Dr. Richard Haass is president of the Council on Foreign Relations, a position he has held since 2003.

From 2001 to  2003, Haass was director of policy planning for the United States Department of State, where he was a principal adviser to Secretary of State Colin Powell. Haass also served as U.S. coordinator for policy toward the future of Afghanistan and U.S. envoy to the Northern Ireland peace process. 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. Haass also served in the Department of State from 1981 to 1985, the Department of Defense from 1979 to 1980, and was a legislative aide in the U.S. Senate.

Haass also was 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.

Haass has written 12 books, including The Opportunity; War of Necessity, War of Choice; and Foreign Policy Begins at Home: The Case for Putting America's House in Order.

Haass is the recipient of State Department's Distinguished Honor Award for his work in Afghanistan and Northern Irleand and the Presidential Citizens Medal for his contributions to the development and articulation of U.S. policy during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

Last Updated: August 1, 2017