U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State
Other State Department Archive SitesU.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State
Home Issues & Press Travel & Business Countries Youth & Education Careers About State Video
 You are in: Out of Date Releases > Out of Date Biographies > H
Picture of Richard N. HaassBIOGRAPHY

Richard N. Haass
Director, Office of Policy Planning Staff
Term of Appointment: 03/09/2001 to 06/21/2003

Richard Haass is Director of Policy Planning for the Department of State. Haass, who is the twentieth person to head the Policy Planning Staff since it was established in 1947, is a principal advisor to Secretary of State Colin Powell on a broad range of foreign policy concerns. Confirmed by the U.S. Senate to hold the rank of ambassador, Haass is also the lead U.S. Government official in support of the Northern Ireland peace process and served as U.S. Coordinator for policy toward the future of Afghanistan.

Previously, Ambassador Haass was Vice President and Director of Foreign Policy Studies at The Brookings Institution. He was also a consultant for NBC News and a frequent contributor to foreign affairs journals and the op-ed pages of major newspapers. He is the author or editor of nine books on American foreign policy, including The Reluctant Sheriff: The United States after the Cold War; Economic Sanctions and American Diplomacy; and Intervention: The Use of American Military Force in the Post-Cold War World. He is also the author of one book on management: The Bureaucratic Entrepreneur: How to Be Effective in Any Unruly Organization.

Ambassador Haass has extensive prior government experience. From 1989-1993, 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 during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Previously, he served in various posts in the Departments of State (1981-85) and Defense (1979-80) and was a legislative aide in the U.S. Senate.

Ambassador Haass also has been 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 is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies. A Rhodes Scholar, Haass holds a B.A. from Oberlin College and both the Master and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Oxford University.

Richard Haass was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1951. He lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his wife and two children.



Released on April 2, 2002

  Back to top

U.S. Department of State
USA.govU.S. Department of StateUpdates  |   Frequent Questions  |   Contact Us  |   Email this Page  |   Subject Index  |   Search
The Office of Electronic Information, Bureau of Public Affairs, manages this site as a portal for information from the U.S. State Department. External links to other Internet sites should not be construed as an endorsement of the views or privacy policies contained therein.
About state.gov  |   Privacy Notice  |   FOIA  |   Copyright Information  |   Other U.S. Government Information

Published by the U.S. Department of State Website at http://www.state.gov maintained by the Bureau of Public Affairs.