Mary Louise Kelly
Co-Host, "All Things Considered," NPR; Contributing Editor, The Atlantic
Mary Louise Kelly is co-host of “All Things Considered,” NPR’s award-winning evening newsmagazine, and a contributing editor at The Atlantic. She was previously a national security correspondent for NPR News, reporting from all over the world on the CIA, the NSA, and other spy agencies; terrorism; wars; and rising nuclear powers. Kelly’s writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, POLITICO, Newsweek, and other publications. She has lectured at Stanford University and Harvard University and taught a graduate course on national security at Georgetown University. Kelly is also the author of two novels, Anonymous Sources and The Bullet.
What good diplomats do, says George Packer, author of Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century, is “get into the skin of the person on the other side of the table” in order to truly understand them. This allows the US to draw in alliances and mobilize coalitions of countries, though Burns explains he’s worried that “we’re corroding that tool of diplomacy and squandering that asset.” What’s more, adds Mary Louise Kelly of NPR, sending diplomats to solve our most pressing global issues “only has a shred of a chance of success if that person is seen to be carrying the word and carrying the weight of the president.”