Global Dialogue | 2018 Geopolitical Goals for America in the World | Braden | Jan 31


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The Tennessee World Affairs Council and Belmont University’s Center for International Business Present


“Trump Foreign Policy: 2018 Geopolitical Goals”

Mark Braden

Senior Vice President, Mercury LLC

January 31, 2018

12:00-1:00 pm

Belmont University, Massey College of Business

Room MC 203 | Massey Business Center



Please Register to Secure a Seat / Please Cancel if Your Plans Change.

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.

Please Register to Secure a Seat / Please Cancel if Your Plans Change.

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. 

Here are some resources to help you prepare for this Global Dialogue conversation:

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 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.

What: Here is the calendar for upcoming Global Dialogue sessions including links to the program materials for each topic. Check back up through the evening of the session for updates.

Register for the sessions on the topic page for each Global Dialogue session — links on the World Affairs Council calendar.  Seating is limited and registration in advance is highly recommended. If you register please attend or undo your registration to avoid someone else missing a seat.

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