Richard N. Haass is president of the Council on Foreign Relations, this<br />
country's preeminent independent, nonpartisan institution devoted to<br />
thinking about America's role in the world. Haass was director of policy<br />
planning for the Department of State, where he was a principal advisor to<br />
Secretary of State Colin Powell from 2001 to 2003, as well as special<br />
assistant to President George H. W. Bush and senior director on the staff<br />
of the National Security Council from 1989 to 1993.