Ambassador Bill Burns
President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, former career Foreign Service Officer
Ambassador (ret.) William “Bill” Burns is currently president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the oldest international affairs think tank in the United States, after a thirty-three-year diplomatic career. He holds the highest rank in the Foreign Service, career ambassador, and is only the second serving career diplomat in history to become Deputy Secretary of State. Prior to his tenure as Deputy Secretary, Ambassador Burns 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. Ambassador Burns speaks Russian, Arabic, and French, and he has been the recipient of numerous awards. His memoir, The Back Channel: A Memoir of American Diplomacy and the Case for Its Renewal, was released in 2019.
Burns participated at The Common Good Forum & American Spirit Awards, 2019 on May 10th, 2019, on the “World View: Security Challenges & Opportunities” panel alongside Ambassador Nicholas Burns and Congresswoman Jane Harman, moderated by Edward Luce.