Richard N. Haass, Foreign Affairs

Richard N. Haass

Foreign Affairs

New York, NY, United States

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Past articles by Richard:

The Pandemic Will Accelerate History Rather Than Reshape It

The world following the coronavirus pandemic is unlikely to be radically different from the one that preceded it. → Read More

At War With a Virus by Richard N. Haass

While war should normally be a policy of last resort, not confronting a determined enemy that poses an imminent threat can be deadly. Putting off the decision to go on the offensive against COVID-19 – treating a war of necessity as a war of choice – has proved extraordinarily costly in terms of lives lost and economic destruction. → Read More

The Amazon and You by Richard N. Haass

Sovereignty entails obligations as well as rights, and where compliance cannot be induced, pressure must be applied. And though positive incentives to encourage and enable compliance would be preferable, Brazil's government is showing that there must be sticks where carrots are not enough. → Read More

Tilting at More than Windmills in South Asia by Richard N. Haass

After nearly two decades of sacrifice, the US is looking for a way out of Afghanistan, and Pakistan, which has provided a sanctuary to the Taliban, is seen as critical to America’s ability to withdraw its troops without enabling the group to overthrow the Afghan government. But the US cannot afford to alienate India. → Read More

Asia’s Scary Movie by Richard N. Haass

A snapshot of Asia would show a region at peace, with stable societies, growing economies, and robust alliances. But, if we view history as a moving picture, we may well come to look back on this moment as the time in which the most economically successful part of the world began to come apart. → Read More

Taking on Tehran by Richard N. Haass

Forty years after the revolution that ousted the Shah, Iran’s unique political-religious system and government appears strong enough to withstand US pressure and to ride out the country's current economic difficulties. So how should the US minimize the risks to the region posed by the regime? → Read More

Looking Back at 100 by Richard N. Haass

Three themes have dominated the author's analysis of global affairs in his previous 99 Project Syndicate commentaries. All of them – Middle East turmoil, the rise of China, and the dissolution of the post-World War II and post-Cold War order – are certain to figure prominently in the next hundred. → Read More

The Structure of a Diplomatic Revolution by Richard N. Haass

As Israeli politics has shifted rightward, assumptions that underpinned a half-century of Middle East policy have been invalidated. It is time for a paradigm shift in how we think about the Middle East, not because a better diplomatic model has presented itself (it has not), but because the current paradigm is increasingly at odds with reality. → Read More

Picking Up the Pieces After Hanoi by Richard N. Haass

The collapse of last month's summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was perhaps the inevitable result of a process in which the two leaders dominated, optimistic about their personal relationship and confident in their abilities. The question is what to do now. → Read More

The Looming Taiwan Crisis by Richard N. Haass

For many years, US policymakers worried that Taiwan would upset the apple cart: not content with the mere trappings of independence, it would opt for the real thing – an unacceptable outcome for the mainland. Now, however, the balancing act is threatened by both China and the US. → Read More

Agonizing over Afghanistan by Richard N. Haass

The Taliban have concluded that it is only a matter of time before the United States grows weary of stationing troops in a far-off country and spending $45 billion a year on a war that cannot be won. They may well be right. → Read More

Europe in Disarray by Richard N. Haass

In what by historical standards constitutes an instant, the future of democracy, prosperity, and peace in Europe has become uncertain. And with the US under President Donald Trump treating its allies like enemies, the continent must confront the growing threats it faces largely on its own. → Read More

How a World Order Ends

Just because the international order is in decline does not mean that chaos or calamity is inevitable. But if the deterioration is managed poorly, catastrophe could well follow. → Read More

The World George H.W. Bush Made by Richard N. Haass

What happens in this world is the result of what people choose to do and choose not to do when presented with challenges and opportunities. The 41st US president didn't always make the right choices, but his administration’s foreign policy record compares favorably with that of any other modern leader. → Read More

The Inconvenient Truth About Saudi Arabia by Richard N. Haass

Following the massacre of protesting students in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 1989, US President George H.W. Bush’s administration limited its sanctions and kept lines of communication open, owing to China's strategic importance. Would a similar policy toward Saudi Arabia prove viable? → Read More

Defining Diplomacy Down by Richard N. Haass

Neither South Korea nor the US is anxious to demand from North Korea a full accounting of all its nuclear materials and weapons. But without that, real denuclearization cannot be carried out and verified. → Read More

What the Crisis in Venezuela Reveals by Richard N. Haass

With inflation skyrocketing, infrastructure crumbling, crime running rampant, and hunger spreading, Venezuela's situation is bleak, and shows no signs of improving. The question for the rest of the world is how bad conditions should be allowed to get before intervening. → Read More

The West Must Face Reality in Turkey by Richard N. Haass

Turkey's currency crisis and standoff with the United States over the imprisonment of an American pastor have exposed the crumbling edifice of the two countries' Cold War-era partnership. Rather than hold out hope that Turkey will return to the Western fold, US and European policymakers must consider a new policy toward the country. → Read More

Summing up the Trump Summits by Richard N. Haass

Traditionally, one-on-one meetings between government leaders are scheduled only after months, or even years, of careful preparation by lower-ranking officials have narrowed or eliminated disagreements. By turning this sequence around, Donald Trump is fueling, rather than mitigating, global uncertainty. → Read More

The Singapore Summit’s Uncertain Legacy by Richard N. Haass

Donald Trump’s depiction of his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as a great success that solved the nuclear problem could make it tougher to maintain international support for the economic sanctions that are still needed to pressure Kim. Weakening the prospect of achieving one's goals is not the mark of a strong negotiator. → Read More