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David Frum

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Washington, District Of Columbia, USA

Social & Political Commentator, Staff Writer at The Atlantic

One of the most influential political analysts of our time, David Frum brings a rational conscience into the mainstream. He helps crystallize what the current political climate both nationally and globally will mean for your business or organization – for the good, the bad and the future. As a Staff Writer at The Atlantic, David’s commentary on social and political issues generates thought-provoking discussions throughout America and around the world. He provides fascinating insight into what political outcomes mean for specific audiences around the world in addressing geo-political issues or global and international affairs. 

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The 2020s: How To Keep Them Roaring

One of the biggest issue post the 2020 election is the continuing risk of US protectionism and de-globalization.

Trade/cross-border investment is one issue where the new Biden administration most agrees with the defeated Trump administration. Biden wants “Buy American” across a range of issues. His approach to vaccines was narrowly nationalistic: he retained a vast inventory of AZeneca vaccine that US did not need and that US regulators had not yet approved. He wants a permanent infrastructure of medical favoritism. He has no interest in correcting Trump’s failure of truly updating NAFTA for 21st century. His policy toward China may be more polite, but is equally hostile.

The Roaring 1920s ended in disaster because narrow-minded US administrations never understood that US prosperity depends on world prosperity.

Will the 2020s end the same way?

What’s Next for You? Through the Lens of a Political Insider

In this presentation, David applies his perspective as a political analyst to your industry. In these presentations he provides a lay of political landscape while offering up practical solutions for any organization or industry.  

American Conservatism at the Crossroads

David was one of the first Republican insiders to warn the GOP of danger ahead in 2008. In this passionate presentation David analyzes the conservative crisis—and offers new hope for conservatives in the years to come. On issues from healthcare to terrorism, the environment to abortion, the challenge of China and the problem of childhood obesity, he offers exciting new ideas to rejuvenate conservative politics. 

The Political Landscape

David has made himself known in recent years as a forceful voice for a Republican agenda more attentive to the middle class and more concerned with environmental issues, including climate change. David offers analysis and predictions for the future of US energy policy – and insight into how Canadians can gain a better hearing for their distinctive interests and values in the US policy debate.

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  • David Frum’s appearance at the Board dinner was very well received. Based on what I heard back afterward from various attendees, they very much enjoyed his presentation and the Q and A (although they did say some of what he said was depressing but still very interesting). They were impressed with the breadth of his political and historical knowledge. - Assistant Vice President & Head - Corporate, Global Government Affairs & Public Policy | Sun Life
  • We would have to empty to thesaurus to describe the positive outcomes of our experience with David Frum. Center of the bulls-eye, an out of the park grand slam speaker who we will certainly welcome to our annual partner conference podium again in the future. If you have a business audience and you have not had David Frum, you're missing it.

    - Collins Barrow
  • He was great … very engaging and some said they would love to have had a drink/coffee with him.

    - Sun Life Financial
  • One of the 100 top public intellectuals in America.

    - Judge Richard Posner's Survey
  • One of the leading political commentators of his generation.

    - Wall Street Journal
  • David was truly outstanding. Brilliant, candid and a real gentleman. Some of his fans joined us and a few who came wanting to dislike David. They failed. Ultimately, he won them over.

    - CIBC Wood Gundy

Speaker Biography

Whether it is the latest foreign policy debate or the inner workings of the White House, David Frum offers refreshing and clear insights of complicated issues of the day. He is currently a staff writer at The Atlantic and the author of multiple New York Times Bestsellers.  David also appears often on MSNBC, BBC, CBC, and CNN.  

As a speaker, David has the rare ability to engage audiences at a deeper level: that of their belief systems. Even if you do not agree with his views, David’s encyclopedic knowledge of hot topic issues is unmatched. Audiences appreciate his thought-provoking style and ability to boil complex subjects into digestible bites. David’s deeply researched and thoughtful talks are also laugh-out-loud funny. In his quest for the truth, David has been a long-time advocate for shaking up the polarized U.S. political system. He provides fascinating insight into what political outcomes mean for specific audiences around the world in addressing geo-political issues or global and international affairs. 

With a line of sight to both Ottawa and Washington, Frum’s attention in 2022 has been on topics such as The Food War, No Time for Protectionism, Disturbances in the Global Energy Market, the impact of Financial and Economic Sanctions especially during the Russian invasion of Ukraine.  Frum notes: The outlook is for shocks and disturbances in the global energy market. United States has become the world’s largest producer of both oil and natural gas. And though ethanol may have some small environmental advantages over gasoline, those arguable benefits are nullified by ethanol’s terrible toll on world food output. Food for people and energy for machines need to be joined together in a broad strategy that enhances national and climate security.

His most recent book, TRUMPOCALYPSE: Restoring American Democracy looks at the causes of America’s tragic national fragmentation and lays out a plan to restore democracy —and renew American leadership abroad.

David Frum has been active in Republican politics since the first Reagan campaign of 1980. From 2014 through 2017, Frum served as chairman of the board of trustees of the leading UK center-right think tank, Policy Exchange. In 2001-2002, he served as speechwriter and special assistant to President George W. Bush.

David holds a BA and MA in History from Yale and a Law degree from Harvard, where he served as President of the Federalist Society. He and his wife Danielle Crittenden Frum live in Washington DC and Wellington, Ontario. They have three adult children.