The Honorable R. Nicholas Burns will give the 2020 Anthony Joseph Drexel Biddle, Jr. Lecture on International Studies on Thursday, April 2nd at the Nasher Museum of Art Auditorium, starting at 5pm. Ambassador Burns is former US Ambassador to NATO and Greece. His talk will be: "America's Foreign Policy in the Trump Era".
Ambassador (ret.) R. Nicholas Burns is currently the Roy & Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy & 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 & the Transatlantic Relationship. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs, is a Faculty Affiliate of the Middle East Initiative, and is a Faculty Associate at Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.
Professor Burns served in the US government for twenty-seven years. 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 when he led negotiations on the US-India Civil Nuclear Agreement; and the lead US negotiator on Iran’s nuclear program. He was US Ambassador to NATO (2001-2005), Ambassador to Greece (1997-2001) and State Department Spokesman (1995-1997). He worked for five years (1990–1995) on the National Security Council at the White House, where he was Director for Soviet Affairs in the administration of President George H.W. Bush, and Senior Director for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia Affairs and Special Assistant to President Clinton. Burns also served in the American Consulate General in Jerusalem (1985-1987), where he coordinated US economic assistance to the Palestinian people in the West Bank, and before that, at the American embassies in Egypt (1983-1985) and Mauritania (1980 as an intern). He was a member of Secretary of State John Kerry’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board from 2014-2017.
Burns is Executive Director of the Aspen Strategy Group and Aspen Security Forum, Senior Counselor at the Cohen Group, and serves on the Board of Directors of Entegris, Inc. He is Chairman of the Board of Our Generation Speaks, which seeks to bring together young Palestinians and Israelis in common purpose. He is Chairman of the American Ditchley Foundation and serves on the Board of Trustees of Boston College. He also serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including Special Olympics International, the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, Refugees International, The Trilateral Commission, the Richard C. Lounsbery Foundation, the Atlantic Council, America Abroad Media, the Association of Diplomatic Studies & Training, the Appeal of Conscience Foundation, the Boston Committee on Foreign Relations, the Gennadius Library, the NATO Cyber Center of Excellence, and the Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions Television Advisory Board. He serves on the Panel of Senior Advisors at Chatham House – the Royal Institute of International Affairs. He is a member of the Committee on Conscience of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Order of Saint John. He is also a Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society.
Professor Burns has received fifteen honorary degrees, the Presidential Distinguished Service Award, the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Award, the 2017 Ignatian Award from Boston College, the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service from the Johns Hopkins University, the Boston College Alumni Achievement Award, and the Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award from Tufts University. He has a BA in History from Boston College (1978), an MA in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (1980), and he earned the Certificat Pratique de Langue Française at the University of Paris-Sorbonne (1977). He was 2016 New Englander of the Year from the New England Council and a Visiting Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Summer 2008. He is a life-long member of Red Sox Nation.
Archive of Biddle Lecturers: https://igs.duke.edu/biddle-lecture-speaker-archives-0