President’s Forum: Ambassador William Burns

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Josette Sheeran and Ambassador William Burns

Join us for one of Asia Society’s longest-standing traditions — the President’s Forum series — with Ambassador William J. Burns, President of the Carnegie Endowment of International Peace and one of the most respected American diplomats of his time. He holds the highest rank in the Foreign Service, career ambassador, and is only the second serving career diplomat in history to become Deputy Secretary of State. Prior to his tenure as deputy secretary, he served from 2008 to 2011 as Under Secretary for Political Affairs. He was Ambassador to Russia from 2005 to 2008, Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern affairs from 2001 to 2005, and Ambassador to Jordan from 1998 to 2001. He was a key figure in the diplomacy that led to the Iran nuclear agreement, brokered ceasefires between Israelis and Palestinians; a strategic partnership with India; a reset in U.S.-Russia relations; and the elimination of Libya’s illicit arms program. He has earned virtually every honor bestowed upon American diplomats.


Josette Sheeran is President and CEO of the Asia Society, and also serves as the UN Special Envoy to Haiti. She is former vice chair of the World Economic Forum, and Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme. She served as a diplomat and negotiator for the United States, including as U.S. Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business, and Agricultural Affairs, and as Deputy U.S. Trade Representative.


Asia Society’s signature series “President’s Forum” began three decades ago, in which the president of Asia Society interviews prominent guests on a broad range of Asian and Asian-American topics, including politics, economics, culture, and the media. Past guests include: Yo-Yo Ma, David Henry Hwang, I.M. Pei, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, David Rockefeller, Kofi Annan, Amartya Sen, Joseph Stiglitz, Indra Nooyi, Nicholas Kristof, and many more. President’s Forum programs are made possible through the generous support of the Hazen Polsky Foundation.

Event Details

Wed 30 Oct 2019
6:30 - 8 p.m.

Asia Society
725 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021

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