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Nicholas Burns - Keynote Speaker

Book Nicholas Burns as a keynote speaker. Nicholas Burns is a former American diplomat with a distinguished career serving at the forefront of US foreign policy. He is currently the Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. 

 

Nicholas Burns

Experienced US Diplomat; Harvard professor


SPEAKING THEMES

  • US foreign policy

  • The evolving international order

  • US-China relations

  • North Korea

  • US-Russia relations

  • Trans-Atlantic relations

  • The Iran nuclear deal


TRAVELS FROM
Boston, USA

 
 

BIOGRAPHY

Nicholas Burns is a former American diplomat with a distinguished career serving at the forefront of US foreign policy. He is currently the Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. 

Burns served in the United States government for twenty-seven years. He was Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs from 2005 to 2008 during which time he led negotiations on the US-India Civil Nuclear Agreement, a long-term military assistance agreement with Israel, and was the lead US negotiator on Iran’s nuclear programme.

He served as US Ambassador to NATO (2001-2005), Ambassador to Greece (1997-2001) and State Department Spokesman (1995-1997).

He worked for five years (1990-1995) on the National Security Council at the White House, where he was Senior Director for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia Affairs and Special Assistant to President Clinton and Director for Soviet Affairs in the Administration of President George H.W. Bush.

Prior to this, he served in the American Consulate General in Jerusalem (1985-1987) where he coordinated US economic assistance to the Palestinian people in the West Bank, and before that, at the American embassies in Egypt (1983-1985) and Mauritania (1980 as an intern).

In addition to his role at the Kennedy School, he is founder and Faculty Director of the Future of Diplomacy Project and Faculty Chair for the Programmes 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.


AMB. BURNS' TALKS

Nicholas Burns' wealth of experience and expertise allows him to offer penetrating insights on all the critical international affairs issues of today:

What is the impact of Trump's White House on America's foreign relations? 

How will tensions in North Korea play out?

What does an increasingly assertive Russia mean for global stability?

How is the unfolding trade war impacting US-China relations?

What are the international repercussions of the Syrian crisis?

How is the wider world viewing a Europe suffering from the pressures of populism, nationalism and Brexit?

VIDEOS

Ambassador Burns on how President Trump should handle relations with Asia (2016)


Ambassador Burns on the foreign policy challenges facing President Trump (2017)