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.