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Richard Burt
American diplomat

Richard Burt

Richard Burt
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Intro American diplomat
A.K.A. Richard R. Burt
Is Diplomat
From United States of America
Field Politics
Gender male
Birth 3 February 1947, Sewell, Chile
Age 76 years
Star sign Aquarius
Politics Republican Party
Cornell University
Tufts University
The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Richard Burt
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Richard R. Burt (born February 3, 1947) is an American businessman and diplomat who served as United States Ambassador to Germany and was a chief negotiator of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty. Prior to his diplomatic career, Burt worked as director of a non-governmental organization and from 1977 to 1980 was a national security correspondent for The New York Times.

Early life and education

Burt was born on February 3, 1947 in Sewell, Chile. He attended Cornell University, where he was a member of Alpha Delta Phi. He earned his bachelor's degree, and earned a master's degree in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in 1971. Following graduate school, he was selected for a research fellowship at the United States Naval War College. Following this fellowship, Burt moved to London to work as a research associate and later Assistant Director of the International Institute of Strategic Studies. In 1977, he was hired by The New York Times to work as a correspondent on national security issues.


Richard Burt (left) with Franz Josef Strauß

Burt began working for the United States Department of State in the early 1980s. In 1981, he was appointed Director of Politico-Military Affairs, and in 1983 Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian Affairs. In 1985, he became the United States Ambassador to Germany. He assisted in the 11 February 1986 exchange of 9 persons including Anatoly Shcharansky and Hana and Karl Koecher across the Glienicke Bridge in Berlin. His tenure as Ambassador to Germany coincided with the beginning of the process that would lead to the reunification of Germany. In 1989, President George H.W. Bush appointed Burt as chief negotiator for the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START I) between the United States and the Soviet Union, with the rank of ambassador. The treaty, signed in 1991, limited the number of nuclear weapons that the two countries could have.

After negotiation of the START I treaty, Burt left government service and entered the private sector. He served as John McCain's top national security adviser during McCain's 2000 and 2008 Presidential campaigns.

Founded Diligence

In 2000, he, Lord Powell of Bayswater and others founded the Washington, D.C.,-based private intelligence and risk-assessment and management firm Diligence with Diligence Europe headed by Michael Howard. While he chaired Diligence, Nathaniel Rothschild, a close friend of Oleg Deripaska, purchased a large stake in Diligence. While Deripaska was banned from entering the United State from 1998-2010, he hired Diligence for corporate intelligence gathering, visa lobbying through its considerable GOP connections and, crucially, helping to obtain a $150 million World Bank/European Bank for Reconstruction and Development loan for the Komi Aluminum Project at Sosnogorsk, Komi Republic, a Deripaska subsidiary of Rusal. Through the support from Diligence, Deripaska received a multiple entry visa to the United States in December 2005. From the spring to October of 2005, Diligence performed Project Yucca for BGR in which the auditing firm KPMG was infiltrated by Diligence in order to obtain KPMG's audit of the Jeffrey Galmond and Leonid Reiman associated firm IPOC International Growth Fund for the benefit of Alfa Group's telecom subsidiary Altimo. During Project Yucca, the shareholders of Diligence were CEO Nick Day who was a former British agent, the Chairman of Diligence Richard Burt, the Exxel Group which is a Buenos Aires private equity firm, and Edward Mathias from The Carlyle Group which is a private equity company from Washington D.C. The Bermuda government had accused the IPOC International Growth Fund, which is a Bermuda registered owner of Russian telecoms, of money laundering and also accused Diligence of impersonating secret service personnel. KPMG successfully sued Diligence for fraud and unjust enrichment and received a settlement of $1.7 million from Diligence on June 20, 2006.

After Diligence

In 2007, he left Diligence to work with Henry Kissinger's consulting firm, Kissinger McLarty Associates.

He has also worked as a partner in consulting firms McKinsey and Company and now serves as a managing partner of McLarty Associates in Washington, D.C. In addition, he has served on boards for the Atlantic Council, Deutsche Bank's Scudder and Germany mutual fund families, America Abroad Media, International Games Technology, UBS mutual funds, a member of the senior advisory board of Alfa Bank in Moscow until November 2016, an advisor to European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) North America’s board until November 2016, and Textron Corporation. Burt is also a Senior Advisor to the Center for Strategic and International Studies and U.S. Chair of Global Zero. He has lobbied on behalf of LOT Polish Airlines, the Capital Bank of Jordan, and Ukrainian construction firm TMM. He has a working relationship with Mikhail Fridman who is closely associated with the Alfa Group.

In 2014 through early 2016, Burt served as an unpaid foreign policy advisor for Rand Paul's campaign for president.

During the first two quarters of 2016, McLarty Associates received $365,000 to lobby for New European Pipeline AG, a firm owned by Russian oil company Gazprom. Beginning in February 2016, he and a colleague represented the five European energy companies investing in Nord Stream II, an expansion of the Nord Stream pipeline which would allow Russian gas to reach Europe without going through Belarus or Ukraine.

Supported Donald Trump for President

He contributed to Trump's first major foreign policy speech, April 27, 2016, at the Mayflower Hotel. In the speech, Trump called for greater cooperation with Russia and encouraged Trump to take a less interventionist approach to foreign affairs. In an April 2019 interview of the Center for the National Interest's Dmitry Simes by Christiane Amanpour, Burt was the top national security adviser to the 2016 Trump campaign. During the campaign, Burt also wrote white papers for Jeff Sessions on foreign policy and national security.

Burt's simultaneous roles as a campaign adviser for Trump and a lobbyist for Russian interests first drew scrutiny in October 2016 following the revelations of other connections between the campaign and Russia. Burt is on the Alfa Capital Partners Advisory Board in which Russia's Alfa-Bank is an investor.

Burt is a board member of the Center for the National Interest.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 21 Apr 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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