Ambassador R. Nicholas Burns

Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

US Diplomacy in the Trump Era

About the Topic


From fractured alliances to trade wars and abandoned treaties, President Trump has kept the world guessing. When TIME recently asked Amb. Burns to assess President Trump's foreign policy, he responded, "I think this President has done enormous damage to the United States." Working with the academics, diplomats, and journalists at the Belfer Center, he has unique exposure to the latest thinking about America's place in the world. What are the urgent international issues in the next two years? And might a Democratic majority in the House change the conduct of US foreign policy?

About the Speaker

Ambassador (Ret.) R. 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 the founder and Faculty Chair of the Future of Diplomacy Project and Faculty Chair of the Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship. He serves on the board of directors of the Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

Burns served in the United States government for 27 years. He was Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (2005 to 2008), U.S. Ambassador to NATO (2001 to 2005), Ambassador to Greece (1997 to 2001) and State Department Spokesman (1995 to 1997). From 1990 to 1995 he worked on the National Security Council at the White House during the George H.W. Bush and Clinton administrations.