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Richard N. Haass

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

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Should Brazil be punished for fanning climate change?

Nearly everyone has seen the dramatic images of the Amazon ablaze. Tens of thousands of fires — intentionally started or caused by logging, farming, mining and other human activities — have broken out over the past year alone.

September 15, 2019

Asia’s future less rosy than it appears

History at any moment can be understood as a snapshot, telling us where we are; or as a moving picture, telling us not just where we are but where we have been and where we may be headed. It is a distinction with an enormous difference.

July 18, 2019

Picking up the pieces after failed Hanoi summit




US President Donald Trump with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during a break in talks at the summit in Hanoi. (AFP)

March 17, 2019

Why the US may need to scale back its ambitions in Afghanistan




US troops in Afghanistan. (AFP/File)

January 16, 2019

Why the stakes are high as Trump goes to Beijing

US President Donald Trump is spending nearly two weeks in Asia, visiting Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Putting China at the center of the trip makes sense, because it is the most important in both strategic and economic terms.

November 09, 2017

The end of Asia’s strategic miracle?

It is too soon to know whether and how the challenge posed by North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs will be resolved. But it is not too early to consider what that challenge could mean for a part of the world that has in many ways defied history.

August 16, 2017

Ten lessons from North Korea’s nuclear program

North Korea has produced a number of nuclear warheads and is developing ballistic missiles capable of delivering them around the world. Many governments are debating how to prevent or slow further advances in North Korea’s capacity and what should be done if such efforts fail.

July 25, 2017

The second year of Europe

More than four decades ago, US National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger declared 1973 to be “The Year of Europe.” His aim was to highlight the need to modernize the Atlantic relationship and, more specifically, the need for America’s European allies to do more with the US in the Middle East and

April 18, 2017