William J. Burns’ 33 years as a diplomat included stints as ambassador to Russia and deputy secretary of state. He joins host Krys Boyd to talk about the continued importance of “soft power” in the wake of President Trump’s call for a 23 percent cut in State Department funding. Burns’ new book is called “The Back Channel: A Memoir of American Diplomacy and the Case for Its Renewal” (Random House).
U.S. State Department Under Secretary For Political Affairs Wendy Sherman testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 29, 2014, on the P5 + 1 negotiations with Iran. The Obama administration is refusing to impose a hard deadline for a deal with Iran to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons. Susan Walsh/AP Photo