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Former insider tries to set the agenda from outside

At his farewell party at the State Department last month, Richard Haass, Secretary of State Colin Powell’s top strategic thinker, said he was leaving because the new job he assumes today — president of the Council on Foreign Relations, a prestigious think tank based in New York — was too good to refuse. But Haass, a relative dove in an administration dominated by hawks, has made no secret of his frustrations during the past 2 years. His departure reflects in part the calculation that he might be able to have more influence on U.S. foreign policy from outside the administration. Haass, 51, retains an official assignment as U.S. envoy to the Northern Ireland peace talks. In the interview, he gave his views on U.S. policy toward the three nations that President Bush labeled an ”axis of evil.” Full Story

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