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Nicholas Burns

Boston, USA
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US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (2005-08)

Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Politics, Harvard Kennedy School (present)

Ambassador to NATO (2001-05) and Greece (1997-2001)

Ambassador (Ret.) R. Nicholas Burns is one of America’s top foreign policy experts and practitioners.
During his 27-year career in the United States Foreign Service, he played a key leadership role in US foreign policy towards the Middle East, Europe, and South Asia. He is viewed as one of the US’s most articulate spokespeople on globalisation and US foreign policy.

Over the course of his distinguished career, Nick has served three US presidents—George H. W. Bush, William Jefferson Clinton, and George W. Bush—in key positions, including Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs—the State Department’s third-ranking official and most senior diplomat, US Ambassador to NATO, US Ambassador to Greece, Senior Director for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia Affairs, and State Department spokesman.

He is currently the Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is Faculty Director of the Future of Diplomacy Project and the Transatlantic Relations Initiative and Faculty Chair for the programs on the Middle East and on India and South Asia. He serves on the Board of Directors of the School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and is a Faculty Associate at Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.

Nick is Director of the Aspen Strategy Group, Senior Counselor at the Cohen Group, and serves on the Board of Directors of Entegris, Inc. He also serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including the Council on Foreign Relations, Special Olympics International, the Diplomacy Center Foundation, the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, The Trilateral Commission, the Richard Lounsbery Foundation, the Atlantic Council, America Abroad Media, the Association of Diplomatic Studies and Training, the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, the Appeal of Conscience Foundation, the Boston Committee on Foreign Relations, and the Gennadius Library. From 2014-2017, he was a member of Secretary of State John Kerry’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board at the U.S. Department of State. He is Vice Chairman of the American Ditchley Foundation and serves on the Panel of Senior Advisors at Chatham House: the Royal Institute of International Affairs.  He is a member of the Committee on Conscience of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

He frequently provides commentary and analysis for numerous print and media outlets, including CNN, BBC, Fox, MSNBC, NPR, PBS, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Financial Times, and USA Today. He was a bi-weekly foreign affairs contributor for the Boston Globe from 2012-2015.

 

 

 

Our Comment

"After a stellar diplomatic career, Nick has continued as a leading analyst of US foreign policy and its relations with the Middle East, APAC, South Asia, Europe and Latin America. He speaks with candour and passion about his experiences at the forefront of US foreign policy, how globalisation is changing the geopolitical landscape and what the future holds for America’s position on the world stage."

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