United States President, Council on Foreign Relations
Areas of Expertise
Richard Haass is the president of the Council on Foreign Relations. He has been a member of the Inter-American Dialogue since 2004.
In 2013, Haass served as the chair of the multi-party 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, Haass was director of policy planning at the US Department of State, where he was a principal adviser to Secretary Colin Powell. Confirmed by the US Senate to hold the rank of ambassador, Haass also served as US coordinator for policy toward the future of Afghanistan and US envoy to the Northern Ireland peace process. In recognition of his service, he received the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award.
Haass has extensive additional government experience. From 1989 to 1993, he was special assistant to President George H.W. Bush and senior director for Near East and South Asian affairs on the staff of the National Security Council. In 1991, he was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal for his contributions to the development and articulation of US policy during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Previously, he served in the Departments of State (1981-85) and Defense (1979-80) and was a legislative aide in the US Senate.
Haass has been vice president and director of foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution, the Sol M. Linowitz visiting professor of international studies at Hamilton College, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a lecturer in public policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a research associate at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. A Rhodes scholar, Haass holds a BA from Oberlin College and Master and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Oxford University. He has received numerous honorary degrees.
Haass is the author or editor of twelve books on American foreign policy and one book on management. His most recent works are Foreign Policy Begins at Home: The Case for Putting America’s House in Order, and War of Necessity, War of Choice: A Memoir of Two Iraq Wars.