The Atlantic August 23, 2019 HKS Authors See citation below for complete author information. Nicholas Burns Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations Abstract For the first time in its history, NATO does not have a strong, principled American leader to guide it. Citation Burns, Nicholas. "The Lasting Lesson of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact." The Atlantic, August 23, 2019.