September 8, 2017 Lunch:
Former Deputy Director, CIA, and Former Deputy National Security Advisor
Multilateral Frameworks for Protecting the US Against Asymmetric Threats
Avril Haines was the first woman to be deputy director of the CIA. In this position, she exercised all the powers of the CIA’s director in his absence, including overseeing CIA reports to policymakers and supervising covert operations such as targeted drone killings. Haines then served as deputy National Security advisor to President Obama from January 2015 to January 2017. She has also been deputy chief counsel for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, under then chair Joe Biden, and served as a legal adviser in the Department of State. Earlier in her career, Haines ran a bookstore-café in Baltimore and served as president of the Fell’s Point Business Association. .
September 27, 2017 Lunch:
Former Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs and Professor of Diplomacy and International Relation, Harvard University
American National Security in the Trump Era
Nicholas Burns was Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs from 2005-8. In this position, he was lead US negotiator on Iran’s nuclear program, on the US-India Civil Nuclear Arrangement, and on a long term military assistance program for Israel. During his 27 years as a diplomat, Burns served in US embassies in Mauritania and Egypt, at the US consulate in Jerusalem, and as US ambassador to Greece and to NATO. As the Cold War was ending, Burns was director of Soviet, then Russian, affairs at the State Department and then at the National Security Council, where he was special assistant to President Clinton on Russia, Ukraine, and the other former Soviet republics. He is currently professor of diplomacy and international relations at Harvard’s Kennedy School. Burns serves on our board of directors, as well as on the boards of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Atlantic Council, the Special Olympics, and several other nonprofit organizations. He has received honorary degrees from 12 American universities, as well as numerous other honors.