CSPC's Ambassador Volker Testifies on Northern Ireland, Bosnia before Congress
on September 27, 2010
On September 16, 2010, CSPC's new Executive Vice President, Ambassador Kurt Volker, testified before the Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight about human rights, peace, and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and Bosnia. He discussed the lessons that we can learn from Northern Ireland and how the international community can best assist Bosnia as it strives for peace and stability.
CSPC's Iraq Study Group and David Abshire Appear in Politics Daily
on August 16, 2010
In a Politics Daily article (found here) titled "Should We Rethink Afghanistan War Strategy?" by Luke X. Martin, CSPC is credited with its involvement in the Iraq Study Group. Martin writes:
In March 2006, Wolf helped create the Iraq Study Group, a panel of 10 defense and policy experts from both sides of the aisle who examined the war effort. The group was co-sponsored by the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the Center for the Study of the Presidency in Washington, as well as the Baker Public Policy Institute at Rice University in Houston.
CSPC President David M. Abshire is also quoted in the article:
But David Abshire, president of the Center for the Study of the Presidency, a non-partisan policy and education organization, notes that the time Obama has to prove his strategy is already running out.
"People on the right, left and center are now talking against the war," said Abshire, a former U.S. ambassador to NATO. Critics of the war want to see things change now, not in a couple of years.
CSPC's Dan Mahaffee's Op-Ed on U.S.-China Power Balance Published in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
on August 15, 2010
An opinion piece by CSPC's Dan Mahaffee titled "China's Rise & American Power in East Asia" appears in today's Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
The article reviews China's departure from its recent and historical approach to foreign affairs towards a more active, high-profile position of leadership in the world. In noting that this policy shift comes at a time of relative weakness and uncertainty for the United States at both the domestic and international levels, he prescribes three steps the United States may take prevent a new Cold War and check the threat of a rising China.
CSPC President David M. Abshire Quoted in AP Article on Aid to Pakistan
on August 05, 2010
Yesterday, CSPC President David M. Abshire appeared in an Associated Press article (found here) by Robert Burns titled "US stresses aid to Pakistan, eyeing improved image." Below is an excerpt from the article:
David Abshire, a retired U.S. ambassador who is president of the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, said in an interview that Obama's Afghanistan-Pakistan policy needs help.
"I don't think we have a firm anchor at the end of our policy," Abshire said, adding that Obama's decision last December to send an extra 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan has wide support, but many are uncertain what steps following the troop surge will be needed."
CSPC's Prosperity or Decline Report Featured in Government Executive Magazine
Brooks' argument against government expansionism is echoed in less ideological form in the final report of the CPSC's Strengthening America's Future Initiative, issued in April. It too posits a key turning point and seeks to lay out ideas for "regaining our strategic and financial freedom of action, unity at home and standing abroad." CPSC President David Abshire, former Colorado Gov. Roy Romer, leading defense industrialist and Pentagon official Norman Augustine, and former Comptroller General David M. Walker led the initiative's steering committee. Walker is now president of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, which funded the study.
It raises the alarm about the looming fiscal crisis. Interest on the nation's debt soon could be the largest item in the federal budget, buying us nothing of value, the study notes. And it steps up the argument a notch, suggesting we soon might face a situation analogous to the time when, as one of its leading creditors, we forced the British government to abandon a plan to regain control of the Suez Canal. In "an American Suez," China and other major purchasers of U.S. debt might similarly face what British leader Harold MacMillan called "the last gasp of a declining power."
While focusing principally on the fiscal challenge, the CPSC report recommends government undertakes comprehensive political and programmatic reform - in electoral practices; congressional committee restructuring; civil service training; new policies to enhance educational achievement and proficiency in math, science and engineering; energy consumption; infrastructure improvement; immigration policies; and more.
CSPC's Abshire's "The Presidency: A Need for Greatness Again" Published in The Ambassadors Review
on June 28, 2010
CSPC President David M. Abshire was recently published in the Spring 2010 issue of the Council of American Ambassadors' The Ambassadors Review. Dr. Abshire's piece, titled "The Presidency: A Need for Greatness Again," urges President Obama to take a strong position of leadership in building coalitions across party lines and to promote bipartisan efforts to encourage America's pursuit of excellence without the excessive political distortion of policy.
Dr. Abshire's piece can be found for download here.
Christian Science Monitor Columnist Cites "The Grace and Power of Civility"
Christian Science Monitor columnist John Hughes cites Dr. Abshire’s pamphlet, The Grace and Power of Civility: Lessons from the American Experience for the Coming Four Years, in his analysis of incumbent Senator Bob Bennett’s loss in the Utah state primary. Hughes uses the Senator Bennett case study to illustrate the current shift in voter sentiment that is growing around the country.
To read or download a copy of The Grace and Power of Civility: Lessons from the American Experience for the Coming Four Year click here.
The Pittsburgh Tribune quotes CSPC Staff on President Obama's Bipartisan Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform
“In an article that appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, CSPC staff discuss President Obama’s Bipartisan Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform as a tool to address the nation’s long term structural deficits.”
A 21st Century Roadmap for Advancing America's Health: The Path from Peril to Progress
on May 06, 2010
The Commission on U.S. Federal Leadership in Health and Medicine's second report, A 21st Century Roadmap for Advancing America's Health: The Path from Peril to Progress (May 2010) marks the passage of recent landmark health reform legislation and proposes a series of recommendations to make America the healthiest nation in the world. The Commission’s recommendations reach beyond health insurance reform to address four pillars of a 21st century health care system for our nation, which include investing in research, strengthening public health and prevention, re-engineering the delivery system, and promoting global health. The report builds on actions proposed in the Commission's first report,New Horizons for A Healthy America.
Co-chaired by Rear Admiral Susan Blumenthal, MD, MPA, Director of CSPC’s Health and Medicine Program, and Denis Cortese, MD, Emeritus President and CEO of Mayo Clinic and Director of the Healthcare Delivery and Policy Program at Arizona State University, the Commission’s membership is comprised of health leaders from government and the private sector including Nobel laureates, former Cabinet secretaries, NIH Directors, and leading members of the health policy community, academia, research, and media. Many of the Commission's recommendations from its reports have been addressed in health reform legislation and in new Administration initiatives. A 21st Century Roadmap for Advancing America's Healthprovides a bold, integrated, and comprehensive vision for innovative strategies to put health back into our nation's health care system.
Highlights from the Prosperity or Decline? Rollout
on April 16, 2010
The Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress (CSPC) has completed the Strengthening America’s Future Initiative (SAFI), a comprehensive study to identify the critical challenges that face the United States, and to develop a roadmap for regaining our strategic and financial freedom of action, unity at home and standing abroad. At a time of deep division and dysfunction in Washington, our nonpartisan Steering Committee of prominent experts and highly specialized Issue Teams worked together to develop prioritized recommendations within a conceptual framework to address our nation’s most pressing challenges.
Highlights from the Prosperity or Decline? Rollout - March 19, 2010
Click here to download a copy of Prosperity or Decline? Breaking Washington's Deadlock To Save America's Future.