On Thursday, the United States Senate approved the appointment of William Burns, the former US ambassador to Russia, as the new director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
The Senate voted in favor of Burns’ appointment unanimously, and Burns is expected to be sworn in soon.
Referred to. William Burns is a veteran diplomat who has worked in the US State Department for 33 years and specializes in Russia and the Middle East.
Burns was Deputy Secretary of State from 2011 to 2014, and before that he was ambassador to Russia between 2005 – 2008, Assistant Secretary of State for Middle East Affairs from 2001 to 2005, and Ambassador to Jordan from 1998 to 2001.
Since leaving diplomatic service in 2014, Burns was chairing the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Challenges facing the new position
It is reported that the “Washington Post” newspaper indicated that among the main challenges facing Burns in the position of director The CIA will have an understanding of the issues related to China, which Burns is not an expert on, unlike news On Russia and the Middle East affairs.
Burns should, according to the report, abandon the behavior of the diplomat, as he will have to present facts.