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Richard N. Haass

Richard Haass
U.S. Special Envoy to Northern Ireland
In office
President George W. Bush
Preceded by George J. Mitchell
Succeeded by Mitchell B. Reiss
Personal details
Born (1951-07-28) July 28, 1951
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Citizenship United States
Spouse(s) Susan Mercandetti (m.1990)
Children 2
Residence Washington D.C. area
Alma mater Oberlin College, B.A.
Oxford University, DPhil
Religion Judaism
Military service
Awards State Department's Distinguished Service Award

Richard Nathan Haass (born July 28, 1951) is an American diplomat. He has been president of the United States Special Envoy for Northern Ireland to help the peace process in Northern Ireland, for which he received the State Department's Distinguished Service Award. At the end of 2003, Mitchell Reiss succeeded him as special envoy. In late 2013, Haass returned to Northern Ireland to chair inter-party talks aimed at addressing some of the unresolved issues from the peace process such as parades, flags and "the past".[1]


  • Life and career 1
  • Bibliography 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Life and career

Haass was born in National Security Council Senior Director for Near East and South Asian Affairs. In 1991, Haass received the Presidential Citizens Medal for helping to develop and explain U.S. policy during Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. Previously, he served in various posts in the Department of State (1981–85) and the Department of Defense (1979–80).

Haass's other postings include Vice President and Director of Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution, 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. A Rhodes Scholar, Haass obtained a B.A. from Oberlin College in 1973 and went on to earn both a Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy from Oxford University.[4]

Throughout the 2008 Presidential campaign, Haass advised several members of both the Republican Party and Democratic Party on issues regarding foreign policy, but did not publicly endorse a candidate due to the Council on Foreign Relations' non-partisan stance.[5]

In September 2013, Haass returned to Northern Ireland, with Professor Meghan O'Sullivan, to chair all party talks on flags, parades and the legacy of the Troubles, after violence flared over the removal of the union flag at Belfast City Hall. The talks broke up without reaching an agreement on December 31, 2013.[1]

Haass is the author of 12 books, of which 11 deal with matters of foreign policy and one with management. He lives in New York City with his wife, Susan Mercandetti,[6] and two children.


  • Beyond the INF Treaty (1988, ISBN 0-8191-6942-0)
  • The Power to Persuade: How to Be Effective in Any Unruly Organization (1995, ISBN 0-395-73525-4)
    • updated in 1999 as The Bureaucratic Entrepreneur: How to Be Effective in Any Unruly Organization (1999, ISBN 0-8157-3353-4)
  • Economic Sanctions and American Diplomacy (1998, ISBN 0-87609-212-1)
  • The Reluctant Sheriff: The United States After the Cold War (1997, ISBN 0-87609-198-2)
  • After the Tests: U.S. Policy Toward India and Pakistan (1999, ISBN 0-87609-236-9)
  • Transatlantic Tensions: The United States, Europe, and Problem Countries (editor, 1999, ISBN 0-8157-3351-8)
  • Intervention: The Use of American Military Force in the Post-Cold War World (1999, ISBN 0-87003-135-X)
  • Honey and Vinegar: Incentives, Sanctions, and Foreign Policy (2000, ISBN 0-8157-3355-0)
  • The Opportunity: America's Moment to Alter History's Course (2006, ISBN 1-58648-453-2)
  • War of Necessity, War of Choice (2009, ISBN 978-1-4165-4902-4)
  • Foreign Policy Begins at Home: The Case for Putting America's House in Order (2013, ISBN 0-4650-5798-5)


  1. ^ a b "Haass Talks". BBC News. January 7, 2014. Retrieved January 8, 2014. 
  2. ^ The Reluctant Sheriff: The United States After the Cold War - Richard Haass - Google Books. 1997.  
  3. ^ Published: November 09, 1999 (1999-11-09). "Paid Notice: Deaths HAASS, IRVING B. - New York Times". Retrieved 2014-01-08. 
  4. ^ "Richard N. Haass biography". council on foreign Retrieved January 8, 2014. 
  5. ^ Richard N. Haass - Council on Foreign Relations
  6. ^ Published: November 18, 1990 (1990-11-18). "Richard Haass, Assistant to President, Weds Ms. Mercandetti, TV Producer - New York Times". Retrieved 2014-01-08. 

External links

  • Richard Haass — History Commons
  • State sovereignty must be altered in globalized era; An Article written by Richard Haass on the age of globalization.
  • Council of Foreign Relations President Profile
  • Appearances on C-SPAN
  • Works by or about Richard N. Haass in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
  • Richard N. Haass collected news and commentary at The New York Times
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