Nicholas Burns

Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of Diplomacy and International Relations, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School of Government; Director, Aspen Strategy Group, The Aspen Institute

Nicholas Burns is the Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations at Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he leads the Future of Diplomacy Project and programs on the Middle East and South Asia. He is a member of Secretary of State Kerry’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board, director of the Aspen Strategy Group, and a senior counselor at the Cohen Group. Burns served in the US Foreign Service for 27 years, as undersecretary of state for political affairs, ambassador to NATO, ambassador to Greece, and State Department spokesman. He worked on the National Security Council under Presidents Clinton and George H.W. Bush.

Videos/Audio of Nicholas Burns

With non-state actors are capturing not only the headlines but the resources of government, the question of whether the... See more
Chinese president Xi Jinping and Russian president Vladimir Putin have attained nearly unchecked power in their... See more
The Iran nuclear deal has the potential to stabilize the Middle East by neutralizing a major threat to regional and... See more
Speakers: Nicholas Burns, Gillian Tett, Lawrence H. Summers See more
Three American Presidents – Clinton, Bush, and Obama – have tried and failed to curb North Korea’s nuclear weapons and... See more

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