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Pres. of the Council on Foreign Relations to speak at Macalester about Pres. Obama’s foreign policy challenges

Photo: Richard Haass October 15, 2009 - St. Paul, Minn. - Now that’s he won the Nobel Peace Prize, what foreign policy challenges does President Barack Obama still face?

Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, will help answer that question, when he talks about President Obama's Foreign Policy Challenges, at 4:30 p.m., Friday, October 23, in Olin-Rice Room 250. This event is free and open to the public.

Haass is a foremost expert on American foreign policy.

Since 2003, he has been president of the Council on Foreign Relations, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to creating understanding of the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other countries. He has authored or edited 11 books on American foreign policy. As director of policy planning at the State Department, he was a principal advisor to Secretary of State Colin Powell and served as special assistant to President George H. W. Bush and senior director for Near East and South Asian affairs on the staff of the National Security Council.

Haass received the Presidential Citizens Medal for his contributions to the development and articulation of U.S. policy during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He has also served in the Departments of State and Defense and was a legislative aide in the U.S. Senate. A Rhodes Scholar, Haass holds a BA from Oberlin College and the master and doctor of philosophy degrees from Oxford University.

Macalester College, founded in 1874, is a national liberal arts college with a full-time enrollment of 1,958 students. Macalester is nationally recognized for its long-standing commitment to academic excellence, internationalism, multiculturalism, and civic engagement.