Ambassador Nicholas Burns is Director of the Aspen Strategy Group, Senior Counselor at the Cohen Group, and Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He served in the United States Foreign Service for twenty-seven years until his retirement in April 2008. As a Foreign Service Officer, Ambassador Burns was Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs from 2005 to 2008; the State Department’s third-ranking official when he led negotiations on the U.S.–India Civil Nuclear Agreement; a long-term military assistance agreement with Israel; and was the lead U.S. negotiator on Iran’s nuclear program. From 2001-2005, he was U.S. Ambassador to NATO, Ambassador to Greece from 1997–2001, and State Department Spokesman from 1995–1997. From 1990–1995, Ambassador Burns worked on the National Security Council at the White House where he was Senior Director for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia Affairs and Special Assistant to President Clinton and Director for Soviet Affairs in the Administration of President George H.W. Bush. Follow Ambassador Burns on Twitter at @RNicholasBurns.

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