Daniel Christman

Senior counselor to the president of the US Chamber of Commerce
Daniel Christman
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With years of experience negotiating with the Soviet Union and Russia over nuclear and conventional weapons, the Syrians and Israelis over the return of the Golan Heights, and business and political leaders over bilateral and global trade deals, few have deeper insights into the current and pressing international security agenda than LTG (Ret.) Daniel W. Christman.

Christman is currently a senior counselor to the president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where he is using this wealth of global experience to advise the Chamber’s leadership on national security and international issues affecting the business community. He previously served as senior vice president for International Affairs at the Chamber, where he oversaw a team of dozens of policy analysts and program coordinators committed to global business engagement on behalf of the Chamber’s worldwide membership.

Christman, a career military officer who retired from active duty in 2001, served for five years as the superintendent of the United States Military Academy at West Point. He also served for two years as assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, during which time he traveled with and advised Secretary of State Warren Christopher. He was centrally involved during this period with negotiations between Israel and Syria as a member of the Secretary’s Middle East Peace Team. Further, Christman represented the United States as a member of NATO’s Military Committee in Brussels, Belgium.

Christman has written and lectured extensively on leadership and national defense, including the ongoing war against international terrorism. He also served as a military analyst for CNN International during Operation Iraqi Freedom. During the Gulf War in 1991, he headed a strategic planning group that advised the Army’s chief of staff on war prosecution policies.

Graduating first in his class from West Point, Christman also received MPA and MSE degrees in public affairs and civil engineering from Princeton University and graduated with honors from The George Washington University Law School. He is a decorated combat veteran of Southeast Asia, where he commanded a company in the 101st Airborne Division in 1969. On four occasions, Christman has been awarded the Army and Defense Distinguished Service Medal, which is the Defense Department’s highest peacetime award.

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Geo-Politics and Business Risks: Avoiding the Shoals, Seizing the Opportunities. General Dan Christman paints with clarity the state of global affairs, including the most tumultuous set of international events in generations, and outlines how business leaders should confront the challenges of the day. By focusing on America's key trading partners, he shows businesses and industries how to invest in parts of the world that represent historic opportunities, and how to manage business risks posed by rising Chinese nationalism and state failure in the Middle East. His tour of the world takes audiences through the friendly nations, the unfriendly ones, and the ones that simply cannot be ignored by American investors. From the Middle East to Latin America, from Europe to East Asia and Africa, Christman explores the governmental, economic, and security hurdles that must be navigated by entrepreneurs in light of current geo-political trends and events, both historic and tectonic in nature.

21st Century Leadership: Values Still Matter. As a former head of one of the world's most respected and recognized leadership development institutions—the US Military Academy at West Point—General Christman provides unique insights into the art of leadership and leadership development. For this speech, Gen. Christman draws on examples from his four decades of experience in uniform and combat, as well as at the highest levels of our national security establishment, to enhance audience leadership competencies and motivate and spark organizational enthusiasm. Christman also discusses the leadership development model used by West Point in its nurturing of Army and national leaders. Lastly, he employs historical examples, from George Washington to the Civil War and from the Normandy beaches to the current war against global terror to underscore the fundamental narrative that guides successful leaders: the same values have always mattered.

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