Richard N. Haass

Time to Draw Down in Afghanistan

After nearly nine years of war, continued or increased U.S. involvement in Afghanistan isn't likely to yield lasting improvements that would be commensurate in any way with the investment of American blood and treasure. It is time to scale down our ambitions there and both reduce and redirect what we do.

Haass: We must get China into the tent

The single most important challenge for the new administration—one with the potential to shape the 21st century—is China. As goes China, so go 1.3 billion men, women and children—one out of every five people on the planet.China's economy is now roughly half the size of America's; in three decades, the two are likely to be about equal.