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This article originally appeared on Atlantic Council. Syria presents newly minted US National Security Advisor John Bolton with his first foreign policy crisis. On April 9, hours after US President Donald J. Trump vowed Bashar al-Assad's regime will pay a "big price" for an alleged chemical weapons attack ...
"He was a practitioner, sometimes along with others, of sledgehammer diplomacy, a take-it-or-leave-it approach to diplomacy," said R. Nicholas Burns, who as under secretary sparred regularly with Mr. Bolton. Mr. Burns argued for compromise and patient work with allies. "You can't just default to ... John Bolton

"He was a practitioner, sometimes along with others, of sledgehammer diplomacy, a take-it-or-leave-it approach to diplomacy," said Mr R. Nicholas Burns, who as undersecretary sparred regularly with Mr Bolton. Mr Burns argued for compromise and patient work with allies. "You can't just default to ... John Bolton
Former U.S. Ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization R. Nicholas Burns '78, H'02, now a professor at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, will deliver the keynote remarks during a dinner for participants on Saturday night. This is the 13th Meeting of the Minds Conference, which the ACCAC organizes as ... John Bolton
WASHINGTON — President Trump has been commander in chief for 14 months, but to an uncanny degree, he still sounds like the armchair statesman who ran for the White House in 2016. “I want to get out,” Mr. Trump said of the United States' military engagement in Syria, at a news conference on ... John Bolton
“His support for the Paris climate accord and the Iran nuclear deal, and his conception of having talks about talks with North Korea, I thought all of those were correct,” said R. Nicholas Burns, a former career foreign service officer who was once Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's right-hand man. “But he ... John Bolton

But the Kremlin, which has steadfastly denied the accusations, ignored the deadline and said Britain had not given it enough time to respond to May's request. "Judgment day for Donald Trump", R. Nicholas Burns, a former United States ambassador to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, tweeted after the ... John Bolton
"Judgment day for Donald Trump," R. Nicholas Burns, a former US ambassador to NATO, tweeted after the UK announced the measures it was taking to penalize Russia. "Will he support Britain unequivocally on the nerve agent attack? Back #NATO sanctions? Finally criticize Putin? Act like a leader of the ... John Bolton
The event was moderated by former Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter, who now works at the Kennedy School, and Professor R. Nicholas Burns. Sawers began his talk with a discussion of geopolitics and the merits of the Western model, moving on to argue that the U.S. and the U.K. are no longer the ... John Bolton
David W. Miliband, president and CEO of the International Refugee Committee, discussed the global refugee crisis with Kennedy School professor R. Nicholas Burns at an Institute of Politics event Thursday evening. At the event, entitled “The Refugee Crisis and What Can Be Done About It,” Miliband and ... John Bolton
As founder and faculty director of the Future of Diplomacy Project, Kennedy School Professor R. Nicholas Burns first invited Powell to the Belfer Center. He said his decision to bring Powell to the Kennedy School was motivated by her experience in public service and her unique background. “We wanted to ... John Bolton
R. Nicholas Burns, a former American ambassador to NATO now at Harvard, said, “It is a mistake for the U.S. to make this an issue.” The real task is getting Europeans to spend more efficiently and usefully on defense, he said, given the threats from Russia. “But the E.U. is incapable of creating a competitive ... John Bolton
McEldowney, along with former ambassador R. Nicholas Burns, joined On Point Tuesday to talk about Tillerson's leadership of the State Department. They had dire warnings about his tenure. Within 48 hours, Washington was abuzz with news that it was about to come to an end. The Times report said ... John Bolton
Pritzker also criticized Trump's stances on trade policy, described by Kennedy School professor R. Nicholas Burns—who moderated the event—as a potential “revolution in trade.” Trump has repeatedly criticized the North American Free Trade Agreement and withdrew the United States from the ... John Bolton
The presidency of Donald Trump is challenging nothing less than the foundation of American democracy, says R. Nicholas Burns, a former U.S. ambassador and undersecretary of state for President George W. Bush. “That generation between 1945 and the last couple years produced, despite all the ... John Bolton
R. Nicholas Burns celebrated his 17th birthday the day after the signing of the 1973 Paris Peace Accords that formally ended the Vietnam War. At his birthday party, he could hear the church bells of his hometown, Wellesley, Mass., ringing. “We were delivered of this terrible war,” he said, reflecting on the ... John Bolton
“From a foreign policy perspective, it's a colossal mistake — an abdication of American leadership,” said R. Nicholas Burns, a retired career diplomat and an under secretary of state for President George W. Bush. “The success of our foreign policy — in trade, military, any other kind of negotiation — depends ... John Bolton

Former U.S. Ambassador to NATO and Under Secretary of State R. Nicholas Burns '78, H'02, whose distinguished career in international diplomacy spanned four presidential administrations, will be the featured speaker at the University's Laetare Sunday celebration on March 26 in Conte Forum. Laetare Sunday marks the ... John Bolton
Others said McMaster's expected dismissal, along with the anticipated firings of the others, would further devastate White House morale. “You can imagine how people lower down feel,” said R. Nicholas Burns, a professor at Harvard Kennedy School and a former diplomat who worked for presidents of both ... John Bolton
“Judgment day for Donald Trump,” R. Nicholas Burns, a former ambassador to NATO and an undersecretary of state under President George W. Bush, wrote on Twitter. Referring to President Vladimir Putin of Russia, he added: “Will he support Britain unequivocally on the nerve agent attack? Back #NATO ... John Bolton
In response, many up-and-coming midcareer diplomats were fired or quit, causing R. Nicholas Burns, a former senior State Department official now at Harvard, and another diplomat, Ryan C. Crocker, to warn of the “dismantling of the foreign service,” which is facing “its greatest crisis” at a time “when we ... John Bolton
“Judgment day for Donald Trump,” R. Nicholas Burns, a former ambassador to NATO and an under secretary of state under President George W. Bush, wrote on Twitter. “Will he support Britain unequivocally on the nerve agent attack? Back #NATO sanctions? Finally criticize Putin? Act like a leader of the ... John Bolton
“You can imagine how people lower down feel,” said R. Nicholas Burns, a professor at Harvard Kennedy School and a former diplomat who worked for presidents of both parties. “They don't know what is going to happen from one day to the next. They don't know if their boss is going to be fired or not. John Bolton
Speakers included Michael B. Froman, who was the U.S. Trade Representative during the Obama administration, and Kennedy School Professor R. Nicholas Burns. Burns previously served as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs from 2005 to 2008. A recurring theme at the event—entitled “The ... John Bolton
But the Twitter posts have already devalued the president's words, argues R. Nicholas Burns, a former career diplomat and ambassador to NATO, who teaches at Harvard and worked with Hillary Clinton's campaign. “These are statements of the president, of the U.S. government, so the tweets are important ... John Bolton
Former U.S. Ambassador to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation R. Nicholas Burns sharply criticized United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley and President Donald Trump for bullying countries that voted to criticize the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Despite Haley's threats-and her ... John Bolton
Former U.S. Ambassador to NATO R. Nicholas Burns sharply criticized U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley and President Donald Trump for bullying countries that voted to criticize the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. “I'm kind of surprised that Ambassador Haley is doing this,” Burns told ... John Bolton
"We are witnessing the most significant departure of diplomatic talent in generations," former diplomats R. Nicholas Burns and Ryan C. Crocker wrote in a Times op-ed last month. The American Foreign Service Association released employment data in November that appears to support that claim. John Bolton
McEldowney, along with former ambassador R. Nicholas Burns, joined On Point Tuesday to talk about Tillerson's leadership of the State Department. They had dire warnings about his tenure. Within 48 hours, Washington was abuzz with news that it was about to come to an end. The Times report said ... John Bolton
On Point. 47:16Feb 11, 2018. "This is not reform," former ambassador R. Nicholas Burns said [CLIP]. "This is dismantlement." Guests: Nancy McEldowney, director of the masters program at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, former ambassador to Bulgaria and charge d'affaires and deputy ... John Bolton
Pritzker also criticized Trump's stances on trade policy, described by Kennedy School professor R. Nicholas Burns—who moderated the event—as a potential “revolution in trade.” Trump has repeatedly criticized the North American Free Trade Agreement and withdrew the United States from the ... John Bolton
The presidency of Donald Trump is challenging nothing less than the foundation of American democracy, says R. Nicholas Burns, a former U.S. ambassador and undersecretary of state for President George W. Bush. “That generation between 1945 and the last couple years produced, despite all the ... John Bolton
R. Nicholas Burns celebrated his 17th birthday the day after the signing of the 1973 Paris Peace Accords that formally ended the Vietnam War. At his birthday party, he could hear the church bells of his hometown, Wellesley, Mass., ringing. “We were delivered of this terrible war,” he said, reflecting on the ... John Bolton
R. Nicholas Burns celebrated his 17th birthday the day after the signing of the 1973 Paris Peace Accords that formally ended the Vietnam War. At his birthday party, he could hear the church bells of his hometown, Wellesley, Mass., ringing. “We were delivered of this terrible war,” he said, reflecting on the ... John Bolton
“It's an extraordinarily unusual situation for the Foreign Service,” said R. Nicholas Burns, who served as undersecretary of state for political affairs in the George W. Bush administration, traditionally the top-ranking position for career diplomats. “They pride themselves on being nonpartisan. You serve each ... John Bolton
“From a foreign policy perspective, it's a colossal mistake — an abdication of American leadership,” said R. Nicholas Burns, a retired career diplomat and an under secretary of state for President George W. Bush. “The success of our foreign policy — in trade, military, any other kind of negotiation — depends ... John Bolton
Former U.S. Ambassador to NATO and Under Secretary of State R. Nicholas Burns '78, H'02, whose distinguished career in international diplomacy spanned four presidential administrations, was the featured speaker at the University's Laetare Sunday celebration on March 26 in Conte Forum. He also ... John Bolton
Former U.S. Ambassador to NATO and Under Secretary of State R. Nicholas Burns '78, H'02, whose distinguished career in international diplomacy spanned four presidential administrations, will be the featured speaker at the University's Laetare Sunday celebration on March 26 in Conte Forum. Laetare Sunday marks the ... John Bolton
R. Nicholas Burns is the Roy and Barbara Goodman family professor of diplomacy and international politics at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He founded and directs the school's Future of Diplomacy Project and is faculty chair for programs on the Middle East and South Asia. Prior to Harvard, Burns served for ... John Bolton
“There's plainly significant numbness here and some significant blind sides,” Mr. Gaspard said. R. Nicholas Burns, a profession negotiator who was envoy to NATO and an undersecretary of state for political undertakings amid George W. Shrub's administration, said the comments had made genuine harm. John Bolton
R. Nicholas Burns, a career diplomat who was ambassador to NATO and an undersecretary of state for political affairs during George W. Bush's presidency, said the remarks had created real damage. “Of all the vile, offensive Trump statements, what he said about Haiti and Africa might have been the worst ... John Bolton
R. Nicholas Burns, a former State Department official and professor at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, shrewdly tweeted, “Irony of Trump threatening to cut aid to Palestinians—it is Bibi's government that supports a one state solution in clear opposition to long-standing U.S. policy.” Israel benefits ... John Bolton
Former U.S. Ambassador to NATO R. Nicholas Burns sharply criticized U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley and President Donald Trump for bullying countries that voted to criticize the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. “I'm kind of surprised that Ambassador Haley is doing this,” Burns told ... John Bolton
"We are witnessing the most significant departure of diplomatic talent in generations," former diplomats R. Nicholas Burns and Ryan C. Crocker wrote in a Times op-ed last month. The American Foreign Service Association released employment data in November that appears to support that claim. John Bolton
McEldowney, along with former ambassador R. Nicholas Burns, joined On Point Tuesday to talk about Tillerson's leadership of the State Department. They had dire warnings about his tenure. Within 48 hours, Washington was abuzz with news that it was about to come to an end. The Times report said ... John Bolton
Russia's leaders protested vehemently and warned that the West's unauthorized action established a dangerous, destabilizing international precedent. Washington rebuffed their complaints, arguing that the Kosovo situation was unique. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs R. Nicholas Burns made ... John Bolton
“The United States is at the center of every crisis around the world, and you simply cannot be effective if you don't have assistant secretaries and ambassadors in place,” R. Nicholas Burns, former under secretary of state for President George W. Bush, said. “It shows a disdain for diplomacy.” “These people ... John Bolton
... Balce Ceneta/AP). We were be joined by two former ambassadors to talk about Rex Tillerson's State Department: Diplomats pushed out, empty desks, morale rock-bottom. Is American diplomacy in freefall? "This is not reform," former ambassador R. Nicholas Burns said [CLIP]. "This is dismantlement." ... John Bolton
R. Nicholas Burns, who served as undersecretary of state for political affairs in George W. Bush's administration, said exhausting the diplomatic ... John Bolton
Former United States Secretary of Commerce Penny S. Pritzker (R) and Kennedy School Professor R. Nicholas Burns (L) discuss current ... John Bolton


 

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