rhodes scholar, he holds the Master and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Oxford University. He was born in Brooklyn and lives in New York.