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Burns addresses foreign policy challenges

Monday, March 23, 2009, 4:30 p.m. Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall

Veteran diplomat William Burns, undersecretary of political affairs at the U.S. State Department, will examine "Foreign Policy Challenges Facing the New Administration" at 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 23, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

Burns holds the rank of career ambassador -- the highest in the U.S. Foreign Service -- and was appointed to his current role in the State Department in May 2008.

Burns served as 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 until 2001. He has held numerous other posts since entering the Foreign Service in 1982. Burns has received two Presidential Distinguished Service Awards and several State Department awards for his service.

The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

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