R. Nicholas Burns
Sultan of Oman Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations
Future of Diplomacy Project

Professor Burns directs the Future of Diplomacy Project and is faculty chair for the Middle East Initiative and the India & South Asia Program. As a career foreign service officer, he was undersecretary of state for political affairs from 2005 to 2008, the State Department’s third-ranking official when he led negotiations on the US–India civil nuclear agreement and a long-term military assistance agreement with Israel, and the lead US negotiator on Iran’s nuclear program. He was US ambassador to NATO (2001–2005), ambassador to Greece (1997–2001), and state department spokesman (1995–1997).  He worked for five years (1990–95) 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 Bill Clinton and director for Soviet affairs in the administration of President George H. W. Bush. VIEW FULL BIO