Ambassador (ret.) Nicholas Burns

Former U.S. Ambassador to NATO and Professor, Harvard University

U.S. Relations with Europe in a Time of Crisis: Challenges for the Next President

About the Speaker

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 also Director of the Future of Diplomacy Project and Faculty Chair for the Programs on the Middle East and on India and South Asia. Professor Burns serves on the board of directors of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Burns is also director of the Aspen Strategy Group, Vice Chairman of the American Ditchley Foundation, and is a member of Secretary of State John Kerry’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board at the U.S. Department of State.

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

Nicholas Burns has received twelve honorary degrees and distinguished service awards. He has a history from Boston College and an M.A. in international relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.