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U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns visits the Sié Chéou-Kang Center

January 9, 2013  |  Denver, Colorado

Amb BurnsThe Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy welcomed U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns to the Korbel School of International Studies on January 9 to speak to students, faculty and staff at a number of small and large gatherings. Ambassador Burns holds the highest rank in the Foreign Service, Career Ambassador, and became Deputy Secretary of State in July 2011. He is only the second serving career diplomat in history to become Deputy Secretary.

As part of the Public Diplomacy Speaker Series 2012-2013, he spoke to a large audience about current trends and challenges in U.S. foreign policy. Later, he discussed careers in foreign affairs in U.S Government agencies with a small group of Korbel graduate students. Ambassador Burns was well-suited to provide students with career advice, as he previously served as Under Secretary for Political Affairs in the State Department from 2008 until 2011; Ambassador to Russia from 2005 until 2008; Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs from 2001 until 2005; and Ambassador to Jordan from 1998 until 2001. Ambassador Burns has also served in a number of other posts since entering the Foreign Service in 1982, including: Executive Secretary of the State Department and Special Assistant to Secretaries Christopher and Albright; Minister-Counselor for Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow; Acting Director and Principal Deputy Director of the State Department's Policy Planning Staff; and Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Near East and South Asian Affairs at the National Security Council staff.

Ambassador Burns' visit provided a valuable opportunity for graduate students and professors to discuss some of the most pressing foreign policy issues being studied at Korbel today. Students also appreciated the chance to gain professional advice from an active practitioner with a wealth of experience and knowledge regarding a career in diplomacy. Over the next year, his assessment of the top nine trends in U.S. foreign affairs will be watched with keen interest at the Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy.


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