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2019 Annual Dinner

  • February 23, 2019


San Diego World Affairs Council

a 501(C)3 nonprofit, nonpartisan organization

is pleased to announce its

2019 Annual Dinner

February 23, 2019 


Ambassador Nicholas Burns

Former Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs

and U.S. Ambassador to NATO & Greece

Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of Diplomacy and International Relations, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Ambassador Nicholas Burns’ distinguished career in the United States Foreign Service spanned 27-years. From 2005-2008 he served as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, where he was in the third-ranking position at the State Department. Ambassador Burns also served as the US Ambassador to NATO (2001-2005), the US Ambassador to Greece (1997-2001), and as the State Department Spokesman for Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and Warren Christopher (1995-1997). Prior to that, he served for five years at the White House (1990-1995) during the collapse of the Soviet Union as a member of the National Security Council staff.

Ambassador Burns is currently the Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of Diplomacy and International Relations at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is also Director of the Aspen Strategy Group and serves on the board of directors for Entegris, Inc. and several non-profit organizations, including the Council on Foreign Relations, Special Olympics, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Atlantic Council.

Professor Burns has received fifteen honorary degrees, the Presidential Distinguished Service Award, the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Award, the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service from the Johns Hopkins University, as well as other awards of distinction. He has a BA in History from Boston College (1978), an MA in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (1980), and the Certificat Pratique de Langue Francaise at the University of Paris-Sorbonne(1977).

Ambassador Burns will address the challenges facing U.S. foreign policy in a changed global environment.

A reception will precede the event, and Ambassador Burns' remarks will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

Further details to follow soon!


*Please note that the viewpoints expressed by speakers at SDWAC events are their own, and do not represent those of SDWAC. As a non-partisan organization, SDWAC seeks to engage speakers who, together, represent a variety of viewpoints across the political spectrum in order to contribute to informed policy discussion and a meaningful exchange of ideas within the San Diego community.


Mailing Address

San Diego World Affairs Council (SDWAC)

PO Box 34010

San Diego, CA 92163


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