28th June 2004
NATO Summit in Istanbul, Turkey
Left to right: US President George W. Bush;Donald Rumsfeld (US Secretary of Defense); Ambassador R. Nicholas Burns (Permanent Represnetative to NATO, USA); US Secretary of State, Colin Powell.
Nicholas Burns is one of America’s most decorated diplomats. He began his career in the foreign service as an intern in Mauritania in the early 1980s. By the time he retired in 2008, he had served as the US Ambassador to NATO and the Undersecretary of State of Political Affairs. Needless to say, he’s got some great stories to tell. Now at Harvard, Ambassador Burns reflects on how is career intersected with some of the key inflection points of US foreign policy over the last 30 years, including the end of the cold war, 9-11, the US Invasion of Iraq and the Arab Spring.