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Report - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

A Decade of Diplomacy: The Future of Diplomacy Project at 10

For this Future of Diplomacy Project anniversary publication, we have asked many of our former fellows to reflect on the geostrategic challenges ahead for diplomacy and statecraft and to offer their advice to the younger generation of rising leaders on the opportunities and challenges for diplomacy in the decade ahead.

Ambassador Nick Burns at his Senate hearing on October 20, 2021

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Statement to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations by Nicholas Burns, U.S. Ambassadorial Nominee to the People’s Republic of China

| Oct. 20, 2021

If confirmed, I look forward to returning to public service and the State Department, where I have spent the bulk of my career in Administrations of both parties. I would be honored to lead our team at the U.S. Mission in China, which is on the front lines of this complicated and consequential relationship.

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Announcement - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Ash Carter Congratulates Nicholas Burns on Nomination as U.S. Ambassador to China

| Aug. 24, 2021

In a note to colleagues and friends, Belfer Center Director Ash Carter congratulated the Belfer Center's Nicholas Burns on his nomination by President Biden to serve as Ambassador to China. 

Clockwise from top left, Madeleine Albright, Nicholas Burns, Dina Powell McCormick, Ezinne Uzo-Okoro on screen during the event.

Kris Snibbe

Newspaper Article - Harvard Gazette

Three Notable Immigrants Who Served Their Adoptive Land

  • Clea Simon
| May 13, 2021

America is a country built on immigrants and refugees, a truth acknowledged by former President George W. Bush in his recent collection of post-White House paintings, “Out of Many, One: Portraits of America’s Immigrants.” That spirit inspired a namesake Belfer Center Future of Diplomacy Project event featuring three notable women portrayed in the book who discussed the role of foreign-born Americans and their own decisions to enter public service in their adoptive nation.

Presentation - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

The Refugee and Immigrant Stories of Madeleine Albright, Dina Powell McCormick, and Ezinne Uzo-Okoro

On May 12, the Future of Diplomacy Project hosted a conversation with former U.S. Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright; Global Head of Sustainability and Inclusive Growth at Goldman Sachs, Dina Powell McCormick; and Ezinne Uzo-Okoro, Harvard Kennedy School midcareer student (2021) and the Assistant Director for Space Policy in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, who have all recently been featured in President George W. Bush’s new book Out of Many, One: Portraits of America's Immigrants, a collection of 43 portraits painted by the former President with accompanying stories that exemplify the promise of America. They shared how their experiences as a refugee and as immigrants have shaped their views on America’s role in the world and influenced their careers in public service.  Professor Nicholas Burns moderated the discussion.


Soft Power and Practice of Diplomacy: A Conversation with Ambassador Caroline Kennedy

| Apr. 26, 2021

In a conversation with Ambassador Caroline Kennedy, we will explore how she employed cultural diplomacy while serving as U.S. Ambassador to Japan (2013-2017), our key ally in Asia. Ambassador (ret.) Nicholas Burns, Harvard Kennedy School professor and Faculty Chair of the Future of Diplomacy Project, welcomed and introduced Ambassador Kennedy. He and Carla Dirlikov Canales, 2021 Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow, co-moderated the discussion. Dr. Joe Nye, University Distinguished Service Professor, Emeritus at Harvard and who introduced the world to the concept of "soft power" in the late 1980s, was also be part of the discussion.


Inaugural Seminar on The Future of Cultural Diplomacy

| Apr. 15, 2021

On April 9th, the Future of Cultural Diplomacy seminar series held its inaugural event featuring Nancy Szalwinski, Director of Cultural Programs at the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and Ambassador (ret.) Nicholas Burns, Professor at Harvard Kennedy School and Faculty Chair of the Future of Diplomacy Project, which co-sponsors this series. Carla Dirlikov Canales, 2021 Harvard Advanced Leadership Fellow and Arts Envoy for the State Department, moderated the discussion.

News - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

President Bill Clinton Shares Insights on Foreign Policy and Diplomacy

| Apr. 13, 2021

On April 7, the Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center was honored to welcome President Bill Clinton to Harvard as the featured speaker at the inaugural Stephen W. Bosworth Memorial Lecture in Diplomacy. The virtual event featured opening remarks by Harvard President Larry Bacow and a video tribute to the late Ambassador Bosworth, who was an active and beloved member of the Belfer Center community for a number of years. A closing video featured comments by Ambassador Bosworth’s widow, Christine Bosworth, and their grandson.

“I always enjoyed my private conversations with Putin because I could be brutally frank with him ... But it was clear his model for Russian greatness was basically the czars,” former President Bill Clinton (left) told Harvard Kennedy School's Nicholas Burns.

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News - Harvard Gazette

Clinton reflects on foreign policy triumphs and challenges

  • Christina Pazzanese
| Apr. 08, 2021

Former President Bill Clinton gave the inaugural Stephen W. Bosworth Memorial Lecture in Diplomacy in honor of the late, much admired U.S. ambassador on Wednesday. He recalled some of his major foreign policy triumphs and challenges with Russia, China, and North Korea in a conversation with Professor Nicholas Burns.