The Foreign Policy Paradox

An Interview with Dr. Richard Haass

Dr. Richard Haass is the president of the Council on Foreign Relations, a veteran of four administrations, and one of the world’s leading authorities on questions of statecraft. A proponent of the thesis that an effective foreign policy requires a strong and coherent domestic policy, Dr. Haass, in his far-reaching interview with The Octavian Report, tackles thorny issues ranging from how the U.S. can and must shape its dealings in Asia to the troubling long-term weaknesses of the Iran nuclear deal to the seemingly endless argument over the efficacy of military intervention.

Octavian Report: Can you explain how your thesis — that the U.S. needs to address its own issues before fixing the world — differs (as it obviously does) from the isolationist view? What do you think in the current environment the chances …

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