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American Diplomacy in a Disordered World

Hosted by the Department of Government

PAN.G.01, Pankhurst House, United Kingdom

Speaker

William J. Burns

William J. Burns

Chair

Christopher Coker

Christopher Coker

Over the course of more than three decades as an American diplomat, William J. Burns played a central role in the most consequential diplomatic episodes of his time—from the bloodless end of the Cold War to the collapse of relations with Putin’s Russia, from post–9/11 tumult in the Middle East to the secret nuclear talks with Iran. Burns draws on a treasure trove of newly declassified cables and memos to offer rare insight into US diplomacy in action. He illuminates the back channels of his profession, and its value in a world that resembles neither the zero-sum Cold War of his early career, nor the ‘unipolar moment’ of American primacy that followed.

Ambassador William J Burns is author of ‘The Back Channel: A Memoir of American Diplomacy and the Case for its Renewal’ and president of the Carnegie Endowment for Peace (@CarnegieEndow). He retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in 2014 after a thirty-three year diplomatic career.

Christopher Coker is Professor of International Relations at the LSE and Director of IDEAS, LSE’s foreign policy think tank.

This event is co-hosted by the LSE Department of Government and the School of Public Policy

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