Election 2020 Preview: A Bipartisan Perspective


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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 is moving ahead full throttle. In five months, we’ll know who will serve as the next President. Join Nelson Cunningham, McLarty President and longtime Biden insider, as well as Ambassador 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 key implications for businesses.

About the guest speakers:

Nelson Cunningham, President and Co-Founder, McLarty Associates 
Nelson 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. He is a member of the Secretary of State’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board, the State Department Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy, and past chairman of the Export-Import Bank’s Advisory Committee. He also serves as President of the American Security Project, Vice Chair of the Business Council for International Understanding and of the Institute of the Americas; and is past Chair of NDN’s Latin America Policy Initiative. He is an active member of the boards of the Atlantic Council and the US-India Business Council, and is a member of the Yale President’s Council on International Activities, the Council of the Americas, and the Council on Foreign Relations.

Mr. Cunningham is a magna cum laude graduate of Yale College and Stanford Law School, where he served as editor of the Stanford Law Review. He previously spoke to members at an AmCham breakfast in Hanoi.

Ambassador Rick Burt, Managing Partner and Eurasia Director, McLarty Associates
Rick 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. He later served as chief negotiator for the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START I) between the United States and the Soviet Union under President George H.W. Bush. 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.

Ambassador Burt also worked for a decade with McKinsey, and early in his career was a reporter for the New York Times. He holds a B.A. from Cornell University and an M.A. from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.

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