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The Crisis in United States Global Leadership: Amb. Nicholas Burns in conversation with Jane Wales

@ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Nicholas Burns will join Jane Wales for a conversation focused on the major trends challenging global peace and stability today. These include, first and foremost, the weakening US leadership role around the world and US-China competition for power in the Indo-Pacific. Recent developments in the US-led international effort to halt the nuclear programs in Iran on the one hand, and North Korea on the other, will also be explored. The prospects for stability in both the Middle East and in Europe, as well as the deepening political crisis here at home will be considered.

Ambassador (ret.) Burns, now professor of the practice of diplomacy and international relations at the Harvard Kennedy School, served in the United States government for twenty-seven years. As a career foreign service officer, he was under secretary of state for political affairs from 2005 to 2008 where he led negotiations for long-term military assistance agreement with Israel and acted as lead US negotiator for Iran’s nuclear program.


R. Nicholas Burns
Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations, Harvard Kennedy School of Government


Jane Wales
CEO, World Affairs and Global Philanthropy Forum; Vice President, The Aspen Institute


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