25 February 2020

Richard N. Haass

President of the Council on Foreign Relations
  • Like many of his predecessors, Russian President Vladimir Putin viewed the US-dominated world order as a threat to his rule and to what he regarded as his country’s rightful place in the world. Photo: Reuters

    Cold War II

    - Feb 26, 2018 10:02am
    The Cold War lasted four decades, in many ways both beginning and ending in Berlin. The good news is that it stayed cold – largely because nuclear weapons introduced a discipline missing from previous great-power rivalries...
  • Donald Trump and wife Melania board Air Force One at a US military base on the outskirts of Tokyo as they depart for Seoul on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

    Mr. Trump goes to China

    - Nov 7, 2017 9:14am
    US President Donald Trump is spending nearly two weeks in Asia, visiting Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Putting China at the center of the trip makes sense, because it constitutes the most important...
  • A newspaper featuring a picture of US President Donald Trump is seen in Tehran on Oct. 14. Trump’s decision not to certify the Iran nuclear accord has drawn much criticism both inside and outside Iran. Photo: Reuters

    The US cannot go it alone on Iran

    - Oct 16, 2017 11:50am
    US President Donald Trump has announced what was long anticipated: that he will not certify that Iran is complying with the July 2015 “Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action” (JCPOA) signed by the United States, China, Russia,...
  • Polls suggest that Hillary Clinton, a former senator and secretary of state, will defeat the controversial Donald Trump. But polls are not to be confused with reality. Photo: Reuters

    America after the election

    - Oct 26, 2016 9:15am
    The ongoing presidential campaign in the United States stands out for its lack of civility and the vast differences between the candidates: the anti-establishment businessman Donald Trump on the Republican side and the polished politician Hillary...
  • South Korean activists protest against North Korea's nuclear test earlier this month. Photo: AFP

    The coming confrontation with North Korea

    - Sep 21, 2016 4:50pm
    Imagine it is 2020. The director of the CIA requests an urgent meeting with the US president. Reason: North Korea has succeeded in making a nuclear bomb small enough to fit inside the tip of an...
  • There are now an estimated 21 million refugees in the world. The number is up sharply from just five years ago, owing primarily to chaos across the Middle East. Photo:

    Refugee problem comes to New York

    - Aug 16, 2016 10:33am
    Every September, many of the world’s presidents, prime ministers and foreign ministers descend on New York City for a few days. They come to mark the start of the annual session of the United Nations General...
  • Argentina is looking to form joint ventures with international companies to add value to its US$20 billion grain-export industry as part of a plan to expand and diversify the economy. Photo: Bloomberg

    Latin America’s moment

    - Apr 28, 2016 9:21am
    Much of the world’s attention is understandably focused on developments in the Middle East, Europe and Asia. These regions represent the vast majority of global population and wealth, their geopolitics are the most stressful (and highly...
  • A Farsi newspaper trumpets news of the nuclear deal outside a store in Los Angeles. An ever more capable Iran, not a transformed one, is likely to be a concern for the Middle East and the world in the coming years. Photo: Reuters

    What happens when the Iran nuclear deal expires?

    - Jul 15, 2015 9:49am
    It is probable that after 60 days of intense debate in Washington, D.C., and conceivably Tehran, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), signed on July 14 by Iran and the UN Security Council’s five permanent...
  • The next president of the United States will inherit a world in considerable turmoil. Photo: Internet

    Foreign policy and America’s presidential campaign

    - Jun 16, 2015 11:57am
    It is impossible to know whom American voters will choose as their next president. But it is certain that the choice will have profound consequences, for better and for worse, for the entire world. More than...