Past programs

Strengthening America’s Future Initiative

In 2007 through 2009, CSPC convened the Strengthening America’s Future Initiative, inspired by Dr. Abshire’s book, A Call to Greatness: Challenging the Next President.

Financial Crisis Contingency Planning: Sovereign Gambit Exercise

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 tabletop exercise on financial contingencies facilitated by Booz Allen Hamilton.

Religion & Public Policy

The Center has done numerous projects focused on the intersection of religion and public policy in the United States.  A recent project—led by CSPC Trustee Ambassador Francis Rooney—focused on the relationship between the United States and the Holy See.

Project on National Security Reform

Building on its 2001 report on Comprehensive Strategic Reform, the Center, with support from the Department of Defense, began sponsoring the Project on National Security Reform in 2006.

National Consortium for Character-Based Leadership

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.

Mobilizing NATO for Afghanistan & Pakistan

The Center worked with over 40 experts—including the former Supreme Allied Commander Gen. Bantz Craddock, U.S. Army (Ret.)—on NATO and South and Central Asia to enhance NATO’s involvement in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Nuclear Defense Working Group (NDWG)

The Center-sponsored 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 were shared with Congressional leaders and senior staff.

Iraq Study Group

In 2006, CSPC co-convened—with CSIS, USIP, and the Baker Institute—the Iraq Study Group in order to discuss policy options for the ongoing War in Iraq.  The study group, co-chaired by former Secretary of State James Baker and Congressman Lee Hamilton, included two CSPC Trustees, Chuck Robb and Ed Meese.

Homeland Security Roundtables

Beginning with off-the-record dialogues sponsored for then-incoming Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, the Center continued to sponsor roundtable discussions concerning homeland security featuring think tanks, universities and business leaders.  The most recent roundtables led to the current CSPC project on U.S.

European Exchange Program

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.