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Johns Hopkins SAIS to host “American Diplomacy in a Disordered World” with U.S. Ambassador (Ret.) William J. Burns

The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) will host a session titled “American Diplomacy in a Disordered World” with former deputy secretary of state, Ambassador William J. Burns, on September 16. This session will feature a discussion on Burns’ latest book, “The Back Channel: A Memoir of American Diplomacy and the Case for Its Renewal.”
Johns Hopkins SAIS Dean Eliot A. Cohen will moderate the discussion with Burns which will address key themes from the book and the following:

  • Importance of international cooperation
  • Balance between military force and diplomacy
  • Future of diplomacy and foreign service

Ambassador William J. Burns
President, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Former Deputy Secretary of State
Eliot A. Cohen
Dean, Johns Hopkins SAIS
Time and Date
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Monday, September 16, 2019
Johns Hopkins SAIS
Kenney-Herter Auditorium
1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036
The event is open to the public and media, with registration. Members of the working press can request to cover the event by selecting "Media" on the online registration form. Final media access will be confirmed at least one day prior to the event. Pre-authorized camera setup will only be permitted from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Please note: Ambassador Burns will not be available for interviews.
Media Contact
Jason Lucas
Communications Manager
Johns Hopkins SAIS
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About the Speaker
William J. Burns is president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in 2014 after a 33-year diplomatic career. He holds the highest rank in the U.S. Foreign Service, career ambassador, and is only the second serving career diplomat in history to become deputy secretary of state. Prior to his tenure as deputy secretary, Ambassador Burns served from 2008 to 2011 as undersecretary for political affairs. He was ambassador to Russia from 2005 to 2008, assistant secretary of state for near eastern affairs from 2001 to 2005, and ambassador to Jordan from 1998 to 2001.
About Johns Hopkins SAIS
A division of Johns Hopkins University, the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is a global institution that offers students an international perspective on today's critical issues. For 75 years, Johns Hopkins SAIS has produced great leaders, thinkers, and practitioners of international relations. Public leaders and private sector executives alike seek the counsel of the faculty, whose ideas and research inform and shape policy. Johns Hopkins SAIS offers a global perspective across three campus locations: Bologna, Italy; Nanjing, China; and Washington, D.C. The school's interdisciplinary curriculum is strongly rooted in the study of international economics, international relations, and regional studies, preparing students to address multifaceted challenges in the world today.
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