Richard Haass Is Here!

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Chris, Melanie, and Zack welcome Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, to Net Assessment. They discuss what the United States has gotten right and wrong the last few decades, focusing particularly on decisions about when to use force as well as U.S. policies on Iraq, Afghanistan, China, and trade. Chris demands an expanded college football playoff, Melanie is disgusted by a congressman’s animated video depicting violence against a colleague, and Zack questions the wisdom of burning jet fuel to attend COP26.




Richard Haass, “The Age of America First,” Foreign Affairs, November/December 2021,

Richard Haass and Charles Kupchan, “The New Concert of Powers,” Foreign Affairs, March 23, 2021,

Richard Haass, “American Support for Taiwan Must Be Unambiguous,” Foreign Affairs, Sept. 2, 2020,

Richard Haass, “How the United States Should Use Military Force,” Cosmos Journal, 1996,

Donnie O’Sullivan, “Republican Congressman Posts Video Depicting Violence against Ocasio-Corez and Biden,” CNN, Nov. 8, 2021,

Jonathan Beale and Tony Smith, “HMS Queen Elizabeth: Life on Board Royal Navy Aircraft Carrier,” BBC, Nov. 5, 2021,

Image: U.S. Navy (Photo by  Petty Officer 1st Class Devin Langer)