Richard Haass is president of the Council on Foreign Relations. From 2001 to 2003, Haass was director of policy planning for the Department of State, US coordinator for policy toward the future of Afghanistan, and US envoy to the Northern Ireland peace process. From 1989 to 1993, he was special assistant to President George H.W. Bush and senior director for Near East and South Asian affairs on the staff of the National Security Council. Haass is the author or editor of 13 books.