R. Nicholas Burns is a university professor, columnist, lecturer, and former American diplomat. He is currently Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Politics at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he is director of The Future of Diplomacy Project and Faculty Chair for the programs on the Middle East and India and South Asia. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the school's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. He is Director of the Aspen Strategy Group, senior counselor at The Cohen Group, and serves on the Board of Directors of Entegris, Inc. He writes a bi-weekly column on foreign affairs for The Boston Globe and is a senior foreign affairs columnist for GlobalPost. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Council on Foreign Relations, Special Olympics, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Atlantic Council, the Appeal of Conscience Foundation, the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, American Media Abroad, the Gennadius Library, and the Richard Lounsbery Foundation. Burns wad the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs within the United States Department of State for the George W. Bush administration. Burns was born in Buffalo, New York, and raised in Wellesley, Massachusetts. He received his B.A. in history from Boston College and his M.A. in international relations from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
As the world grapples with the scale and severity of the coronavirus pandemic, President Trump has both pointed fingersatand asked for help from the W.H.O., China and international industry.Ambassador Nicholas Burnsserved asU.S. Undersecretary of State for Political AffairsandU.S. Ambassador to NATOunder President George W. Bush. He’s nowprofessor ofdiplomacy andinternationalrelations at the Harvard Kennedy Schoolof Government, and hejoins hostKrys Boyd to talkabout strategies to align the world in the battle forcollectivepublic health. Hisessayin Foreign Affairs is “How to Lead in a Time of Pandemic.”
What made America a great power? What is Trump doing to weaken America on the global stage, and what must the US do to revive its global leadership after the Trump presidency? Distinguished American diplomat Nicholas Burns, the Lowy Institute’s 2019 Rothschild & Co Distinguished International Fellow, gave a speech at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne Nicholas Burns is a Professor at the Harvard Kennedy School and served for 27 years in the US Foreign Service. Ambassador Burns was Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, US Ambassador to NATO for President George W Bush and to Greece for President Bill Clinton, and State Department spokesman for Secretaries Warren Christopher and Madeleine Albright.
Episode 12: Former US Ambassador to NATO Nicholas Burns talks about the instability of US foreign policy under Trump and how to recover from it, the significance of US alliances in great power competition with China, and also why he rejects former US Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ pointed criticism of Senator Joe Biden’s foreign policy record. Ambassador Burns is the 2019 Rothschild Distinguished International Fellow at the Lowy Institute. He is one of the US’s most eminent former diplomats, having served under Republican and Democrat administrations in a 27 year career in the foreign service. He was US Ambassador to NATO and later Under Secretary for Political Affairs, the State Department’s third-ranking official. He is now a Professor of Diplomatic Practice and International Relations at Harvard University; and has more recently joined Senator Joe Biden’s campaign as foreign affairs advisor.
How should the US and Australia plan for a future of both strategic competition and cooperation with China? How do we get the balance between them right? The distinguished American diplomat Nicholas Burns, the Lowy Institute’s 2019 Rothschild & Co Distinguished International Fellow, addressed these questions in the 2019 Owen Harries Lecture. The annual Owen Harries Lecture honours the enormous contribution Mr Harries, a Nonresident Fellow at the Lowy Institute, has made to the international policy debate in Australia. Nicholas Burns is a Professor at the Harvard Kennedy School and served for 27 years in the US Foreign Service. Ambassador Burns was Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, US Ambassador to NATO for President George W Bush and to Greece for President Bill Clinton, and State Department spokesman for Secretaries Warren Christopher and Madeleine Albright. The Lowy Institute acknowledges the generous support of Rothschild & Co for the Fellowship.
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Birthdate
Jan 28th, 1956
Episode Count
20
Podcast Count
17
Total Airtime
13 hours, 4 minutes
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