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Nicholas Burns in
Hampden-Sydney College.
Photo by H-SC Photos, via flicker

Nicholas Burns at Senate confirmation hearing
on October 20, 2021. Photo by Jennifer Hansler, CNN

Official portrait of R. Nicholas Burns, Under The US Senate on Thursday,
Secretary for Political Affairs. Photo by Ann Thomas December 17th confirmed
veteran diplomat Nicholas Burns
"If you're looking for a bipartisan person to as ambassador to Beijing, filling a
put in a position, this is your guy," said Jim position vacant for more than a year.
Risch, the top Republican on the Senate Foreign The Senate voted 75-18 to approve
Relations Committee. "He's done an outstanding Burns in an ongoing confirmation
job, has an outstanding reputation amongst the that took place after Senator Marco
cadre of ambassadors." Rubio lifted objections.
Immediately prior to confirmation, Ambassador
Nicholas Burns, a respected former career Affairs, Ambassador to NATO and to Greece,
member of the Foreign Service, served as State Department Spokesman, and on the
Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and National Security Council staff on Soviet
International Relations at Harvard University's and Russian Affairs. As Under Secretary, he
Kennedy School of Government. He also served worked with the Chinese government on issues
as Executive Director of the Aspen Strategy as diverse as Afghanistan, United Nations
Group and Security Forum and Senior Counselor Sanctions against Iran, North Korea, and
at the Cohen Group.  U.S. policy in the Indo-Pacific. At the Aspen
During his State Department career, Burns Strategy Group, he organized a policy dialogue
served as Under Secretary of State for Political with the Chinese government's Central Party
School.  He has taught, written, and spoken on
current U.S.-China relations. Burns earned his
B.A. degree from Boston College and an M.A.
from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced
International Studies. His numerous awards
include a Presidential Distinguished Service
Award and the Secretary of State’s Distinguished
Service Award. He speaks fluent French and has
familiarity with Arabic and Greek.

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