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DescriptionBoston College Alumni Magazine article.
Published in the Winter of 2003 (exact date unknown).

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"Perhaps the only thing Shultz, Christopher, Berger, Rice, Powell, Clinton, and two George Bushes have in common is that they've all trusted Nicholas Burns '78

At the age of 47, at a point when most Foreign Service colleagues of his generation are still laboring as regional desk officers in Washington or deputy chiefs of mission in modest U.S. embassies abroad, R. Nicholas Burns ’78 is already in his fourth high-profile job. Since August 2001, Burns has been the U.S. ambassador to NATO, and as such he is a significant player in the arenas of American foreign policy that seem to matter most now: the twin struggles against the terrorists of Al Qaeda and Iraq’s Saddam Hussein."

" When he is asked to say whether he is registered as a Democrat or a Republican, he replies that in the state of Virginia, where he votes, he is not required to declare a party affiliation.

“This is a very delicate matter,” he says with gravity, at pains not to be misunderstood. “I’ve worked for two Bushes and one Clinton at fairly high levels. I think it is important to give presidents that objectivity—for them to have a core group of professionals who won’t twist in the political winds.”
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