The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs is proud to host a Director's Lunch on “U.S. Policy Towards Iran” with Ambassador R. Nicholas Burns, Under Secretary for Political Affairs.
As Under Secretary of Political Affairs since March 2005, Ambassador Nick Burns is the Department of State’s third ranking official. In this position, he oversees U.S. policy worldwide.

Ambassador Burns is a senior career Foreign Service Officer.  Prior to his current assignment, Ambassador Burns was the United States Permanent Representative to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), where he headed the combined State-Defense Department U.S. Mission to NATO at a time when the Alliance committed to new missions in Iraq, Afghanistan and the global war against terrorism, and accepted seven new members.  During his service with the State Department, Ambassador Burns has been U.S. Ambassador to Greece, Spokesman of the Department of State and Acting Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, and has served in Africa and the Middle East, in addition to being a member of the Department's Transition Team in 1988. 

Ambassador Burns also served for five years (1990-1995) on the National Security Council staff at the White House. He was Special Assistant to President Clinton and Senior Director for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia Affairs. He had lead responsibility in the White House for advising the President on all aspects of U.S. relations with the fifteen countries of the former Soviet Union.  Under President George H.W. Bush, he was Director for Soviet (and then Russian) Affairs. 
Ambassador Burns has been decorated by the governments of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania for his work in securing withdrawal of Russian military forces from the Baltic region in the 1990s and for helping to secure their admittance to NATO.

Before entering the Foreign Service, Mr. Burns worked as Program Officer at A.T. International, a non-profit organization specializing in economic assistance for Third World Countries.

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