The State of the State Department and American Diplomacy, a talk with Ambassador R. Nicholas Burns

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Event Details

Date:
Thursday, April 18, 2019
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 
Location:
The University Club
1 W 54th Street
New York City, NY
Event type
Lecture / Panel  
Email: 
[email protected] 
Telephone: 
212 481 8100 ext. 251 

Event Description

Please join The Foreign Policy Association in welcoming Ambassador R. Nicholas Burns. who will be delivering this year's Hassib J. Sabbagh Lecture on Diplomacy. The talk, which will be titled "The State of the State Department and American Diplomacy," will focus on drastic changes that have affected foreign service as a profession and the way the United  States conducts itself on the international stage. 

Ambassador Burn's article on the same subject can be found in the 2019 edition of Great Decisions, which can be ordered here.

The Lecture will be followed by a reception. Jacket and tie is required at the University Club. Those not following club dress code may not be permitted to enter. 

Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. 

Event Speakers

    • Ambassador (Ret.) R. Nicholas Burns
      Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government

      Ambassador (Ret.) Nicholas Burns is the Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is Faculty Director of the Future of Diplomacy Project and Faculty Chair of the programs on the Middle East and South Asia. He is a member of Secretary of State John Kerry’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board at the U.S. Department of State, Director of the Aspen Strategy Group and a Senior Counselor at the Cohen Group. He served in the United States Foreign Service for twenty-seven years until his retirement in April 2008. He was Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs from 2005 to 2008. Prior to that, he was Ambassador to NATO (2001-2005), Ambassador to Greece (1997-2001), and State Department Spokesman (1995-1997). He worked on the National Security Council staff where he was Senior Director for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia Affairs and Special Assistant to President Clinton and, before that, Director for Soviet Affairs for President George H.W. Bush. Earlier in his career, he worked at the American Consulate General in Jerusalem and in the American Embassies in Egypt and Mauritania. He serves on the Board of several corporate and non-profit organizations.

       

    • Ambassador (Ret.) R. Nicholas Burns

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