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Richard N. Haass

Richard N. Haass is President of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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America and the world in transition

In less than two months, the American political transition will be over. The 45th president of the United States will settle into the Oval Office. President-elect Donald Trump will become President Trump; President Barack Obama will join Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W.

November 24, 2016

America after the election

The ongoing presidential campaign in the United States stands out for its lack of civility and the vast differences between the candidates: The anti-establishment businessman Donald Trump on the Republican side and the polished politician Hillary Clinton representing the Democrats.

October 26, 2016

Refugee problem in New York

Every September, many of the world’s presidents, prime ministers, and foreign ministers descend on New York City for a few days.

August 16, 2016

Revisiting the Iraq War

Seven years, 12 volumes of evidence, findings, and conclusions, and one executive summary later, the Report of the Iraq Inquiry, more commonly referred to as the Chilcot Report (after its chairman, Sir John Chilcot), is available for one and all to read.

July 10, 2016

Reconciling with Sykes-Picot

This month marks the centenary of the Sykes-Picot Agreement, the secret British-French accord that launched a decade-long series of adjustments to the borders of the post-Ottoman Middle East.

May 29, 2016

State of the United States

The US presidential election is still more than half a year away, and it is impossible to know with any certainty who will be nominated to represent the major parties, much less who will be the 45th occupant of the White House.

March 27, 2016

Brexit and the special relationship

The decision whether to remain part of the European Union is obviously one for the British people and their elected representatives to make. But more than British and European interests will be affected by the outcome, so it is both legitimate and appropriate for other parties to weigh in.

February 16, 2016

Executing foreign policy

The filmmaker Woody Allen is often quoted as saying that “Showing up is 80 percent of life.” One can quibble with the percentage, but Allen’s insight is important: You have to get in the game — be a player — to have any chance of obtaining your objectives.

December 30, 2015

Managing Europe’s perfect storm

THE Chinese often point out that in their language the character for crisis and opportunity are one and the same. But, while it is indeed true that crisis and opportunity often go hand in hand, it is difficult to see much opportunity in Europe’s current circumstances.

October 06, 2015

The dangers of a nuclear Iran

It is probable that after 60 days of intense debate in Washington, DC, and conceivably Tehran, the “Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action,” (JCPOA) signed on July 14 by Iran and the UN Security Council’s five permanent members plus Germany (the P5+1), will enter into force.

July 16, 2015