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Nicholas Burns is a professor of the practice of diplomacy and international politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He was Special Assistant to President Bill Clinton and Senior Director for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia Affairs in the National Security Council and Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs in the Geroge W. Bush administration.

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A Cold War Lesson for Iran

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 4:27 PM

This article also appears in the Boston Globe

Last week's death of former Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze brought well-deserved tributes for his central role in bringing the Cold War to a peaceful end. After Mikhail Gorbachev was named Soviet leader in 1985, Shevardnadze became his strongest supporter...

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Where is America When the World Needs it Most?

(4) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 5:05 PM

Vladimir Putin's campaign to divide, destabilize, and dismantle Ukraine has reached a new phase with this week's surge of violence in the pivotal Black Sea port of Odessa. As bands of armed ethnic Russian brigands battle Ukrainian government security forces in cities big and small throughout eastern Ukraine, the stakes...

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NATO Should Return to Bush's Missile Defense in Europe

(23) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 3:32 PM

This article also appears in the Boston Globe.

This week's ethnic Russian demonstrations in Eastern Ukraine, fistfights in the Ukrainian parliament, and the image of a country unraveling are all too predictable. They are right out of Putin's Crimea playbook from a month ago. And just as in Crimea, we...

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Putin Took Crimea Because He Could

(16) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 1:04 PM

This article also appears in the Boston Globe.

Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine is nearing the end of Act One with this weekend's trumped-up Crimean referendum for reunification with mother Russia. As we look ahead to Acts Two and Three, what have we learned so far?

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Putin's Clever Game of Chess

(4) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 2:00 PM

This article appears on March 4 in the Boston Globe.

Russia has produced innumerable chess grandmasters, and its president for life, Vladimir Putin, is no exception. Picture him brooding silently over the geopolitical chessboard as he planned his latest move -- the weekend's swift, stunning,...

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Ukraine: La renaissance de la guerre froide?

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 11:12 AM

Nicholas Burns est professeur de pratique diplomatique et de politique internationale à la Kennedy School of Government de Harvard. Il était adjoint spécial et directeur principal des affaires russes, ukrainiennes et eurasiennes au sein du National Security Council sous le président Clinton et sous-secrétaire d'État des questions politiques pendant l'administration...

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Ukraine: la renaissance de la guerre froide?

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 9:23 AM

Nicholas Burns est professeur de pratique diplomatique et de politique internationale à la Kennedy School of Government de Harvard. Il était adjoint spécial et directeur principal des affaires russes, ukrainiennes et eurasiennes au sein du National Security Council sous le président Clinton et sous-secrétaire d'État des questions politiques pendant l'administration...

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Will Ukraine Revive Cold War Passions?

(3) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 10:51 AM

Nicholas Burns is a professor of the practice of diplomacy and international politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He was special assistant to President Bill Clinton and senior director for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia Affairs in the National Security Council and undersecretary of state for political affairs in the...

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