Richard Haass, Project Syndicate

Richard Haass

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Past articles by Richard:

The World’s Stake in American Democracy

Richard Haass argues that global stability and prosperity still depend on US resources and leadership. → Read More

We Need a National Civics Requirement

We’re failing to teach what it means to be American. → Read More

From War of Choice to War of Perseverance by Richard Haass

Richard Haass sees little chance of peace in Ukraine soon, because Vladimir Putin is out to make a point, not make a deal. → Read More

A World of Mounting Disarray by Richard Haass

Richard Haass surveys an increasingly messy geopolitical landscape defined by several dangerous – and worsening – trends. → Read More

The Taiwan Triangle by Richard Haass

The goal of US policy toward the island should be to reduce uncertainty about America’s intentions and its ability to make good on them, while underscoring to Chinese leaders the economic and military costs of aggression. As much as China’s leaders want Taiwan, they also want to maintain power and the Communist Party’s political monopoly. → Read More

America’s Withdrawal of Choice by Richard Haass

The swift fall of Kabul recalls the ignominious fall of Saigon in 1975. Beyond the local consequences – widespread reprisals, harsh repression of women and girls, and massive refugee flows – America’s strategic and moral failure in Afghanistan will reinforce questions about US reliability among friends and foes alike. → Read More

Globalization Strikes Back by Richard Haass

The still-raging pandemic and climate-related disasters worldwide demonstrate the woeful inadequacy of efforts to address the problematic aspects of globalization. The so-called international community has again shown itself to be anything but a community. → Read More

The Case Against a New Concert of Powers

Experts respond to Richard N. Haass and Charles A. Kupchan’s article "The New Concert of Powers." → Read More

Biden’s First Hundred Days by Richard N. Haass

Former President Donald Trump's attacks on free trade and immigration, narrow “America First” view of the world, and bias toward retrenchment have become part of the US political fabric. As Joe Biden's first hundred days in office have shown, the one thing American presidents cannot control is the context in which they operate. → Read More

The New Concert of Powers

A great-power steering group is the best option for managing an integrated world no longer overseen by a hegemon. A global concert fits the bill. → Read More

Learning from Rabin by Richard Haass

The assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin 25 years ago by a right-wing Jewish extremist almost certainly was a turning point in the Middle East. A quarter-century later, Rabin's goal of a separate Palestinian state remains the only option that can ensure Israel's future as both Jewish and democratic. → Read More

To the Brink with China by Richard Haass

The chances of a Sino-American cold war are far higher today than they were just months ago. Even worse, the chances of an actual war, resulting from an incident involving the countries’ militaries, are also greater. → Read More

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