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January 2, 2018

U.S. Foreign Policy
A World in Disarray

CFR President Richard N. Haass argues for an updated global operating system to address challenges from terrorism and the spread of nuclear weapons to climate change and cyberspace.

October 9, 2018

Donald Trump
The Corrosion of Conservatism

Max Boot recounts his extraordinary journey from lifelong Republican to vehement Trump opponent. From the isolated position of a man without a party, Boot launches this bold declaration of dissent an…

September 12, 2017

Middle East and North Africa
Realism and Democracy

A personal story of the development of U.S. human rights policy in the last forty years and an argument, both "realist" and principled, for supporting the expansion of democracy in the Middle East.

February 15, 2013

United States
Foreign Policy Begins at Home

Read an excerpt of Foreign Policy Begins at Home. The biggest threat to the United States comes not from abroad but from within. This is the unexpected message of Council on Foreign Relations Pres…

November 18, 2011

United States
American Force

While American national security policy has grown more interventionist since the Cold War, Washington has also hoped to shape the world on the cheap. Misled by the stunning success against Iraq in 19…

May 15, 2009

Iraq
War of Necessity, War of Choice

Richard N. Haass contrasts the decisions that shaped the conduct of two wars between the United States and Iraq, and writes an authoritative, personal account of how U.S. foreign policy is made, what it should seek, and how it should be pursued.

May 23, 2005

United States
The Opportunity

Read an excerpt of The Opportunity. This is a book that describes an unprecedented moment in which the United States has a chance to bring about a world where most people are safe, free, and can e…

December 1, 2001

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
Fatal Choice

A forty-year effort to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons is breaking down, and the threat that terrorist groups will acquire them is growing. In Fatal Choice, Ambassador Richard Butler argues tha…

June 1, 1999

Politics and Government
Transatlantic Tensions

Americans and Europeans are divided by more than an ocean when it comes to designing and carrying out policies toward countries that repress human rights, develop weapons of mass destruction, and/or …

December 1, 1998

International Organizations
The Bureaucratic Entrepreneur

Richard N. Haass provides clear, practical guidelines for setting goals and translating goals into results in complex, unruly organizations.