America's Role in a Changing International Landscape

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Foreign Policy Association
Off-the-Record Lecture Series

Event Details

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM 
The Museum of Modern Art, Titus I Theater
11 West 53rd Street (MoMA Film Entrance)
New York, NY
Event type
Lecture / Panel  

Event Description

A discussion with Ambassador William J. Burns, President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State, who will speak on "America's Role in a Changing International Landscape." The talk offers ten observations of key geopolitical shifts in a number of regions and areas of emerging interest for the United States.

This event is open only to members of the Foreign Policy Association and the Off-the-Record Lecture Series.

Ambassador Burns will be speaking as part of the Elizabeth French Hitchcock Lecture Series, presented jointly by the Foreign Policy Association and the Off-the-Record Lecture Series.

Event Speakers

    • Ambassador William J. Burns - Speaker
      President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State

      Bill Burns is president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the oldest international affairs think tank in the United States. Ambassador Burns retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in 2014 after a thirty-three-year diplomatic career. He holds the highest rank in the foreign service, career ambassador, and is only the second serving career diplomat in history to become deputy secretary of state.

      Prior to his tenure as deputy secretary, Ambassador Burns served from 2008 to 2011 as under secretary for political affairs. He was ambassador to Russia from 2005 to 2008, assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs from 2001 to 2005, and ambassador to Jordan from 1998 to 2001. His other posts in the foreign service include: executive secretary of the State Department and special assistant to former secretaries of state Warren Christopher and Madeleine Albright; minister-counselor for political affairs at the U.S. embassy in Moscow; acting director and principal deputy director of the State Department’s policy planning staff; and special assistant to the president and senior director for Near East and South Asian affairs at the National Security Council.

      Ambassador Burns speaks Russian, Arabic, and French, and he has been the recipient of three Presidential Distinguished Service Awards and a number of Department of State awards, including three Secretary’s Distinguished Service Awards, two Distinguished Honor Awards, the 2006 Charles E. Cobb, Jr. Ambassadorial Award for Initiative and Success in Trade Development, the 2005 Robert C. Frasure Memorial Award for Conflict Resolution and Peacemaking, and the James Clement Dunn Award for exemplary performance at the mid-career level.

    • Ambassador William J. Burns

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