AmCham & Flinders University Cocktail Party
with Jeffrey L Bleich
Flinders University and the American Chamber of Commerce are pleased to invite you to a cocktail party on Monday 3 December 5-7pm at Blake’s at the InterContinental Adelaide to welcome former US Ambassador to Australia Jeff Bleich.
Ambassador (ret) Bleich will discuss the new challenges to the US and Australia alliance based on digital technology and the risks posed to all democratic nations. He will also comment on his perceptions of the political landscape in the US.
Ambassador (ret.) Jeffrey L Bleich
Jeff Bleich was United States Ambassador to Australia from 2009 to 2013. He currently serves as CEO of Dentons Diplomatic Solutions, an international consulting group composed of senior government executives, where he specializes in resolving complex international disputes and advising institutions on cyber-security and technology issues. Ambassador Bleich previously served as Special Counsel to President Obama in the White House, and as a senior advisor to the Director of National Intelligence. He serves on multiple boards or advisory boards of international cyber-technology companies as well as think tanks including RAND, the US Studies Centre at Sydney University, and Stanford University’s Center on the Advanced Study of Behavioral Science. He has been recognized as one of the most influential lawyers in the United States by LawDragon, Best Lawyers, and other legal publications.
Ambassador Bleich currently serves as the Chair of the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
Ambassador Bleich's term in Australia was marked by the U.S. "rebalance" to the Asia-Pacific, with Australia being the focal point for that shift. Ambassador Bleich joined President Obama in the announcement of the rebalance at a special sitting of Parliament in Canberra. Other key achievements included overseeing record growth in trade between the US and Australia, bringing the Defense Trade Cooperation Treaty into force, establishing new alliance agreements for satellites and cyber, executing a new space cooperation agreement that supported the Mars Curiosity rover landing, leading joint US-Australia efforts in Afghanistan's Oruzgan province, and promoting regional efforts to reduce domestic violence.
For his service, Ambassador Bleich received numerous awards. Former Prime Minister Paul Keating called Bleich "the best U.S. Ambassador ever sent to Australia" at the John Curtin Lecture in Perth. The Australian called Ambassador Bleich "Obama’s Superman.
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