American diplomat and academic
According to Wikipedia,
Robert Nicholas Burns is an American diplomat and academic who serves as the United States ambassador to China since 2022. Burns has had a 25 year career in the State Department, and served as United States Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. Appointed by President George W. Bush, he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 17, 2005, and was sworn into office by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. As under secretary, he oversaw the bureaus responsible for U.S. policy in each region of the world and served in the senior career Foreign Service position at the Department. He retired on April 30, 2008. He was a visiting scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., in summer 2008. In July 2009, Burns joined The Cohen Group, a consulting firm in Washington, D.C, as a senior counselor.
R. Nicholas Burns is affiliated with the following schools: