Throughout its history, CSPC has led programs on a range of national and international issues.
In 2007, the Center began an informal diplomatic effort to aid in the reestablishment of trust between Israel and the Palestinian territories. Conceived by Representative Frank Wolf and endorsed by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the Center worked on fostering socio-economic development, improving health care collaboration, and synergizing both Israeli and Palestinian technological efforts.
The Afghanistan Study Group was a concentrated study group lead by the Center and prominent experts on the region and foreign policy, and released its report on Capitol Hill in January 2008. The goal of the AFG was to provide policy makers with key recommendations that would lead to a revitalization of the United States’ and international community’s commitment to Afghanistan.
Beginning in 2002, the Center launched a multi-year initiative to strengthen U.S. relations with predominantly Muslim countries and to revitalize America’s engagement with Muslim populations around the world.
Supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Center hosted events in fall 2010 and spring 2011 on Civility and the American Experience.
A seminar series in December 2006, Crisis Leadership: Securing Societies, Protecting Homelands, aimed to address public leadership reactions post-crises, initiated CSPC’s Crisis Leadership program. In March 2007, the Center hosted its second seminar of Crisis Leadership at the Capitol with the goal of navigating the politics of crisis leadership by building off the previous conference’s findings.
In response to the multitude of problems facing our nation, the Center created the Declaration on Civility and Inclusive Leadership, a document aimed at forging national unity by crossing party lines. The Declaration has garnered support from professional athletes to government officials and has secured over 200 signatories.
Strengthening Multi-Lateral Leadership: A European Exchange Program was started by the Center in the fall of 2008 in an effort to improve transatlantic relations. The program brought 14 young leaders from positions of policy planning in European governments to Washington, DC, to meet experts involved in the 2009 and past Presidential transitions. Participants returned in the spring of 2009 to evaluate the progression of the transition through the first 100 days of the Obama Administration.
Together with Meridian International Center, the Center aimed to develop a grant-making Foundation for International Understanding (FIU) that would support the use of new media and technology to connect entrepreneurs and youth around the world. Grants would be awarded to talented media providers and content developers who use novel approaches to breaking down cross-cultural communication barriers.
Beginning with off-the-record dialogues sponsored for then-incoming Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, the Center has continued to sponsor roundtable discussions concerning homeland security featuring think tanks, universities and business leaders.
Initially begun as a “Fresh Eyes on Iraq” Task Force, the Iraq Study Group (ISG) was formally announced on Capitol Hill in 2006 with the support of Senators and Congressmen from both sides of the aisle. The Center helped garner this support, aided in the formation of Expert Working Groups to provide an analysis of the political situation with Iraq, and traveled to Europe to relay its findings to senior officials in the British government, NATO, and the European Union. Final ISG recommendations were issued to the White House in December of 2006.
Nuclear Defense Working Group (link)
The Center-sponsored Nuclear Defense Working Group (NDWG) was a series of meetings and working group sessions amongst technology, science, and policy experts aimed at improving U.S. efforts to prevent and/or defend against clandestine nuclear attacks. The NDWG began in May 2007, and the findings are currently being shared with Congressional leaders and senior staff.
The Center worked with over 40 experts on NATO and South and Central Asia to enhance NATO’s involvement in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Center conducted an analysis of the untapped capacities and immediate reforms NATO members can provide in order to bolster the international mission in Afghanistan. In order to help convince Allies of the need for enhanced commitments, the Center also performed an assesment of the threat that extremists in South and Central Asia pose to Europe and North America.
Established in 2005, the National Consortium for Character-Based Leadership works to disseminate the belief that character and leadership must be fostered simultaneously. The Center brought together teachers, administrators, academics, and professional leaders to together to work on creative approaches to support this belief in our youth. Beginning in 2009, Center Fellow Bud Krogh spoke at several NCCBL conferences about his unique experiences while working under President Nixon and the lessons he learned that resulted in “The Integrity Zone,” a decision-making model intended to help people make choices based on integrity in their professional and personal lives.
Building on its 2001 Comprehensive Strategic Reform, the Center began sponsoring the Project on National Security Reform in 2006. PNSR’s goal was to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the national security system through a series of case studies and proceedings. The PNSR has since become an independent organization led by James R. Locher III.
The Center has done numerous projects focused on the intersection of religion and public policy in the United States.
Funded through a generous grant from the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, the Strengthening America’s Future Initiative has identified and developed breakthrough policy options with the hope of gaining bipartisan support and meet the vast array of challenges facing our nation. The commission held its Small and mid-Sized Business roll-out on Capitol Hill in October of 2009, presented its Fiscal Future Commission before Congress in December, and presented the bulk of its report at the beginning of 2010.