Dr. Richard Haass, Director of Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., was a speaker at the first annual Harry and Bernice Gockel International Symposium in April, 1997. So popular was he, that by repeated requests from those present that evening, he returned for this year's Symposium.
Since last year, his book The Reluctant Sheriff: The United States After the Cold War has been published. The New York Times called it "thought-provoking" and analyzed it in depth. Dr. Haass, in the book, is deeply concerned that "there is less interest in and consensus over foreign policy than at any time in the past half-century." He says clearly: "What the United States does and does not do can help determine history." His previous book was Intervention: The Use of American Military Force in the Post-Cold War World and was selected by Choice Magazine as one of the outstanding academic books of 1995. A previous book is The Power to Persuade, which was described by Tom Peters, co-author of In Search of Excellence, as "an extraordinarily thoughtful examination of personal success and failure in the public sector and a 'how to' guide of the first order." The book has been described by reviewers as "a business bible" on how to perform more effectively whenever persuasion, rather than direct command, is the rule.
Dr. Haass has extensive government experience. From 1989 to 1993 he was special assistant to President George 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 the development and articulation of U.S. foreign policy after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. Previously he served in various posts in the Departments of State and Defense and was a legislative aide in the U.S. Senate.
Haass has also been the Director of National Security Programs and a senior fellow of the Council of Foreign Relations, 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 Kennedy School of Government, and a research associate at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He also has consulted for numerous governmental agencies and corporations.
A Rhodes scholar, Richard Haass holds a B.A. from Oberlin College and both the master's and doctor of philosophy degrees from Oxford University. He is also the author of Conflicts Unending: The United States and Regional Disputes (1990), Beyond the I.N.F. Treaty: Arms, Arms Control and the Atlantic Alliance (1988), and Congressional Power: Implications for American Security Policy (1979) as well as co-editor of Superpower Arms Control: Setting the Record Straight (1987). He is the author of numerous shorter pieces on international affairs.
Dr. Haass resides in the Washington, D.C., area with his wife and two children.