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Richard N. Haass (1951-) is an American political scientist, currently the President of the Council on Foreign Relations, a position he assumed in 2003. [1]. He was Director of the Policy Planning Staff of the U.S. Department of State in the first term of the George W. Bush Administration, as well as U.S. coordinator for policy toward the future of Afghanistan and U.S. envoy to the Northern Ireland peace process, with the rank of Ambassador. In the George H. W. Bush Administration, he served on the National Security Council staff. Between the Bush administrations, he was vice president and director of foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution

He has also been 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.

In 2009, after writing a number of other books, he wrote War of Necessity, War of Choice, contrasting his experience with two wars, under two Bushes, with one Iraq. He is one of the relatively few individuals to have been privy to the decisionmaking in both.[2]

George W. Bush Administration

Brookings Institution

George H.W. Bush Administration

During the Bush 41 administration, he was the senior director for Middle East affairs on the staff of the National Security Council, as well as a special assistant to the President. He reported to Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs Brent Scowcroft.

Education and early career

After his initial Pentagon experience, he moved to the U.S. Department of State for almost five years, in the Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs and the Bureau of European Affairs, with involvement at the edges of the Iran-Contra Affair. He then moved to the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

By 1979, he was in the U.S. Department of Defense, developing contingency plans for the Persian Gulf.

In 1974, while still a graduate student, he served a summer internship in the office of U.S. Senator Claiborne Pell] (D-Rhode Island), a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. His assignment was to develop the initial budget justification for a U.S. base at Diego Garcia. After graduation, he became a researcher at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, working on arms control.[3]

  • Rhodes Scholar
  • BA from Oberlin College
  • Master and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Oxford University
  • Honorary doctorates from Hamilton College, Franklin & Marshall College, Georgetown University, and Oberlin College.


  1. Richard N. Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations, Council on Foreign Relations
  2. Richard N. Haass (2009), War of Necessity, War of Choice: A Memoir of Two Iraq Wars, Simon & Schuster, ISBN 9781416549024, pp. 15-16
  3. Haass, War of Necessity, pp. 13-14