Public Agenda

Richard N. Haass at the Maxwell School/Public Agenda Policy Breakfast


As the Obama administration examines challenging choices in Afghanistan and beyond, Dr. Richard N. Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, shared his views on President Obama's characterization of Afghanistan as "a war of necessity." Haass, who was a director of policy planning for the Department of State and a U.S. coordinator for policy toward the future of Afghanistan, argued that in order to be a war of necessity, one must first ask if the war of vital national interest and if there no viable alternative.

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