The Center for the Study of the Presidency, a non-profit and non-partisan
organization, actively counsels the White House and the Executive branch
on policy areas critical to strengthening Presidential leadership. To
achieve this, the Center reaches out to the creativity and innovation
in the private sector, public policy centers, and academic communities.
Current program initiatives include:
Civility and Inclusive
More than 150 distinguished national leaders have
signed the Center's "Declaration on Civility and Inclusive Leadership,"
which seeks to revive the civility and inclusive leadership so essential
to effective government. Civility is not compromise. It is mutual respect,
listening, and the ability to develop trust so that people with genuine
differences can find creative solutions on higher ground. Program activities
include a national poll with Zogby International, the formation of a National
Committee to Unite a Divided America, and briefings for Executive, Congressional
and private sector leaders. The Center will continue to elevate this issue
to the highest levels of government while engaging leaders in business,
academia, religion, the military and public policy organization in a public
dialogue on a core principle of democracy.
Recent publications include:
Declaration on Civility and Signatuers
and Power of Civility
America, Democracy and Freedom
to the sharp global rise in anti-Americanism, in 2003 CSP organized a
two-day conference and publication on Strengthening
U.S.-Muslim Communications. Congress now funds a Center effort
to develop the business plan for a new grant-making organization, called
the Foundation for International Understanding. Once operational, this
non-profit foundation would fund the production of television, radio,
Internet and other media programs that best convey American history, institutions
and values, and which educate Americans about other cultures. Participants
include the Annenberg School for Communications at the University of Southern
California, Sesame Workshop, major media companies, independent producers,
National Public Radio, and the State Department.
CSP’s Homeland Security
team has worked with Executive Branch leadership and Congressional members
and staff since early 2001. In 2002, CSP began actively advising decision
makers via our Homeland Security Roundtable Series with experts from the
policy community, academia, national laboratories, and the private sector.
The Center also develops issue papers and policy studies. Current initiatives
- Combating Nuclear Terrorism
- A Layered Prevention Strategy Against Weapons of
- Bridging the Transatlantic Divide to Meet Shared
21st Century Threats
- The National Guard and Reserves:
Strained Support in Need of Reform
Economic Stability and Liberty
In 2001, the Center began
counseling senior White House, Treasury, State and Congressional officials
on aspects of global economic leadership, focusing initially on the dangers
of economic “contagion” in industrial and emerging nations.
CSP next organized a dialogue on Middle East economics for Treasury Secretary
John Snow, and soon will prepare sessions on East Asian economies. Additionally,
the Center has been invited by the Government Accountability Office to
increase awareness of the implications of America’s exploding budget,
trade and entitlement debts. Responding to this challenge, the Center
has highlighted these concerns in its “Declaration on Civility”
and will link foreign and domestic economic issues in selected seminars.
forward in Wartime: Vulnerable Points in the Global Economy.
Each Fall and Spring, more than 85 Center Fellows from
leading colleges and universities participate in leadership conferences
that feature high-level government officials from the Executive and Legislative
branches as well as briefings by leading experts in the public policy
community. The centerpiece of the program is the development and defense
of an original paper focusing on a particular aspect of Presidential leadership.
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