Tue, 25 August 2020

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm BST

How the World Works

Richard Haass in conversation with Matthew d’Ancona

Even if we want to ignore the world, it will not ignore us. The choice we face is how to respond. US diplomat Richard Haass is here to help us understand our interconnected planet.

Like it or not, we live in a global era, in which what happens thousands of miles away has the ability to affect our lives. This time, it is a Coronavirus known as Covid-19, which originated in a Chinese city many had never heard of but has spread to the corners of the earth. Next time it could be another infectious disease from somewhere else.

This is the new normal of the 21st century. We are connected to this world in all sorts of ways. We need to better understand it, both its promise and its threats, in order to make informed choices, be it as students, citizens, voters, parents, employees, or investors.

Richard Haass is one of the most respected American diplomats of our globalised age; serving as senior Middle East adviser to the president and US envoy to both the Cyprus and Northern Ireland peace talks. Now he joins us live from New York to explore the promises and perils of our era.

In conversation with Matthew d’Ancona, Dr Haass will draw on decades of experience at the forefront of US foreign policy to offer a masterclass in global literacy, exploring how the world works with wisdom and clarity – and helping us to make sense of the reality behind the headlines.

Praise for Richard Haass:

“This is the book that explains how the world really works, how it is changing, and why it matters. Just what every citizen and student needs to read.” – Madeleine K. Albright

“We are all being bombarded by strong views designed to conjure up emotion over sound judgement, all of which makes it very grounding to have The World. It is a great read for anyone who wants to have a sound background before deciding to retweet the latest crazy article making the rounds!” – Kal Penn

“An essential book – just what the world needs now to put things in perspective.” – Ray Dalio

This event takes place at 6:30pm British Summer Time.

Books will be shipped within two weeks after the event. If we experience any delay in getting your copy to you, we will contact you by email to let you know. Thank you for supporting a local London business, Primrose Hill Books.

Richard Haass

Author, diplomat and policymaker who was President George H. W. Bush’s senior Middle East adviser.

Dr. Richard Haass is president of the Council on Foreign Relations. An experienced diplomat and policymaker, he served as the senior Middle East adviser to President George H. W. Bush, as director of the Policy Planning Staff under Secretary of State Colin Powell, and as the U.S. envoy to both the Cyprus and Northern Ireland peace talks. A recipient of the Presidential Citizens Medal, the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award, and the Tipperary International Peace Award, he is also the author or editor of fourteen other books, including the best-selling A World in Disarray.

Matthew d’Ancona

Editor at Tortoise Media and an award-winning columnist and author.

Matthew d’Ancona is an editor at Tortoise Media and an award-winning columnist. He is a columnist for the London Evening Standard and a contributing editor at GQ. He was previously editor of the Spectator and founding editor-in-chief of Drugstore Culture. His most recent book, Post-Truth: The New War on Truth and How to Fight Back, received global acclaim. His next, Identity, Ignorance, and Innovation, is out in February 2021.