Current programs

Triumphs and Tragedies of the Modern Congress

In 2000, CSPC developed Triumphs and Tragedies of the Modern Presidency: 76 Case Studies in Presidential Leadership. This anthology of case studies was written by subject matter experts, and intended to provide the President-elect with lessons from his predecessors’ experiences in a wide array of issues.

2014-2015 Fellows Program

For more than forty years, Presidential Fellows have been coming to Washington, DC, to learn about leadership and governance, to share their outstanding research and scholarship, and to develop as future leaders of character.

Triumphs & Tragedies

In Triumphs and Tragedies of the Modern Presidency, more than 50 of the nation’s leading Presidential historians and journalists describe the most notable successes—and failures—of American presidents from Woodrow Wilson to Bill Clinton.

Securing the U.S. Electrical Grid

With the support of the Smith Richardson Foundation, CSPC launched a yearlong project in July of 2013 to bring together representatives from the Executive Branch, Congress, and the private sector to discuss how to better secure the U.S. electric grid from the threats of cyberattack, physical attack, electromagnetic pulse, and inclement weather.

Project Solarium 2017

Drawing on the lessons of history and the model used by President Dwight Eisenhower, CSPC launched Project Solarium 2017 to address the strategic challenges facing the nation in the following areas: budgeting and fiscal health; education; energy and infrastructure; political reform; and national security.

The U.S. & Latin America

Chaired by CSPC Trustees Mel Martinez and Francis Rooney, this project examines U.S. policy towards Latin America and the opportunities for increased attention toward the region and improved relations with regional partners.

The Congressional Appropriations Process

In examining the challenges posed by the broken appropriations process and the nation’s budgetary crisis, culminating in the 2013 government shutdown, CSPC has convened panels of academic experts, chaired by CSPC Senior Fellow Norman Ornstein, to evaluate the challenges posed by both the appropriations process and Congressional partisanship to e