Dr. Richard Haass is a veteran diplomat and influential voice on American foreign policy. He serves as president of the Council on Foreign Relations, the preeminent independent, nonpartisan organization in the United States devoted to issues of foreign policy and international relations.
He served as the senior Middle East advisor to President George H.W. Bush, the State Department’s director of policy planning under Secretary of State Colin Powell, and in various positions in the Defense and State departments during the Carter and Reagan administrations.
Dr. Haass is the recipient of the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award, the Presidential Citizens Medal, and the Tipperary International Peace Award. A Rhodes Scholar, he holds masters and doctorate degrees in philosophy from Oxford University.