In 1986, President Ronald Reagan worked with Congressional Democrats and Republicans to pass tax reform that revitalized the economy and laid the groundwork for one of the longest and widespread economic booms in U.S. history. Today, in a time of uneven economic growth and debate about our long-term fiscal health, our economy needs such a genuine, long-lasting boost, and reforming our tax system, with an eye towards growth and competitiveness, provides a great place to start.
For this reason, CSPC has been examaning the obstacles that prevent tax reform from moving forward, and ways in which Congress can utilize the lessons of the 1986 tax reform process to reform our modern tax system.
“The Art of Power and Compromise in American Politics: A Conversation About the Upcoming Election”
October 25, 2012
Facilitator: Jon Meacham, Author, Editor, and Commentator
“Financial Globalization: What Are the Social Challenges & Responsibilities?”
May 17, 2012
Facilitator: Lord Stephen K. Green, Minister of State for Trade and Investment, United Kingdom
“Corporate Responsibility and Values”
September 16, 2011
Facilitator: The Honorable John F. W. Rogers, Executive Vice President, Chief of Staff and Secretary to the Board of Directors, Goldman Sachs & Co.
“Reforming Education: Can Our Schools Be Saved?”
February 15, 2011
Facilitators: Roy Romer, Former Governor, Colorado; Former Superintendent of Schools, Los Angeles Unified School District
Bishop Catherine Roskam, Bishop Suffragan, Episcopal Diocese of New York
“Faith & Morality in the Marketplace”
October 4, 2010
Facilitators: Jay Collins, Co-Global Head, Public Sector Group, Citi
Jim Wallis, President and CEO, Sojourners
“Sudan’s Comprehensive Peace Agreement: Is Time Running Out?”
July 21, 2009
Facilitator: Archbishop Daniel Deng Bull, Leader of the Episcopal Church of Sudan
“Selling A Religious Crisis? Media Coverage of the Anglican Communion”
June 3, 2009
Facilitators: Ray Suarez, Senior Correspondent, The NewsHour
The Reverend Dr. Ian T. Douglas, Angus Dun Professor of Mission World Christianity, Episcopal DivinitySchool
“Can This Economy be Saved? The Ethical Implications of the Subprime Mortgage Crisis”
May 28, 2008
Facilitators: Martin J. Gruenberg, Vice Chairman, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Anne Segrest McCulloch, Senior Vice President, Fannie Mae
“Religion & Violence: Is Faith Dangerous?”
November 28, 2007
Facilitators: Dr.James W. Jones, Distinguished Professor of Religion & Adjunct Professor of Clinical Psychology, Rutgers University
Dr.Charles B. Strozier, Director, Center on Terrorism, John Jay College, City University of New York
“Stem Cells: Saving Lives or Crossing Lines?”
February 13, 2007
Facilitators: Dr.Francis Fukuyama, Bernard L. Schwartz Professor of International Political Economy, JohnsHopkinsUniversity; Former Member, President’s Council on Bioethics
Dr.Neal Lane, MalcolmGillisUniversity Professor, RiceUniversity; Former Assistant to the President for Science and Technology; Former Director, National Science Foundation
“Reflecting on Katrina, Rita, and 9-11”
May 23, 2006
Facilitators: Walter Isaacson, President and CEO, the Aspen Institute; Vice-Chairman, Louisiana Recovery Authority; Member, Board of Directors, TulaneUniversity
Carl Weisbrod, President, Real Estate Division, Trinity Church Wall Street; Member, Lower Manhattan Development Corporation; Trustee, Ford Foundation
"Anglicanism and the 21st Century Culture Wars"
November 10, 2005
Facilitator: Jon Meacham, Managing Editor, Newsweek
“The Role of the Church: Civility and Tolerance in the American Experience”
January 13, 2005
Facilitators: Colbert King, Deputy Editor of the Editorial Page, The Washington Post
Dr. Eric Motley, Special Assistant to the President and Associate Director of Presidential Personnel, The White House
“The Church’s Role in Africa and its Outreach to the American Diaspora”
June 18, 2003
Facilitators: Dr. Philip Jenkins, Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies and History, PennsylvaniaStateUniversity
J. Stephen Morrison, Director, Africa Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies
“Heading for a Clash of Civilizations”
October 4, 2002
Facilitators: The Rev. Dr. Welton Gaddy, President, The Interfaith Alliance
Dr. Amira El-Azhary Sonbol, Professor of Islamic History, Law, and Society, GeorgetownUniversity
“Whither the Episcopal Church: In Decline or on the Rise?”
May 23, 2001
Facilitators: The Rev. Randolph Charles, Rector, Church of the Epiphany
The Rev. Jim Donald, Rector, St. Columba’s
The Rev. Rona Harding, Rector, Church of the Ascension, LexingtonPark
The Rev. Luis León, Rector, St. John’s, Lafayette Square
The Rev. Don Roberts, Associate Rector, The Falls Church
The Rev. Janice Robinson, Rector, Grace Church, Silver Spring
“The Orthodox Church in Serbia and Russia after the Serbian Conflict”
July 13, 1999
Facilitator: Dr. James Billington, Librarian of Congress
A Letter on STEM Education to America's Parents
on December 05, 2012
On the morning of Thursday, December 6th, 2012 CSPC released "A Letter on STEM Education for America's Parents" at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to an audience of STEM education professionals, community leaders, and policymakers. The panel discussion was co-chaired by the Honorable Norm Augustine, former Senator Bill Brock and former Governor Roy Romer and moderated by Dr. Shirley Malcom, the Head of the Directorate for Education and Human Resources Programs at AAAS.
The report is the product of more than a year and a half of discussions among CSPC STEM education team members and other experts from within and outside of government. In an effort to acknowledge the central role parents play in their children’s education – and in some measure to recognize the lack of action in Congress on this issue – the STEM Education Issue Team has addressed this message directly to parents. The hope is that they will force policymakers to take necessary steps to improve the education system, so that it can better position students to thrive as adults and better position the United States to compete globally.
With the support of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress convened a group of financial experts at Georgetown University for a five-hour table top exercise on financial contingencies facilitated by Booz Allen Hamilton. The exercise led high level public and private sector participants through progressively worsening scenarios of economic instability in Europe, over the course of which an Italian bank fails, a money market mutual fund “breaks the buck,” and French banks are nationalized before suspending payments to U.S. creditors.
The purpose of the scenario was not to predict what future events are likely to be, but more so to evaluate tools and processes available to policymakers to address crises, how these tools have changed since 2008, and what needs to be done to create greater economic security and international coordination in financial markets going forward.
As government officials must be wary of their comments causing reactions in the market, the session was held in a not-for-attribution setting to encourage a free exchange of ideas. This format allowed current government officials, private sector and academic counterparts to openly discuss sensitive issues in a secure environment. In addition, the events of the scenario were revealed step-by-step, mitigating the tendency of experts to stick to predetermined opinions and comments.
You can read the non-attribution after action report here.
on April 19, 2012
Religion and the American Experience
Religion plays a major—sometimes leading—role in American public life. Despite the Constitutional prohibition on religious tests for seekers of public office, it is a rare candidate for the Presidency or, in many cases, Congress who does not have to answer questions relating to faith or religion. CSPC has explored the influence of religion on U.S. public policy and the broader society through several initiatives. It has also tracked policy and legal developments related to religion as well as indicators of religious extremism.
In partnership with Trinity Wall Street, an Episcopal parish in New York City, CSPC maintains the on-going Trinity Roundtable series. Events are hosted in New York City and Washington, DC, and serve as a forum for leaders in government, business and non-profit sectors to discuss critical issues of the day through the lens of values, ethics, and morality.
Also, beginning in 2009, the Center has been working with Trustee Francis Rooney (Ambassador to the Holy See 2005-2008) to examine the diplomatic interplay between religion and politics in U.S.-Vatican relations, with the product being a forthcoming book by Francis Rooney that explores America’s role as a promoter and defender of values-driven diplomacy. Research includes analysis of the influence of religious considerations in both American and global politics.
For more information about these programs, please see the following links:
46th Annual Awards Dinner Honoring Senators Mark Warner and Bob Corker
on April 10, 2012
On March 21, 2013 at the 46th Annual Awards Dinner, CSPC was pleased to honor Senators Mark Warner and Bob Corker with its Publius Award for their distinguished public service. At the dinner, CSPC also recognized this year’s participants in its Presidential Fellows and International Fellows Program, presenting awards for most original paper, best historical analysis of the Presidency, and best military, intelligence or national security strategic analysis.
Attended by 200 distinguished guests and supporters of CSPC at the Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington, D.C, the Awards Dinner was an evening to remember. Before sitting for dinner, the Presidential and International Fellows benefitted from a private presentation from the Senators, where they had an opportunity for question and answers in an intimate setting. Dinner was opened with a moderated discussion with Senators Corker and Warner, in which they reflected on their career paths, current challenges in Congress and public service. This was followed by a special message read aloud from President Barack Obama extending his congratuatlions to the Senators and our Presidential Fellows, and a video, generously sponsored by Robert and Kelly Day, paying tribute to the leadership of Senators Warner and Corker, which has been defined by a willingness to cross party lines and to compromise in the interest of the country.
To see a blog post on Senator Mark Warner's website about the event, click here.
To see a press release about the event on Senator Bob Corker's website, click here.
45th Annual Awards Dinner Honoring Leon Panetta
on April 10, 2012
In the spring of 2012 at the 45th Annual CSPC Awards Dinner, the Center was pleased to honor Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta with its Dwight D. Eisenhower Award for distinguished public service in navigating the numerous fiscal and military challenges of our time. At the dinner, CSPC also recognized this year’s participants in its Presidential Fellows Program, presenting awards for most original paper and best historical analysis of the Presidency.
Attended by 300 distinguished guests and supporters of the Center at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington, D.C., the awards dinner was an evening to remember, celebrating the accolades of Secretary Panetta and the brave men and women of our armed forces, including a veteran of The Mission Continues, an organization that empowers wounded and disabled veterans to begin new lives of public service. After a stirring rendition of the national anthem by the Joint Service Color Guard, a letter from President Barack Obama was read aloud extending his congratulations to the Secretary and our Presidential Fellows. This was followed by a video, generously sponsored by Robert and Kelly Day, Ray Irani, and Stanley Zax, paying tribute to the life-long service of the Secretary and his decades of strategic leadership and working across party lines. Former Veterans Affairs and Army Secretary, Togo West, followed with a moving introduction of the Secretary, citing the enormous hardships that Panetta has overcome in Congress, in the Clinton administration, in the CIA, and most recently as head of the Department of Defense.
President Eisenhower once said that “the virtues most cherished by free people--love of truth, pride of work, devotion to country--all are treasures equally precious in the lives of the most humble and of the most exalted.” A gifted manager with an innate strategic sense, Secretary Panetta’s experience has made him perhaps the most able political diplomat of his time. Like Eisenhower in his own time, Panetta seems providentially prepared and well-suited to the extraordinary challenges facing our nation today. As a student of history, Secretary Panetta understands the lessons of his predecessors and has tactfully translated them into solutions for today’s ever-changing world. Coupled with his civility and sense of humility, Secretary Panetta has earned the admiration of the entire nation.
CSPC would like to thank those who made the evening possible:
Kelly and Robert Day
Avery and Andrew Barth
The Crown Family
47th Annual Awards Dinner Honoring Senators Susan Collins and Joe Manchin
on April 10, 2012
On March 12, 2014 at the 47th Annual Awards Dinner, CSPC had the pleasure to honor Senators Susan Collins and Joe Manchin with its Publius Award for their tireless service to their states and country. At the dinner, CSPC also recognized the 75 Presidential and International Fellows in the 2013-2014 program. These students represent over 70 colleges and universities in the United States, Spain, Mexico, Canada, Brazil, and Japan. Additionally, three fellows received awards for their outstanding papers: Shereke Banton (Georgia Tech) received the James R. Moffet Award for the Most Original Paper on the Modern Presidency; Brandon Bub (Southern Methodist University) received the Most Original Historical Analysis; and Lauren Fishelman (University of Southern California) won the Robert A. Kilmarx Award for the Best Military, Intelligency, or National Security Strategic Analysis.
Attended by 200 distinguished guests and supporters of CSPC at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Washington, D.C, the Awards Dinner was an evening to remember. Some of the attendees for the dinner included Ambassadors from the State of Qatar, Sweden, Austria, Iceland, Canada, Spain, and the Counsellor for Politics and Public Affairs at the British Embassy. The Awards Dinner also included moderated discussion with Senators Collins and Manchin, in which they reflected on their career paths, current challenges in Congress and public service. This was followed by a special message read aloud from President Barack Obama extending his congratuatlions to the Senators and our Presidential Fellows, and a video, generously sponsored by Robert Day, paying tribute to the leadership of Senators Collins and Manchin, which has been defined by a willingness to cross party lines and to compromise in the interest of the country.
To see a blog post on Senator Susan Collins website about the event, click here.
To see a press release about the event on Senator Joe Manchin's website, click here.
To watch a video about the event on Senator Joe Manchin's website, click here.
To watch the Awards Dinner video on the careers of Senators Collins and Manchin, click here.
National Strategy and Reform
on January 30, 2012
Information for 2012-2013 Fellows
on June 25, 2010
This year the Center welcomes 72 Fellows representing 66 colleges and universities from across the nation. Their names, universities, and as the year progresses, research papers can be found below. This year the International Presidential Fellows Program welcomes six students from international universities in Austria, Brazil, Canada, China and Japan to the 2012-2013 class of Presidential Fellows.
International Fellows Pre-Conference October 29-31, 2012
Fall Fellows Conference - November 1-3, 2012
FIRST DRAFTs DUE- February 1, 2013
Spring Fellows Conference - March 21-23, 2013
FINAL PAPERS DUE- MAY 10, 2013
The 2012-2013 Presidential Fellows Class:
Karim Abouelnaga, Cornell University
Noriko Amanuma, Waseda University
Timothy Ambard, United States Air Force Academy
Philip Angelides, Colorado College
Jonathan Askonas, Georgetown University
Catherine Barnao, George Washington University
Peter Boal, Haverford University
Andy Dessel, Pennsylvania State University
Hannah Brookhart, Michigan State University
Aaron Brown, North Georgia College and State University
Ernest Brown, Emory University
Anthony Cardon, United States Naval Academy
Ryan Cho, Columbia University
Justin Chock, United States Naval Academy
Matthew Curliss, United States Military Academy
Jesse Dashefsky, Swarthmore College
Ryan Davenport, Texas A&M University
Andrea de Sa, Princeton University
John Dearborn, University of Connecticut
Vahid Dejwakh, College of William and Mary
Katelynn Donelson, The Catholic University of America
Samantha Farish, Middle Tennessee State University
Adrian Ferrari, Dartmouth College
James Fleischmann, University of Tennessee- Chattanooga
Sydni Franks, Denison University
Matthew Genova, Vanderbilt University
Tyler Glaze, United States Air Force Academy
Mackenzie Green, Smith College
Lore Hayek, University of Innsbruck
Lucas Hernandez, Rollins College
Scott Hiers, University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill
Leonard Horne II, Morehouse College
Gray Huffard, Colgate University
Miles Kellerman, University of Wisconsin- Madison
Patrick Kennedy, Stanford University
Chan "Peter" Kim, University of Southern California
Brent Lane, United States Coast Guard Academy
T. Austin Larrowe, Virginia Tech
Katelyn Lee, University of California- Los Angeles
Michael Lewis, Tulane University
Franklin McGuire Jr., The Citadel
Jonathan Messing, University of Pennsylvania
Rodrigo Morais Chaves, Getúlio Vargas Foundation
Seth Morris, University of the South
Samantha Moyer, Institute of World Politics
Mike Norton, University of Arkansas
Emily Oehlsen, Georgetown University
Alexander Ognibene, University of Toronto
Anthony Palmer, Gettysburg College
Sarah Pfander, Middlebury College
Donophan "Trey" Price, Hampden-Sydney College
Neeraj "Raj" Salhotra, Rice University
Thomas Sanford, Washington and Lee University
Stacia Sarwinski, United States Coast Guard Academy
Eva Schneider, Barnard College
Andrew Shindi, Harvard University
Katherine Smith, Hofstra University
Jason Spencer, Virginia Military Institute
Daniel Stefany, Wake Forest University
Eric Stormer, Gannon University
Brittany Taylor, Southern Methodist University
Matthew Thwaites, Yale University
Paul "Nathan" Tindall, United States Military Academy
Sean Toal, United States Military Academy
Daniel Tully, Northwestern University
Victoria Turecamo, Long Island University- Brooklyn
Jacob Tzegaegbe, Georgia Institute of Technology
Madelynne Wager, University of Michigan
Meicheng Wang, Nanjing University
Janelle Wichmann, University of Cincinnati
Victoria Wilmarth, Duke University
Mutsumi Yoshikawa, Ritsumeikan University/American University
Staff Contact For more information on the Presidential Fellows Program, please contact Andy Steele, Program Director, via
or at 202-872-9800.
on June 25, 2010
Awards and Honors of the 2013-2014 Fellows
Trey Moore (Angelo State University) -- Trey Moore was featured in an article about his selection as a CSPC Presidential Fellow in the San Angelo Standard-Times on July 1, 2013. To read the article, click here.
The Presidential Fellows Speak with Professor Jane Hall During the 2013 Spring Leadership Conference
Awards and Honors of the 2012-2013 Fellows
Andy Dessel (Penn State) – USA Today Student Leadership Award at Penn State. Dessel was also recognized on Penn State's official news site. To read the article, click here.
Jacob Tzegaegbe (Georgia Tech) – 2013 Marshall Scholar
Ryan Cho (Columbia University) – Army Reserve Officer Training Corps' Distinguished Military Graduate.
P.N. Tindall (United States Military Academy) – Fulbright National Finalist and a Truman National Finalist
Eva Schneider (Barnard College) – author of the blog "The Council Chronicle: Election Edition." A social action project through the Athena Leadership Center at Barnard, a program dedicated to empowering young female leaders and teaching leadership skills.
Austin Larrowe (Virginia Tech) – Austin was recognized on NBC's WSL10 station in Virginia for being the first Presidential Fellow from Virginia Tech. To watch the video, click here.
Mike Norton (University of Arkansas) – 2012 Truman Scholar
Karim Abouelnaga(Cornell University) – 2013 Echoing Green Fellow. To read more about Karim and the Echoing Green Fellowship program, click here.
For more information on the Presidential Fellows Program, please contact Jeff Shaffer, Program Director, via
or at 202-872-9800.