The Tennessee World Affairs Council and Belmont University’s Center for International Business Present
“Trump Foreign Policy: 2018 Geopolitical Goals”
Senior Vice President, Mercury LLC
January 31, 2018
Belmont University, Massey College of Business
Room MC 203 | Massey Business Center
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What is the “Trump Doctrine” for dealing with the world? What to make of “America First” as outlined in his inaugural address? In his Friday speech at Davos? In his State of the Union address on Tuesday evening? In his first major foreign policy speech last April?
Where does American foreign policy move to from the nexus of politics and international relations? Join Mark Braden to sort through it all at this week’s Global Dialogue.
Here’s Your Homework
1 – Read or watch President Trump’s inaugural speech
2 – Read or watch President Trump’s first address on foreign policy – Apr 26, 2017
3 – Read or watch President Trumps remarks at the World Economic Forum in Davos – Jan 26, 2018
Convenient Parking Available
Park at Belmont’s Inman Center/North Garage (Directions at this Link). From Inman Garage take the Inman Building elevator to the second floor. Turn left to cross the pedestrian bridge to the Massey Business Center. Take the elevator to the fourth floor. Room MC 203.
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A year ago the Science and Security Board at the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists moved the hands of the “Doomsday Clock” — an anecdotal measure of risk of global catastrophe — to 2 1/2 minutes to midnight, the most worrisome setting since 1953 when the Soviet Union tested a H-bomb. Since then North Korea successfully tested a more powerful nuclear weapons, possibly a hydrogen device, than before and launched an ICBM that demonstrated the potential to reach the American homeland. Meanwhile the new Trump Administration has opened a conversation on dismantling the JCPOA, the nuclear deal between a collection of global powers (the P5+1) and Iran.
Apart from nuclear threats to global security a drumbeat of regional crises and threats — the Middle East, East Asia territorial claims, the spread of ISIS and other terrorist threats — coupled with global commons issues (global trade, climate change conventions) have added to a foreign affairs load that challenges the Trump Administration to act at a time when the White House is focused on “America First” and the State Department is in the midst of a major overhaul.
So, what lies ahead for US foreign policy in this atmosphere of challenges and new leadership. Join us for a Global Dialogue conversation with Mark Braden, Senior VP at Mercury LLC. Mark will discuss the way ahead and facilitate your participation in a conversation about what lies ahead for the United States in the World in 2018.
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Here are some resources to help you prepare for this Global Dialogue conversation:
- National Security Policy Announced by President Trump
- C-Span Video – Dr. Anthony Cordesman on U.S. Foreign Policy Challenges in 2018
- Ten Silver Linings in 2017 – CFR
About Mark Braden
Mark Braden is a seasoned political operative with experience in presidential and statewide political campaigns who provides extensive experience advising domestic and international clients on a diverse array of policy issues.
At Mercury, Braden has advised clients on Capitol Hill and in state legislatures across the country focused on defense, foreign affairs, trade, health care, education, transportation, regulatory, and procurement issues. Braden also specializes in leading grassroots and media campaigns for non-profits and corporate clients to impact legislation and public opinion both in Washington and across the country.
In 2014, Braden served as the campaign manager for the re-election campaign of U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander. He also managed the 2012 campaign for U.S. Senator Bob Corker.
Prior to his work in Tennessee, Braden managed the re-election campaign of U.S. Senator Richard Burr. He also served as Chief of Staff and Communications Director of the North Carolina Republican Party.
In 2009, Braden served as Deputy Campaign Manager for Governor Chris Christie. Prior to that role, Braden oversaw the day-to-day operations of Governor Christie’s transition office as Deputy Executive Director.
Braden was a Senior National Advance Representative for U.S. Senator John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign. Braden’s early career includes a stint on Capitol Hill as a legislative aide to U.S. Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr.
A graduate of the University of Tennessee and lifelong fan of the Vols, Braden resides in Nashville with his wife, Katy, and their two children.
Welcome to Global Dialogue — a program of the Tennessee World Affairs Council that offers a casual discussion session for people to share their perspectives on current issues in global developments.
Why: Global Dialogue is a community discussion program organized by the Tennessee World Affairs Council. The purpose is to bring people together to learn more about the pressing international issues of the day, to exchange insights and perspectives and to achieve an understanding about the challenges facing America in the world.
How: Global Dialogue sessions are informal, “salon”-like gatherings held in areas convenient to the participants — usually at Belmont University but also at downtown coffee shops, library meeting rooms, and such. Participants review materials assembled on the www.TNWAC.org web site in advance of the session to be prepared to engage in conversation with their neighbors and colleagues. Sessions are facilitated by a group leader, and may include a specialist to provide background and context, but the Global Dialogue sessions will ensure everyone gets to share their views of the issues.
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