Richard Haass

Preparing for the Clinton Doctrine

  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    The next U.S president will face many foreign policy challenges, which are more likely to focus more on Asia and the Middle East than on Europe.

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    • Richard Haass has headed the Council on Foreign Relations for 14 years.
    • The 65-year-old New Yorker was a close advisor to former Secretary of State Colin Powell.
    • From 1989 to 1993, he served as Special Assistant to former U.S. President George H. W. Bush.
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Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations. Source: Bloomberg

Not far from New York’s Central Park, the desk of Richard Haass reflects the state of the world quite well: analyses and reports on crises spanning the globe tower over each other. And then there is the upcoming book of former security adviser to U.S. President George H.W. Bush, to be released in January, which is fittingly entitled “A World in Disarray.”

Handelsblatt sat down with Mr. Haass to discuss his view of the foreign policy challenges that the next U.S. president will face.

Mr. Haass, the polls are currently favoring Hillary Clinton as the next president. How would foreign policy under a Clinton administration look?

Judging by Clinton’s comments on the campaign trail and what she argued for as secretary of state, she would likely be comfortable with greater American leadership and assertiveness in the world, including the use of force.

What regions would we see this impact?

Possibly in the Middle East, and she would also place greater emphasis on Asia. President Obama has been aggressive in his use of tactical strikes against terrorists, which I believe Clinton would continue. She will probably take a slightly tougher line on negotiations with Russia over Ukraine.

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