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


Event Details

Thursday, April 18, 2019
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 
The University Club
1 W 54th Street
New York City, NY
Event type
Lecture / Panel  

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

      Nicholas Burns is the Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is the founder and Faculty Chair of the Future of Diplomacy Project and Faculty Chair of the Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship.


      Burns is Director of the Aspen Strategy Group, Senior Counselor at the Cohen Group, and serves on the Board of Directors of Entegris, Inc. Burns served in the United States government as a career Foreign Service Officer. He was Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs from 2005 to 2008; the State Department’s third-ranking official. He was U.S. Ambassador to NATO (2001-2005), Ambassador to Greece (1997-2001) and State Department Spokesman (1995-1997). He worked on the National Security Council as Senior Director for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia Affairs; Special Assistant to President Clinton; and Director for Soviet Affairs for President George H.W. Bush. Burns served in the American Consulate General in Jerusalem where he coordinated U.S. economic assistance to the Palestinian people in the West Bank and before that, at the American embassies in Egypt and Mauritania. He was a member of Secretary of State John Kerry’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board from 2014-2017. He is a graduate of Boston College (B.A. 1978) and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (M.A. 1980) and earned the Certificat Pratique de Langue Francaise at the University of Paris-Sorbonne (1977).

    • Ambassador (Ret.) R. Nicholas Burns

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