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