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Ambassador Nicholas Burns Discusses Opportunities and Challenges for the Next U.S. President

October 20, 2016

Memo to the Next President: Challenges for the U.S. in a Complex World

Former U.S. Ambassador to NATO and current U.S. Department of State Foreign Affairs Policy Board Member Nicholas Burns invoked the vision of Senator Henry M. Jackson that America’s strength and defense should be preserved and spoke highly of entrepreneurship in the Pacific Northwest during a lecture at the UW that drew more than 250 students. Burns spoke about global challenges that the next U.S. president will face, including violence in the Middle East and Russia’s threat to the independence of other states. He also expressed optimism for opportunities to alleviate global poverty and advance global health initiatives.

The event was sponsored by the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and the Center for Global Studies at the University of Washington. Contributing speaker Dr. Daniel Chirot is the Herbert J. Ellison Professor of Russian and Eurasian Studies, affiliated with the Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies.