Foreign Policy Insights from Top White House Advisors
Admiral James Winnefeld & Ambassador Nick Burns
Elite Geopolitical Duo
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Admiral Sandy Winnefeld is the former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the second highest-ranking officer in the military. A highly-decorated leader, Winnefeld started his nearly 40-year military career as one of the Navy’s best fighter pilots and instructors at TOPGUN. He commanded at every level and was “the grease in the machinery between our special operations forces and our most senior decision makers, helping remove some of the worse terrorists from the fight,” said Defense Secretary Ash Carter. He excels at making the complex security environment understandable—from authoritarian regimes to cyber security and how these issues tie to business interests.
Ambassador Nick Burns is one of the country’s most articulate spokespeople on globalization and US foreign policy, earning respect as a nonpartisan expert on public diplomacy, geopolitics, and world affairs. Over the course of his illustrious, 27-year career, he played a leadership role in US foreign policy toward the Middle East and Asia and was the nation’s top career diplomat as under secretary of state for political affairs (the nation’s third-ranking official). He served three presidents: George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush and is currently a professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School who focuses on the Middle East. He speaks with candor and passion about his position at the forefront of American foreign relations and policy, offering a big-picture perspective of our country’s position on the world stage.
Government & Military Elite Offer Unparalleled Take On Geopolitics. Admiral Sandy Winnefeld and Ambassador Nick Burns hail from the pinnacle of the military and diplomatic worlds to offer an insightful, engaging, and candid take on geopolitics. They describe their frameworks for evaluating our national security interests around the world and then explore more deeply some of the issues we are currently facing, including Syria, ISIS, Russia, China, the Iran nuclear deal, and how it will affect policy and security over the next 10, 20, and 30+ years. Audiences get a glimpse into the president’s daily briefing room where they get the zero spin—just an unparalleled update of the world’s top geopolitical issues. Listeners walk away with insights for how to think about what’s going on in the world that were tailored to their needs and the tools they need to make knowledgeable strategic decisions of their own.