Richard Haass is a U.S. diplomat, author, and former president of the Council on Foreign Relations. Before joining the Council in 2003, Haass was Director of Policy Planning for the Department of State, where he was a principal adviser to Secretary of State Colin Powell. A confirmed ambassador by the U.S. Senate, Haass also served as U.S. Coordinator for the Future of Afghanistan, US envoy to the Northern Ireland peace process, and 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. In 1991, Haass was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal for his contributions to US policy during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
Haass has also been a 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. A Rhodes scholar, Haass holds a BA from Oberlin College (1973) and a master’s and doctorate from Oxford University. Haass is also the author of several books, including The Bill of Obligations: The Ten Habits of Good Citizens, a New York Times best-seller about American citizenship in the 21st century.