My Republica

Richard N Haass

The contributor for Republica.

‘Lost Leonardo’ unpeels the mysteries of the Salvator Mundi

Published On: August 12, 2021 12:15 PM NPT By: Richard N Haass

We’re accustomed to movies — usually adventures, like “Indiana Jones” — with lines that traverse the globe and pinball between global capitals, showing us where our characters are traveling. “The Lost Leonardo,” a documentary about the rediscovery of a Leonardo da Vinci painting, begins with such a line. But its international stops, chronicling the painting’s sales, are baffling leaps.

A realist reset for US-Saudi relations

Published On: March 8, 2021 08:00 AM NPT By: Richard N Haass

President Joe Biden’s administration appears determined to separate America's relationship with the Kingdom from the relationship with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. But this separation will likely prove impossible to sustain.

Whither US foreign policy?

Published On: February 10, 2021 08:35 AM NPT By: Richard N Haass

Biden voiced strong criticism of Chinese behavior, but also noted a desire to work with Xi’s regime when it is in America’s interest to do so. China will have to decide whether it is prepared to reciprocate in the face of US criticism, sanctions, and export restrictions on sensitive technology.

Donald Trump’s costly legacy

Published On: January 13, 2021 08:00 AM NPT By: Richard N Haass

Donald Trump is handing off a country and a world in far worse condition than he inherited. That is his distressing legacy.

Supply chains and demand

Published On: December 18, 2020 07:00 AM NPT By: Richard N Haass

The COVID-19 crisis has revealed that interconnectedness brings benefits as well as risks to us all. In order to address some of these risks, supply chains will need to be rethought, with more emphasis put on supplier diversification, domestic production, and stockpiling.

The UN’s unhappy birthday

Published On: September 12, 2020 01:00 PM NPT By: Richard N Haass

The United Nations has fallen far short of its goals to “maintain international peace and security,” “develop friendly relations among nations’’ and “achieve international cooperation in solving international problems.”

To the brink with China

Published On: August 16, 2020 11:43 AM NPT By: Richard N Haass

A cold war between the United States and China would leave both countries and the world worse off. It would be dangerous and costly.

The world waits for no country

Published On: June 16, 2020 07:00 AM NPT By: Richard N Haass

NEW YORK – The United States finds itself confronting several daunting challenges simultaneously. There is the COVID-19 pandemic, which has already claimed nearly 120,000 lives and shows little sign of abating in large swaths of the country. The economic impact has been devastating, with some 40 million currently out of work and the Federal Reserve projecting that many of them will remain unemployed for a prolonged period.

Deglobalization and its discontents

Published On: May 19, 2020 04:00 PM NPT By: Richard N Haass

NEW YORK – Increasing global interconnection—growing cross-border flows of people, goods, energy, emails, television and radio signals, data, drugs, terrorists, weapons, carbon dioxide, food, dollars, and, of course, viruses (both biological or software)—has been a defining feature of the modern world. The question, though, is whether globalization has peaked – and, if so, whether what follows is to be welcomed or resisted.

At War With a Virus

Published On: April 9, 2020 08:52 AM NPT By: Richard N Haass

NEW YORK – US President Donald Trump has labeled himself a wartime president, and many others around the world are using similar language. It’s a description that raises an obvious question: What does the history and nature of war tell us about fighting a virus?

How not to leave Afghanistan

Published On: March 5, 2020 08:45 AM NPT By: Richard N Haass

NEW YORK – After nearly two decades, 2,400 soldiers killed, another 20,000 wounded, and as much as $2 trillion spent, the United States is understandably eager to withdraw from Afghanistan. President Donald Trump wants to be able to claim in advance of the November 2020 election that he fulfilled his campaign promise to end the country’s longest war, and his Democratic challengers share his desire to extricate the US from the conflict.

US Strategic Incoherence

Published On: January 7, 2020 12:05 PM NPT By: Richard N Haass

NEW YORK – The United States emerged from the Cold War some three decades ago possessing a historically unprecedented degree of absolute and relative power. What is baffling, and what will surely leave future historians scratching their heads, is why a series of US presidents decided to devote so much of this power to the Middle East and, indeed, squander so much of America’s might on the region.

Post-American Middle East

Published On: January 2, 2020 08:44 AM NPT By: Richard N Haass

NEW YORK – It was August 5, 1990, just days after Saddam Hussein’s Iraq had invaded and conquered all of Kuwait, and US President George H.W. Bush could not have been clearer as he spoke from the South Lawn at the White House: “This will not stand, this aggression against Kuwait.” Over the next six months, Bush proved to be a man of his word, as the United States sent a half-million soldiers to the Middle East and led an international coalition that liberated Kuwait.

Coming nuclear crises

Published On: November 25, 2019 08:24 AM NPT By: Richard N Haass

NEW YORK – Until just a few years ago, it looked as if the problem posed by nuclear weapons had been successfully managed, if not solved. American and Russian nuclear stockpiles had been reduced substantially from their Cold War highs, and arms-control agreements were in place that limited both intermediate- and long-range systems. But all of this now could come undone.

Price of Trump’s betrayal

Published On: October 22, 2019 12:30 AM NPT By: Richard N Haass

The abandonment of Kurdish forces in northern Syria has reinforced already existing doubts in the region and around the world that the United States remains a reliable ally

The Amazon and You

Published On: September 16, 2019 12:37 AM NPT By: Richard N Haass

NEW YORK – Nearly everyone has seen the dramatic images of the Amazon ablaze. Tens of thousands of fires—intentionally started or caused by logging, farming, mining, and other human activities—have broken out over the past year alone.

More than windmills in South Asia

Published On: August 20, 2019 12:30 AM NPT By: Richard N Haass

With the end of the Soviet military presence in Afghanistan in February 1989 and the end of Cold War, the US chose to reconsider its stance toward both India and Pakistan

Asia’s scary movie

Published On: July 22, 2019 12:30 AM NPT By: Richard N Haass

NEW YORK – History at any moment can be understood as a snapshot, telling us where we are, or as a moving picture, telling us not just where we are but where we have been and where we may be headed. It is a distinction with an enormous difference.

Taking on Tehran

Published On: June 18, 2019 01:00 AM NPT By: Richard N Haass

Iran’s unique political-religious system and government appears strong enough to withstand US pressure and to ride out the economic difficulties

Looking back at 100

Published On: May 28, 2019 12:30 AM NPT By: Richard N Haass

The last two decades have made clear that no post-Cold War US foreign policy consensus exists