US Politics and Pandemics: American Elections in a Time of Crisis

US Politics and Pandemics: American Elections in a Time of Crisis

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

11:00 am – 12:00 pm EST

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Will the US elections go ahead in November?
How do you run a socially distant election campaign?
How will the CARES Act affect policy and voting?

Join BAB and our distinguished panellists to discuss some of the most pressing questions about how the COVID-19 crisis will affect the US 2020 elections and what longer-term consequences we can expect for US government policy and the broader society.


Meet The Experts
Dr. Jeremy Rosner,  Managing Partner Greenberg Quinlan Rosner
Dr. Jeremy Rosner is one of the world’s leading consultants for global leaders in business, politics, governments, and foundations. Previous to joining GQR, Dr. Rosner served as Special Adviser to President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Madeline Albright.
His business clients have included Boeing, BP, CNBC, McKinsey & Co., Microsoft, Monsanto, Sainsbury’s, Sun Microsystems, Verisign, and Willis Towers Watson. His work as a pollster, campaign consultant, strategic adviser, and expert on international affairs, has been cited in many publications around the world, and was the focus of the award-winning documentary “Our Brand is Crisis.”
Before joining the firm in 1998, Rosner served as Special Adviser to President Clinton and Secretary of State Albright, with the responsibility of leading the administration’s successful push to add Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic to the NATO Alliance. From 1993-94, Rosner served as Special Assistant to President Clinton as Counselor and Senior Director for Legislative Affairs on the staff of the National Security Council where he was the President’s chief foreign policy speechwriter and coordinated the administration’s interagency legislative work on national security.
Rosner has a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Maryland, and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He has lectured on public opinion, political campaigns, and national security policy at a range of universities, including Harvard, Columbia University, and American University.
Lanhee Chen, Ph.D , Senior Counselor, San Francisco, Brunswick
Lanhee J. Chen, Ph.D. is a Senior Counselor at the Brunswick Group, where he uses his policy, regulatory, and political experience to advise clients on business-critical issues in health care, technology, and geopolitics. Dr. Chen served in the George W. Bush Administration as a senior official at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and was a strategist for four presidential campaigns.
Chen is currently the David and Diane Steffy Fellow in American Public Policy Studies at the Hoover Institution and Director of Domestic Policy Studies and Lecturer in the Public Policy Program at Stanford University. He is also an Operating Partner at New Road Capital Partners, where he helps to direct healthcare investments for the private equity firm’s current fund, and Chair of the Board of Directors at El Camino Hospital in the Silicon Valley. Chen also serves as a Senior Adviser to and member of the Aspen Economic Strategy Group at the Aspen Institute.
A veteran of several high-profile political campaigns, Chen has worked in politics, government, academia, and the private sector. He has advised numerous major campaigns, including four presidential efforts. In 2012, he was policy director of the Romney-Ryan campaign, and served as Governor Mitt Romney’s chief policy adviser, a senior strategist on the campaign, and the person responsible for developing the campaign’s domestic and foreign policy. Chen also advised Senator Marco Rubio’s 2016 presidential bid, served as Domestic Policy Director of Romney’s 2008 campaign, and was a health policy adviser to the Bush-Cheney reelection campaign in 2004. During the 2014 and 2018 campaign cycles, Chen served as a Senior Adviser on Policy to the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC).
From 2014 to 2018, Chen served as a presidentially-appointed and Senate-confirmed member of the Social Security Advisory Board—an independent, bipartisan panel that advises the president, Congress, and the Commissioner of Social Security on matters related to the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income programs. He also served in the George W. Bush Administration as a senior official at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Chen’s writings have appeared in a variety of outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. He has been a CNN Political Commentator and provided political analysis and commentary on every other major television network. Chen currently serves as a member of the Editorial Board of the Salem Media Group.
Chen was honored in 2015 as one of the POLITICO 50, a list of the “thinkers, doers, and visionaries transforming American politics.” He earned a similar honor in 2012 when he was named one of POLITICO’s “50 Politicos to Watch.”
In 2017, Chen was the William E. Simon Visiting Professor in the School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University. At Stanford, he also serves on the Faculty Steering Committee of the Haas Center for Public Service, is an affiliate of the Freeman-Spogli Institute for International Studies, and was Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School. An eight-time winner of Harvard University’s Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, Chen’s scholarship has appeared or been cited in several of the nation’s top political science journals.
Previously, Chen practiced law at two major law firms and was the Winnie Neubauer Visiting Fellow in Health Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation.
Chen serves in a variety of leadership roles in nonprofits and community-based organizations. He is a member of the National Advisory Committee of the Democracy Fund, a Director of the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity (FREOPP), a member of the Advisory Board of the Partnership for the Future of Medicare, and a member of the Council of Scholars for the Better Medicare Alliance. He is also a member of the Committee of 100, an organization of prominent Chinese Americans.
Chen earned his Ph.D. and A.M. in political science from Harvard University, his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School, and his A.B. magna cum laude in government from Harvard College. He is a member of the State Bar of California.
Duncan Edwards, CEO BritishAmerican Business
Duncan Edwards is the chief executive of BritishAmerican Business, the leading transatlantic trade organization of some 500 companies, which has an ongoing mission to support policies and action which protect and enhance the environment for trade and investment in, and between, the USA and the UK; he is also the chief executive of the British American Business Council, the umbrella organization of more than 20 chapters across the USA and UK.
Prior to this, Duncan Edwards spent over 30 years as a media executive in London and New York of which 27 years were spent at the Hearst Corporation. His most recent role at Hearst was president and CEO of the international magazine and digital media company, a business with activities in more than 60 countries which he led to record levels through acquisition and organic growth.
Edwards is an experienced cross border negotiator and deal maker with experience of M&A and dealing with regulators in all major markets and a particular expertise (in addition to the UK and USA) on China and Russia which he has visited dozens of times. A British citizen, he currently lives in New York and Connecticut where he can often be found on long runs in the hills.

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