New Book Challenges Current Approach to Foreign Policy

A graduate of Columbia University, Charles M. Stam presently works as an analyst with a public policy firm. Previously, he served as a fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress. Outside his professional responsibilities, Charles Maurice Stam regularly reads non-fiction and hopes to apply his background in history and political science to a legal career.

Last year, Richard N. Haass, the president of the Council on Foreign Relations, released his latest book, “Foreign Policy Begins at Home: The Case for Putting America’s House in Order.” A long-time member of the Washington, D.C., community, Dr. Haass served as the principal advisor to Secretary of State Colin Powell, special assistant to President George H.W. Bush, and director of foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution.

In his new book, Dr. Haass suggests that America’s international strength must stem from domestic policy changes that will improve schools, address infrastructural problems, and update the immigration system. At present, he argues, the country is caught in a dangerous cycle of underperforming at home and overreaching abroad, and he suggests that correcting this imbalance is the only way to ensure long-term national security. Additionally, the book posits that the United States should focus on maintaining a balance of power in Asia and work collaboratively with groups like the United Nations and the European Union to affect change overseas.