William Burns is the president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the oldest international affairs think tank in the United States. Ambassador Burns retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in 2014 after a thirty-three year diplomatic career. He served as the United States ambassador to Russia and also as the American ambassador to Jordan. He was the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs and the Deputy Secretary of State. He holds the highest rank in the U.S. Foreign Service, career ambassador. He is the author of The Back Channel: A Memoir of American Diplomacy and the Case for Its Renewal that was published in 2019.
The conversation will focus on the challenges and opportunities this pandemic poses to American diplomacy, the need to renew American statesmanship, and the importance of fostering a new ethic of public service in the United States.
This program is part of a virtual series of conversations sponsored by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute with distinguished experts, political analysts, and government leaders discussing how the COVID-19 pandemic is reshaping our world.
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