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President-Elect Joe Biden's Cabinet Picks

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Analysis & Opinions - PRI's The World

The future of the State Department

| Nov. 24, 2020

As President-elect Joe Biden announces his picks for the State Department's top positions, experts are making recommendations for how the department needs to change. As The World's Rupa Shenoy reports, many blame the Trump administration for the agency’s current status of profound crisis. But they say the problems are structural and began long before the current president took office.

Nicholas Burns

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Analysis & Opinions - MSNBC

NYT reports Pres. Trump sought options for attacking Iran

| Nov. 17, 2020

Nick Burns, former U.S. Ambassador to NATO and Peter Baker join Andrea Mitchell to discuss the national security threats that accompany the stalled transition and the New York Times' new reporting on President Trump seeking military action against Iran's main nuclear site. "If we launched a military attack on any target in Iran, what we know about the Iranians is they do hit back," Amb. Burns says. "They could try to kidnap or kill American citizens anywhere in the world. They’ve done that in the past.”

America needs to invest more in diplomacy

Nick Lowndes

Analysis & Opinions - The Economist

America needs to invest more in diplomacy

| Nov. 17, 2020

WHO WILL run the world in 2021? International institutions such as the United Nations have been weakened by great-power rivalry. Russia will be a spoiler, not a leader. In Europe, Boris Johnson will have his hands full with the aftermath of Brexit, Germany’s Angela Merkel will leave the stage and France’s Emmanuel Macron has limited means to pursue his grand ideas. China is the rising superpower, and an increasingly assertive one, but not yet keen, let alone able, to take on the burdens of world leadership. The question is whether America, under President Joe Biden, will be prepared to step back into the role.

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Presentation - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Presentation: A U.S. Diplomatic Service for the 21st Century

On November 17, Ambassadors Nicholas Burns, Marc Grossman, and Marcie Ries officially launched their report, “A U.S. Diplomatic Service for the 21st Century,”published as part of the American Diplomacy Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School.  These distinguished career Foreign Service Officers, and report co-authors, shared their recommendations on how to rebuild, reform, and reimagine the U.S. Foreign Service so that America can have the strongest and most effective diplomatic service to defend our country and advance its interests.