Ambassador Nicholas Burns
University professor, columnist, lecturer, former American diplomat
Ambassador (ret.) Nicholas Burns was U.S. Ambassador to NATO (2001-2005), ambassador to Greece (1997-2001) and State Department spokesman (1995-1997). He worked on the National Security Council as Senior Director for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia Affairs; Special Assistant to President Clinton; and Director for Soviet Affairs for President George H.W. Bush. Burns served in the American Consulate General in Jerusalem where he coordinated U.S. economic assistance to the Palestinian people in the West Bank. He also served at the American embassies in Egypt and Mauritania, and was a member of Secretary of State John Kerry’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board from 2014-2017.
Presently, Burns is the Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations at the Harvard Kennedy School. 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, is a Faculty Affiliate of the Middle East Initiative, and is a Faculty Associate at Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.
The Common Good has been pleased to host Burns on several occasions, most recently for the The Common Good Forum & American Spirit Awards, 2019 on May 10th, 2019, where he participated on the “World View: Security Challenges & Opportunities” panel alongside Ambassador Bill Burns and Congresswoman Jane Harman, moderated by Edward Luce. He previously spoke at The Common Good on October 26th, 2016.
Burns currently serves as a member of The Common Good Honorary Advisory Board.