As a former career Foreign Service officer, Ambassador Nicholas Burns spent four decades of his professional life representing the United States overseas and teaching about America’s role as the indispensable power in the international arena. For much of that time, the nation leaned heavily on its unmatched military might—during the Cold War, after 9/11, and in the Afghan and Iraq wars. Now, with the spread of the coronavirus to every inhabited continent, diplomacy’s time has come in the reconstruction of a more stable and better world.


Burns, Nicholas. "The Indispensable Power: On Restoring American Leadership through Diplomacy." Harvard Magazine. July-August 2020.