Current programs

Political Civility & Effective Government

In July of 2017, Sen. John McCain gave a landmark speech on the floor of the Senate entreating his colleagues to recapture the spirit of consensus-building that is the lifeblood of a representative democracy. It should be taken as a teachable moment for a Congress headed down a dead-end path of hyper-partisanship and gridlock.

Space Policy

The Center for the Study of the Presidency Space Policy Project (SPP) seeks to identify real, actionable recommendations for the integration of commercial technologies into the national security space architecture.

Autonomous Vehicle Revolution

A future in which autonomous motor vehicles are capable of picking up passengers, navigating suburban, urban, and rural streets, and automatically reacting to roadway obstacles is not that far away. Already, various models of autonomous vehicles are being tested in research facilities and, increasingly, on public roadways.

The Better Business of Government

Over the past year-and-a-half, the Center for the Study of the Presidency & Congress (CSPC) has examined the issues impacting government procurement and potential reforms to the procurement system.

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.

2017-2018 Fellows Program

For more than forty years, CSPC has drawn on the lessons of history to support policy makers, assist Presidential transitions, and navigate the challenges of today.

Triumphs & Tragedies Series

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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 2018

When Dwight D. Eisenhower ascended to the presidency, the former Supreme Allied Commander lamented the lack of historical case studies to prepare him for civilian political leadership.

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