The White House indicated that U.S. forces will withdraw from northern Syria in advance of an expected incursion of Turkish forces in the region that could spark fighting with U.S.-backed Kurds.
Richard N. HaassThis decision fails on moral and strategic grounds. It will reinforce already growing doubts about US reliability, jeopardize the Kurds who have been a valuable partner, create new space for terrorists, and reward Turkey, anything but an ally in practice.
The two parties represent radically different slices of the American economy.
Richard N. HaassThis slideshow goes a long ways towards explaining why consensus is so elusive in the US, as increasingly Dems and Reps are divided by wealth, education, old vs new economy, and geography. Finding common ground/brokering compromise will get even harder.
The move, expected Wednesday, would strip California of its special authority to set tougher rules on car emissions.
Richard N. HaassI am old enough to remember when one thing that made someone qualify as a conservative was an embrace of states rights. Highlights reality that today’s Republican Party under the influence of @realDonaldTrump is no longer conservative.
Sovereignty entails obligations as well as rights, and where compliance cannot be induced, pressure must be applied. And though positive incentives to encourage and enable compliance would be preferable, Brazil's government is showing that there...
Richard N. HaassDeforestation contributes to climate change, which affects us all. Brazil should be viewed as the Amazon’s custodian, not its owner, and if it continues to fail to act responsibly, it should be penalized until it does. My latest from @ProSyn.
Richard N. Haass.@realDonaldTrump appears ready to embrace diplomacy with China, Iran, Afghanistan, and N Korea...something that explains why he and John Bolton fell out and suggests why the new NSA should focus on producing sound detailed negotiating proposals
President Trump on Wednesday ripped his ex-national security adviser John Bolton, calling him “Mr. Tough Guy” and asserting that he’d damaged Trump’s effort to cut a nuke deal with Kim Jong U…
Richard N. HaassCall me madcap, but i dont think these statements by @realDonaldTrump will encourage John Bolton to follow Jim Mattis’s lead and adopt a “devoir de reserve” when it comes to holding back criticism of his former employer.
Beijing’s halting response to the protests in Hong Kong has raised questions about President Xi Jinping’s imperious style and authoritarian policies.
Richard N. HaassArguably the most important story of the day. The stakes in Hong Kong are great both for China and for its now dominant leader, who stands to lose the most if HK spins out of control and/or leads to a massive armed intervention to suppress dissent.
Lost foreign markets, retaliation, higher prices, falling investment. Where’s the upside?
Richard N. HaassDrop the mic takedown of @realDonaldTrump trade policy by former USTR Bob Zoellick. Hard to escape the irony that the Potus’s protectionist policy has emerged as the greatest threat to his own “the economy is booming” re-election argument.
General Mattis discusses his lessons learned in leadership over the course of his military and government career.
Richard N. HaassMy conversation @CFR_org with former Sec of Defense and Centcom Cinc James Mattis. In his new book “Call Sign Chaos” he is careful in what he says about @realDonaldTrump, but quite explicit in his criticisms of the Bush 43 and Obama foreign policies.
A group of renegade Tory lawmakers — who only months ago were holding the reins of power — are trying to thwart Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plans for Brexit.
Richard N. HaassWatching the UK parliament, hard not to be struck by how robust its democracy seems, w politicians refusing to be enablers but instead putting principle before party, trying to stop a PM who is violating political norms & endangering the country’s future.
President Jair Bolsonaro suggested that President Emmanuel Macron’s real motive behind the offer, made at the Group of 7 summit, was to shield France’s agriculture from Brazilian competition.
Richard N. HaassBrazil’s stance is unacceptable. We dont allow governments that harbor terrorists to do so w/o penalty; why allow govts that harm us by irresponsible policy causing climate change to do so w/o penalty? With sovereignty comes obligations as well as rights.
The move is likely to alarm the United States, which pushed for the arrangement in part to ensure that North Korea’s missile activity is closely tracked.
Richard N. HaassThe accelerating deterioration in relations between 2 major US allies, S Korea and Japan, will make it much harder to coordinate policy on China, NK, and trade. Healing this rift (rather than opening one up w Denmark) ought to be a priority for the POTUS.
A collection of articles from the September/October 2019 issue of Foreign Affairs, including in-depth analysis, commentary, and book reviews from experts in domestic and foreign policy.
Richard N. HaassIt may not be beach reading-closer to “On the Beach” reading if you are old enough for the reference-but the new issue of Foreign Affairs is as good as it gets, with strong pieces on the autocrats, nukes, Iraq, china, India, trade, allies, & demography.
After nearly two decades of sacrifice, the US is looking for a way out of Afghanistan, and Pakistan, which has provided a sanctuary to the Taliban, is seen as critical to America’s ability to withdraw its troops without enabling the group to...
The Trump administration has taken a hands-off approach to conflicts — from Kashmir to Hong Kong to the rivalry between Japan and South Korea — as Asian officials escalate the battles.
Richard N. HaassSomeone needs to remind the Potus & sec of state that diplomacy is a tool of national security-and that ignoring it will bring about a world of diminished US influence, greater conflict, less freedom and prosperity, and increased demands on the US military
The central government has steadily chipped away at the city's treaty-protected autonomy.
Richard N. HaassMy take for @axios on the situation in Hong Kong-including the background, stakes, and why it is not simply an internal matter for China-as well as what the US should be saying & doing (as opposed to what the Trump administration is saying & doing)
Democrats are highly critical of NAFTA and China, but they will have a hard time taking a tougher line than Mr. Trump has as president.
Richard N. HaassOne could be forgiven for thinking the challenge is how to be smarter on trade: have congress reclaim authorities transferred to executive; enter TPP to challenge China; strengthen WTO; do more to retrain workers; avoid tariffs that overall cost jobs.
President Trump cracked jokes about the Equinox scandal, the old days of rent-controlled New York and his dealings with North and South Korea among deep-pocketed pals in the Hamptons on Friday. Tru…
Richard N. HaassThese comments attributed to @realDonaldTrump are crude, naive re N. Korea (whose leader sends nice letters as he builds nuclear weapons) and counter-productive (as will exacerbate concerns in Seoul & Tokyo re US reliability & reduce US influence).
President Trump named Joseph Maguire, currently director of the National Counterterrorism Center, as acting director of national intelligence.
Richard N. HaassSue Gordon’s resignation highlights that @realDonaldTrump sees loyalty in personal terms whereas professionals see it in terms of fidelity to the truth/institutions. The deep state is becoming the shallow state as careerists depart or are bypassed
Trade and currency mistakes are eroding economic growth.
Richard N. HaassThe word “dilemma” is overused, but @realDonaldTrump has one on his hands. A strong economy is his main political asset, but he wants to appear tough on trade, & it his trade policies that are causing lower US economic growth. Something has to give