LIVE FROM AMERICA: US Election Preview and Foreign Policy
in conjunction with AmCham Australia
While much of the world has come to a standstill in response to the global Coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 Presidential Election in the United States moves ahead full throttle.
Join AmCham CEO April Palmerlee in discussion with Nelson Cunningham, McLarty President and longtime Biden insider, as well as Amb. Rick Burt, McLarty Managing Partner and well-known Republican foreign affairs strategist, as they break down the US political process, impacts of the pandemic and response, and what this means for US foreign policy moving forward. Nelson and Amb. Burt will also be joined by John Mullen, Senior Advisor for Australia, New Zealand, and Asia Pacific matters, who will review the strength of the US-Australia alliance through Republican and Democratic Administrations
Nelson Cunningham, President and Co-Founder
Nelson Cunningham first worked for Joe Biden over two decades ago, when he came to Washington to serve as Biden's General Counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Over the past year, Nelson has been deeply involved in the Biden campaign, serving as an outside advisor on trade and foreign policy issues. He served on the Obama-Biden transition team in 2008 and has also advised every Democratic presidential campaign since 2004 on foreign policy and trade matters.
Prior to co-founding McLarty Associates in 1998, Mr. Cunningham served in the White House as Special Advisor to President Clinton on Western Hemisphere affairs and as General Counsel at the White House Office of Administration. Nelson Cunningham holds a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Stanford University.
Amb. Rick Burt, Managing Partner and Eurasia Director
Amb. Rick Burt was a political appointee in senior foreign policy roles in the Reagan and George HW Bush administrations. He served as US Ambassador to Germany and Assistant Secretary of State for Europe under President Ronald Reagan, and under President George H.W. Bush was chief negotiator for the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START I) between the United States and the Soviet Union. Later, Ambassador Burt was a top national security advisor to John McCain's 2000 and 2008 presidential campaigns. He was also a one-time advisor to Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.
He worked for a decade with McKinsey and early in his career was a New York Times reporter. He holds a B.A. from Cornell University and an M.A. from the Fletcher School at Tufts.
John Mullen, Senior Advisor, Australia and New Zealand, McLarty AssociatesDate: 3rd July
John Mullen advises clients on trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific and is the lead for matters involving Australia and New Zealand. Mr. Mullen was inducted into the NZ Order of Merit as Officer (ONZM) in 2010 by Prime Minister John Key. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University, teaching a course in the School of Foreign Service on trade in the Asia-Pacific.
Previously, Mr. Mullen served at high levels of USAID, in positions such as Acting General Counsel and Assistant Administrator for Private Enterprise and was a Special Assistant to Secretary of State Eagleburger. Mr. Mullen holds a J.D. from Harvard, a M.Comp.L from the University of Chicago Law School, and a B.S. in economics from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
Time: 12.00 noon to 1.00pm NZ time
Webinar: Link to attend the webinar will be sent after registrations have closed.