Dr. Richard Haass is Director of Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution. He is also a consultant to NBC News and a contributing associate for the Forum for International Policy. His writing, consulting, and speaking focus on two broad areas: contemporary American foreign policy and the development of leadership and management skills.
Richard Haass has extensive govenment 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. 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.
Dr. Haass also has been the Director of National Security Programs and a senior fellow of the Council on 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 has also consulted for numerous government agencies and corporations. A Rhodes Scholar, Dr. Haass holds a B.A. degree from Oberlin College and both the Master and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Oxford University.
Richard Haass is the author of several books. His most recent, Intervention: The Use of American Military Force in the Post-Cold War World, was selected by Choice magazine as one of the outstanding academic books of 1995. His other books include The Power to Persuade: How to Be Effective in Any 'Unruly' Organization; Conflicts Unending: The United States and Regional Disputes; Beyond the INF Treaty: Arms, Arms Control and the Atlantic Alliance; and Congressional Power: Implications for American Security Policy. He is also co-editor of Superpower Arms Control: Setting the Record Straight.
Dr. Haass was born in Brooklyn in 1951. He lives in the Washington, D.C., area with his wife and two children.