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Fmr. Dep. Sec. of State to Address American Diplomacy in a Changing International Landscape

Monday, October 8, 2018  
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Kansas City, MO (October 8, 2018) – Ambassador William J. Burns, former deputy secretary of state and U.S. ambassador to Russia, will offer a keynote address on “American Diplomacy in a Changing International Landscape” as part of the International Relations Council’s 2018 Global Honors Evening on Thursday, November 1.

Currently president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the oldest international affairs think tank in the United States, Amb. Burns retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in 2014 after a 33-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. As part of the Global Honors Evening, Amb. Burns will be presented the Distinguished Service Award for International Statesmanship, an honor conferred annually on dignitaries and thought leaders who have made outstanding contributions in international commerce, diplomacy, and education. Past recipients include Richard Myers (2017), Janet Napolitano (2014), and Madeleine Albright (2006).

Each year since 1984, the IRC has recognized individuals and organizations for contributions to foreign policy and global affairs, international commerce, or the Kansas City community. At the 2018 event, to be held from 5:30-9 p.m. at the InterContinental Hotel, the City of Kansas City, Missouri, will also be recognized for its contributions to the community. The celebration will include cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and dessert, live entertainment, special recognitions, and the chance to meet some of Kansas City's most notable and beloved global citizens.

Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 / InterContinental Hotel / 401 Ward Parkway / Kansas City, Missouri 64112

5:30 p.m. Registration and reception with cocktails and appetizers. Meet-and-greet reception for VIP guests.
7:00 Program with keynote by Ambassador Bill Burns – theatre-style seating (no tables)
8:30 Coffee and dessert reception

Registration is now open for individual tickets and event sponsorships ». For more information, please contact Matthew Hughes, executive director of the International Relations Council, at or 816-423-2632.

About the IRC
The International Relations Council works in partnership with businesses, universities, community organizations, and K-12 schools to bring a global perspective to our community. We bring world leaders and dignitaries to the metro region, host forums for high-school students to interact with and learn from foreign-policy experts, and create opportunities for area business leaders to strengthen relationships abroad. Learn more at