America in the World: A History of U.S. Diplomacy and Foreign Policy | Brunswick Group

Lord Charles Powell and Robert B. Zoellick Discuss:

Hosted by Brunswick CEO Neal Wolin, Brunswick Senior Advisors Lord Charles Powell and Robert B. Zoellick discuss Zoellick’s new book, America in the World: A History of U.S. Diplomacy and Foreign Policy.

America in the World explores the fascinating history of American diplomacy, and provides insight on the strategic and immediate challenges of U.S. foreign policy during an era of transformation. Recounting the actors and events of U.S. foreign policy, Zoellick identifies five traditions that have emerged from America's encounters with the world, which have acute resonance as we approach the U.S. presidential and congressional elections.

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Neal Wolin, CEO, Brunswick Group

Neal Wolin is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Brunswick Group, based in Washington, D.C. He leads the firm’s operations across 24 offices in 15 countries and advises clients on a wide range of matters across industries. 

Prior to joining Brunswick, Neal was Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Treasury from May 2009 until September 2013 and Acting Secretary of the Treasury in January and February 2013. As Deputy Secretary, Neal served as the Treasury’s Chief Operating Officer and supervised all Treasury bureaus and domestic and international policy offices as well as its management, legal, public affairs and congressional affairs functions. In this role, he was also Chair of CFIUS. He is one of the world’s experts on U.S. regulation and national security, particularly in M&A situations. Prior to the Treasury, Neal was President and Chief Operating Officer of the property and casualty insurance companies of The Hartford Financial Services Group, a $20bn Fortune 200 company. 

Robert B. Zoellick, Senior Counselor, Brunswick Group

Robert B. Zoellick is a Principal of Brunswick Group’s Geopolitical advisory offer and a Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. In addition, Zoellick serves on the boards of Temasek, Singapore’s Sovereign Wealth Fund, and Twitter, Inc., and is on the Advisory Board of Swiss Re. He is a member of the boards of the Peterson Institute for International Economics and the Carnegie Endowment, chairs the Global Tiger Initiative, and is a member of the Global Leadership Council of Mercy Corps, a global humanitarian agency.

Zoellick was the President of the World Bank Group from 2007-12, U.S. Trade Representative from 2001 to 2005, and Deputy Secretary of State from 2005 to 2006. From 1985 to 1993, Zoellick served as Counselor to the Secretary of the Treasury and Under Secretary of State, as well as White House Deputy Chief of Staff.

Lord Charles Powell, Senior Advisor, Brunswick Group

Lord Charles Powell served as Private Secretary and Advisor on foreign affairs and defense to Lady Thatcher when she was Prime Minister, and held the same position in the early part of Sir John Major’s time as Prime Minister (1983 to 1991).

Charles is now an independent member on the House of Lords and, after stints on the European Union, Economic Affairs and Constitution Committees, currently serves on the National Security Strategy Committee. He is a board member of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, Jardine Strategic Holdings, Hong Kong Land, Matheson & Co and Northern Trust Corporation. He is also a senior strategy adviser to BAe Systems and Rolls Royce. His previous board appointments include Caterpillar, Mandarin Oriental, Textron and Schindler. He is on the Advisory boards of Barrick Gold and Chubb, and previously chaired Rolls Royce’s International Advisory board.