President, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Daimler Foreign Policy Forum - Class of Fall 2020
Ambassador Bill Burns is president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and author of The Back Channel: A Memoir of American Diplomacy and the Case for its Renewal. He retired from the US Foreign Service in 2014 after a 33-year diplomatic career. He holds the highest rank in the foreign service, Career Ambassador, and is only the second serving career diplomat in history to become Deputy Secretary of State. Prior to his tenure as deputy secretary, Ambassador Burns served as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, from 2008 to 2011, Ambassador to Russia from 2005 to 2008, Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs from 2001 to 2005, and Ambassador to Jordan from 1998 to 2001.