As an American diplomat for more than three decades, William J. Burns played a role in several historic moments, including the end of the Cold War, the conflicts in the Middle East after 9/11, and the secret nuclear talks with Iran. In his book The Back Channel, Burns’ stories of his career, backed up by newly declassified cables and memos, reaffirm the importance of diplomacy.
AU professor Jordan Tama will moderate a discussion with Ambassador Burns about the book and his varied experiences within the foreign service. An audience Q&A will follow the discussion. Books will be sold on site, and Ambassador Burns will sign books after the discussion.