We are confronting the most serious crises since the Second World War: a deadly pandemic, devastating recessions, racial inequality, and white supremacy and insurrection here in the United States. We need to repair our divisions at home. We also need to re-engage with the rest of the world on multiple fronts from climate change to trade and the defense of democracy.
Ambassador Nicholas Burns has spent four decades representing the United States overseas and teaching about America’s role as the indispensable power in the international arena. For much of that time, the nation leaned heavily on its unmatched military might—during the Cold War, after 9/11, and in the Afghan and Iraq wars. We have new challenges today. It is time for diplomacy to play the key role in reconstructing a more stable and better world.
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