Trainor Award Ceremony Honoring CIA Director William J. Burns
Trainor Award ceremony honoring Ambassador William J. Burns, director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Ambassador Burns will offer remarks on “Addressing the Global Threat Landscape,” followed by a moderated conversation with Ambassador (ret.) Barbara K. Bodine, distinguished professor in the Practice of Diplomacy and director of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at the School of Foreign Service.
Entry is on a first–come, first-served basis. All Georgetown community members will be asked to present their GU ID. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m. Please enter through the Sellinger Lounge in the Leavey Center. The line will form in the South Gallery hallway near the Faculty Club & Restaurant.
J. Raymond “Jit” Trainor Award
The Trainor Award is presented annually to an outstanding practitioner for distinction in the conduct of diplomacy. The award is named for the late J. Raymond “Jit” Trainor, the much admired former registrar of the School of Foreign Service. The Trainor Trust Fund in his honor is overseen by Frank J. Hogan.
Ambassador William J. Burns
Ambassador Burns is the current Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and immediate past president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the oldest international affairs think tank in the United States. Ambassador Burns retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in 2014 after a thirty-three-year diplomatic career. He holds the highest rank in the Foreign Service, career ambassador, and is only the second serving career diplomat in history to become Deputy Secretary of State.
Prior to his tenure as Deputy Secretary, Ambassador Burns served from 2008 to 2011 as Under Secretary for Political Affairs. He was Ambassador to Russia from 2005 to 2008, Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs from 2001 to 2005, and Ambassador to Jordan from 1998 to 2001. His other posts in the Foreign Service include: Executive Secretary of the State Department and Special Assistant to former Secretaries of State Warren Christopher and Madeleine Albright; Minister-Counselor for Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow; Acting Director and Principal Deputy Director of the State Department’s policy planning staff; and Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Near East and South Asian Affairs at the National Security Council.
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