Nicholas Burns, a career foreign service officer, is Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is Faculty Chair of the schools Middle East Initiative, India & South Asia Program, and is the director of the Future of Diplomacy Project. After 27 years of service in the U.S. Foreign Service, he retired in April 2008 as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, the third-ranking official in the State Department. Prior to that, he was Ambassador to NATO (2001-2005), Ambassador to Greece (1997-2001), State Department Spokesman (1995-1997), and worked on the National Security Council staff (1990-1997). Currently, Burns is Director of the Aspen Strategy Group and a senior counselor at the Cohen Group. He also writes a bi-weekly foreign affairs column for the Boston Globe and is a senior foreign affairs columnist for GlobalPost.
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The stakes are just too high for the United States to sit on the sidelines.
Nicholas Burns gave his assessment of U.S. options for dealing with Syrias reported use of chemical weapons in Syria.
Americas global leadership role requires us to meet the most dangerous and difficult challenges. A Syrian dictator using chemical weapons is one.
Syrias civil war is exacting an appalling toll on millions of suffering civilians. The carnage is so brutal that the United States and others must act quickly to prevent the country from descending into even further chaos.
One of the toughest calls to make in diplomacy is when to compromise with anti-democratic leaders like Putin. While progress on Iran and Syria is a long shot, he may be our best choice.