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Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations


The federal government shutdown has done serious harm to the public and threatens to create even more havoc as it veers toward a once unthinkable US default next week. Its effects have also been felt around the globe, as America’s allies and adversaries wonder how in the world we got ourselves into this mess. Professor Burns expands on how our deleterious domestic infighting is affecting our image--and ability to engage effectively--abroad.


Burns, Nicholas. "Shutdown Diminishes US as a Global Power." Boston Globe, October 9, 2013.