Geopolitical Implications of the 2020 Election | Brunswick Group

Geopolitical Implications of the 2020 Election

With the U.S. election entering its final weeks, now is a critical time to be thinking about the global and geopolitical implications of the election.

What foreign policy changes could we expect from either a Biden administration or a second Trump administration? How might either alter the trajectory of U.S. relations with both allies and adversaries? Brunswick partner Patti Solis Doyle and Brunswick senior advisors Mike Rogers, Anthony Gardner, and Kate Fall addresses these questions and more.

Our expert panel includes:

  • Patti Solis Doyle, former senior advisor to the Obama-Biden campaigns, former campaign manager and senior advisor to Hillary Clinton, and the lead of Brunswick’s U.S. Public Affairs offer;
  • Baroness Kate Fall, former deputy chief of staff to U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, trustee of Atlantic Partnership, and executive director of Brunswick Geopolitical; 
  • Ambassador Anthony Gardner, former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union; and
  • Admiral Mike Rogers (USN, Retired), director of the U.S. National Security Agency under both Presidents Obama and Trump

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Patti Solis Doyle, Brunswick Group Partner, Washington, DC

Patti is a veteran political advisor and commentator, with more than 30 years of experience in politics, presidential campaigns, and public service. She served as an advisor to the Obama-Biden presidential campaign during the 2012 presidential election, and during the 2008 general election, she was chief of staff for vice presidential operations. In that role, she built a national team of policy, communications, and political advisors before the nominee’s selection and later managed day-to-day operations for vice presidential nominee Joe Biden. 

Patti was campaign manager for Senator Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid in 2007-2008 and managed her Senate re-election campaign before that. She also served as chief of staff to the First Lady’s first Senate campaign. Before that, she served as a senior advisor to Hillary Clinton throughout Governor Bill Clinton’s campaign and two terms in the White House.

Kate Fall, Brunswick Senior Advisor, London

Kate Fall is a Senior Advisor and executive director of Brunswick’s Geopolitical offer as well as a member of the House of Lords and a Trustee of Atlantic Partnership. She was deputy chief of staff to David Cameron for 6 years while he was the British Prime Minister and for 5 years when he was Leader of the Opposition. 

Previously, Kate ran the business liaison unit and covered the foreign affairs brief for the then Leader of the Conservative party, Michael Howard. Earlier in her career, she worked for the CBI under Howard Davies and for the Conservative Research Department. Her first job was for a British MEP. Kate was also formerly a Governor of Fairley House School for dyslexic children and is a graduate from Oxford University.

Anthony Gardner, Brunswick Senior Advisor, London 

Ambassador Gardner has spent more than twenty years of his career advising on U.S.-European affairs, as a government official, lawyer, and investor. In 2013, he was appointed by President Obama to be U.S. Ambassador to the European Union. In that capacity, he was intimately involved in the transatlantic trade negotiations, as well as data privacy, digital economy, sanctions, and energy security. 

Anthony served as United States Ambassador to the European Union from March 2014 to January 2017. Prior to this, he was Managing Director at a growth capital private equity firm based in London where he managed financing, legal, and tax structuring issues related to the firm’s acquisitions and divestitures. Anthony holds a BA in Government from Harvard University, an MPhil in International Relations from Oxford University, a JD from Columbia Law School, and a Masters in Finance from London Business School. He is also a Managing Partner at Brookfield Asset Management, board member of Iberdrola S.A., and senior counsel in the law firm Sidley Austin LLP, where he works in the International Trade and Privacy and Cybersecurity areas. He is also a member of the advisory boards of the Centre for European Reform, the German Marshall Fund, and the European Policy Centre.

Mike Rogers, Brunswick Senior Advisor, Washington, DC 

Admiral Rogers joined Brunswick in July 2019 following a 37 year career in the U.S. Navy and is a senior advisor to the firm in the areas of cyber security, privacy, geopolitics, technology and intelligence as well as crisis management and the challenges of leading large organizations in a democratic society in the digital age. 

Mike retired from the Navy in 2018 after rising to the rank of four star admiral. He culminated his career with a four plus year stint serving simultaneously as Commander, U.S. Cyber Command, and Director of the National Security Agency – creating the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD) then newest large war fighting organization and leading the U.S. government’s largest intelligence organization. In those roles, he worked extensively with the leadership of the U.S. government, the DoD, and the U.S. Intelligence community as well as their international counterparts in the conduct of cyber and intelligence activity across the globe. He also assisted in the development of national and international policy with respect to cyber, intelligence, and technology – including extensive work with corporate leadership in the finance, IT, telecommunications and technology sectors. Mike is a graduate of Auburn University, the National War College, and the Naval War College.