The John B. Hurford Memorial Lecture with William J. Burns: The Back Channel- American Diplomacy and the Case for Its Renewal


Event Details

Thursday, May 9, 2019
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 
Harvard Club
35 W 44th Street
New York, NY
Event type
Lecture / Panel  
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Admission Types
Guest of Member/OTR Patron: $15.00
Non-Member: $25.00
Student : $5.00
FPA Member: Free

Event Description

Please join the Foreign Policy Association in welcoming William J. Burns, President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, who will deliver the annual John B. Hurford Memorial Lecture titled "American Diplomacy and the Case for its Renewal." The lecture will be hosted at the Harvard Club of New York in the Cambridge Room. Ambassador Burns will also be discussing his new book, "The Back Channel: A Memoir of American Diplomacy and the Case for its Renewal," which will be available for purchase at the event.

Registration begins at 5:30 pm, please note the Harvard Club dress code.

Event Speakers

    • William J. Burns - Speaker
      President, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

      William J. Burns is president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He 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 undersecretary 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. Ambassador Burns earned a bachelor’s degree in history from La Salle University and master’s and doctoral degrees in international relations from Oxford University, where he studied as a Marshall Scholar. He and his wife, Lisa, have two daughters.


    • William J. Burns

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