Amb.William J Burns, American Foreign Policy in an Era of Turbulence and Trump

Feb 26, 2018


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Amb. Burns currently serves as president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the oldest international affairs think tank in the U.S. He served as deputy secretary of state from 2011 to 2014. Prior to his tenure as deputy secretary, Burns served from 2008 to 2011 as undersecretary for political affairs. He was ambassador to Russia from 2005 to 2008, assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs from 2001 to 2005, and ambassador to Jordan from 1998 to 2001. His other posts in the foreign service include: executive secretary of the State Department and special assistant to former secretaries of state Warren Christopher and Madeleine Albright, minister-counselor for political affairs at the U.S. embassy in Moscow, acting director and principal deputy director of the State Department’s policy planning staff, and special assistant to the president and senior director for Near East and South Asian affairs at the National Security Council.