"[The Center Fellowship Program
is] the next best thing to working at the White House."
former Center Fellow
non-partisan Center for the Study of the Presidency actively counsels
the White House and the Executive Branch on policy area critical
to strengthening Presidential leadership by reaching out to the
creativity and innovation in the private sector, public policy
centers, and academic communities. The following programs constitute
the core of the Center's current initiatives:
Center for the Study of the Presidency, founded in 1965, is a non-profit,
non-partisan 501(c)(3) organization serving as a central resource
on issues affecting the modern Presidency. As the foremost organization
in the United States dedicated to this effort, the Center endeavors
to study all aspects of the American Presidency, to strengthen the
Executive-Legislative Branch relationship, and to encourage public
service, especially among young Americans.
Center Fellows Program is a unique non-resident educational initiative
offering 65 select undergraduate and graduate students from leading
colleges and universities, a year-long opportunity to study the U.S.
Presidency, the public policymaking process, and our Chief Executive's
relations with Congress, allies, the media, and the American public.
Our goal is to develop a new generation of national leaders committed
to public service.
come to Washington, D.C. for personal briefings by national media representatives,
for networking opportunities with decision makers, and for a chance
to learn firsthand about the policymaking process.
unique Fellowship requires that each student research, write, and present
an original paper on an issue of the modern Presidency that will be
published by the Center. The Center provides Mentors drawn from the
public policy community and government to help the Fellows define their
proposals and also support the writing and editing of an article that
is brought to publishing standards during the academic year.
the spring of
the Center hosted its Annual Awards Dinner honoring Tom Ridge, the Secretary
of the Department of Homeland Security, for his public service to the
country in a time of national crisis. The Publius Award, named
after the pseudonym adopted by the authors of the Federalist Papers,
was presented to Secretary Ridge before an audience of 450 public
policy leaders, including Ambassadors and Ministers of Foreign Embassies,
Members of Congress, business, think tank, and governmental executives,
and CSP Fellows.
year two Center Fellows are recognized for the exceptional scholarship
of their papers on the modern Presidency. Substantial awards and plaques
honoring their achievements are presented.
Since its inception, the Center Fellows Program has developed leadership
and scholarship skills in more than 1,000 students. Many have gone on
to distinguish themselves in government, education, military, business
and other fields of endeavor.
the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard analyzed President
Kennedy's speech to the nation during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Working with Ted Sorensen, Kennedy's speech writer, she compared
the delivered speech to one drafted for President Kennedy that
he did not deliver, which would have announced the commencement
of air strikes on Cuba. New documents that recently were made
public provided an intimate look at Kennedy's most critical
decision and how his words helped avoid
Columbia University wrote "Towards a New
Paradigm: Reevaluating Presidential and Congressional Roles in
the Formulation of National Security Policy." This paper argued
that the old National Security Constitution,
paradigm based on the War Powers Resolution, is too
constrictive of Presidential leadership for this new age. Key
elements of an alternative paradigm provide the President with
the ability to lead while maintaining the balanced participation
of the branches envisioned in the Constitution.
UCLA examined "Peace in Sudan," comparing the newly-energized
efforts of the Bush Administration to end the civil war in Sudan
to the policies of the Clinton
thorough research of relevant
issues, she analyzed whether the same mistakes will be repeated
or whether real progress in ending this four-decades- old civil
war is truly possible.
the University of Pennsylvania explored
"Destiny of Expansion: Theodore Roosevelt's Address at the Dedication
Ceremonies of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition 1903 Western Tour."
In his corollary to the Monroe Doctrine, Theodore Roosevelt became
the first President who actively
sought to place the United States within
framework of global
power. By examining the first truly modern expression of U.S.
foreign policy, this paper determined what effect the legacy of
Rooseveltian interventionism has had on recent U.S. foreign policy.
Barnard College analyzed "The American Steel Industry: Is Protectionism
Really Helping the Industry Get Back on Its Feet?" Ms. Shetty asked
what steps led the Bush Administration to impose these tariffs and
what further consequences does the industry, and more importantly
the United States, face as a result of these drastic measures.