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Saving the Reagan Presidency:
Trust is the Coin of the Realm

New Declaration on Civility and Signatuers

Mazimizing NATO for the War on Terror

Presidential Studies Quarterly

Triumphs and Tragedies of the Modern Presidency

CSP Brochure

The Grace and Power of Civilty

Strengthening U.S. Muslim Communications

Fellows Publications

CSP to Honor David Abshire

David Abshire has served our nation for more than 40 years and has served as President and CEO of the Center since 1999. He co-founded the Center for Strategic and International Studies, served as U.S. Ambassador to NATO, and was President Reagan's Special Counselor during the Iran-Contra scandal. CSIS will join CSP in honoring Dr. Abshire by offering four Capitol Hill sessions on leadership and national security, hosted by Senator John Warner. For more information, or to reserve an Awards Dinner table or seat, please contact Mary O'Connor or Jessica Morgan at 202-872-9800 or [email protected]


CSP Convenes 'Nuclear Defense Working Group' of Experts on Smuggled Nuclear Threat

To address critical issues in developing, deploying, and managing a more comprehensive defense against the threat of smuggled nuclear weapons, the Center for the Study of the Presidency has formed the Nuclear Defense Working Group. Former senior Los Alamos National Laboratory official Dr. Richard Wagner chairs the Nuclear Defense Working Group. The Center's Jonah Czerwinski serves as project director.

The Working Group recently met during the final stages of a senior-level task force charged with developing a layered defense against weapons of mass effect, which was commissioned by the Secretary of Homeland Security's Advisory Council and will report to Secretary Chertoff in January 2006. Among other topics, the Working Group considers how the U.S. Government can better think about using intelligence to prevent covert attack with a nuclear weapon, the use of red teaming, the nature of the threat, and how to define success. Need a high-quality custom essay? Let handle it for you!


Three Presidential Fellows Win Rhodes Scholarships:

The Center for the Study of the Presidency is pleased to announce that three Presidential Fellows have been selected as American Rhodes Scholars-elect for 2006. Center Fellows selected include:

  • William Kelly, the Admiral James Stockdale Fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency in 2004-2005 from the U.S. Naval Academy, wrote his paper on the Neo-American Era: Presidential Advisors and the Rise of Neoconservative Foreign Policy.
  • Luke Norris, a senior at Gettysburg College in the Fellows Class of 2005-2006 will write his paper on The Presidential Preserve of Political Capital in Foreign Affairs: Aaron Wildavsky's Two Presidencies Theory and the Presidency of George W. Bush.
  • Bret Shaheen, Fellows Class of 2004-2005 from the University of Pennsylvania wrote his paper on NAFTA, Coalition Building, and the Clinton Presidency.

The Center's Presidential Fellows program is a non-resident fellowship that brings 85 top undergraduate and graduate students to Washington, D.C. twice a year to gain first-hand knowledge of the public policy process. (more)


National Defense Magazine Publishes CSP Article on Home Guard

CSP President David Abshire and Senior Research Fellow Jonah Czerwinski call for a bipartisan commission to develop a National Guard realignment plan that includes the creation of a non-deployable "Home Guard" when extended military commitments take local National Guard and Reserve troops overseas.


National Journal Interviews CSP President

National Journal writer Carl Cannon speaks with CSP President David M. Abshire about his fifth book, the insurgency in Iraq, and what President Bush can do to strengthen the nation in the War on Terror and Family Incest


Under Secretary of State Karen Hughes Discusses Proposed Foundation for International Understanding (FIU) with CSP Board of Trustees

Karen Hughes, Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, and Dina Powell, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, recently met with the CSP Board of Trustees. While outlining the Administration's strategy for strengthening America's ability to communicate with other societies, Secretary Hughes emphasized the need to mobilize the private sector to help achieve this goal. She praised CSP's ongoing initiative to develop an architecture for a proposed Foundation for International Understanding (FIU), which would marshal the talent and ingenuity of America's media, entertainment, and educational sectors to bridge the gap in understanding accross borders.

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CSP President Ambassador David M. Abshire publishes book on Saving the Reagan Presidency: Trust is the Coin of the Realm.



Civility and Inclusive Leadership
More than 170 distinguished national leaders have signed the Center's Declaration on Civility and Inclusive Leadership, which seeks to revive the civility and inclusive leadership so essential to effective government. Civility is not compromise. It is mutual respect, listening, and the ability to develop trust so that people with genuine differences can find creative solutions on higher ground. Program activities include a national poll with Zogby International, the formation of a National Committee to Unite a Divided America, briefings for Executive, Congressional and private sector leaders and local groups active on this issue. The Center will continue to elevate this issue to the highest levels of government while engaging leaders in business, academia, religion, the military and public policy organization in a public dialogue on a core principle of democracy.

Recent publications include:
New Declaration on Civility and Signatories
Grace and Power of Civility
Zogby Poll


Communicating America, Democracy and Freedom
In response to the sharp global rise in anti-Americanism, in 2003 CSP organized a two-day conference and publication on Strengthening U.S.-Muslim Communications. Congress is now funding a Center effort to develop the business plan for a new grant-making organization, called the Foundation for International Understanding. Once operational, this non-profit foundation would fund the production of television, radio, Internet and other media programs that best convey American history, institutions and values, and which educate Americans about other cultures. Participants include the Annenberg School for Communications at the University of Southern California,Indian porn, Sesame Workshop, major media companies, independent producers, National Public Radio, and the State Department.


Homeland Security
CSP’s Homeland Security team has worked with Executive Branch leadership and Congressional members and staff since early 2001. In 2002, CSP began actively advising decision makers via our Homeland Security Roundtable Series with experts from the policy community, academia, national laboratories, and the private sector. The Center also develops issue papers and policy studies. Current initiatives include:


Combating Nuclear Terrorism

A Layered Prevention Strategy Against Weapons of Mass Effect

Bridging the Transatlantic Divide to Meet Shared 21st Century Threats

The National Guard and Reserves: Strained Support in Need of Reform


Global Economic Stability and Liberty
In 2001, the Center began counseling senior White House, Treasury, State and Congressional officials on aspects of global economic leadership, focusing initially on the dangers of economic “contagion” in industrial and emerging nations. CSP next organized a dialogue on Middle East economics for Treasury Secretary John Snow, and soon will prepare sessions on East Asian economies. Additionally, the Center has been invited by the Government Accountability Office to increase awareness of the implications of America’s exploding budget, trade and entitlement debts. Responding to this challenge, the Center has begun working with the private sector on strategic and policy implications. The Center has also highlighted these concerns in its Declaration on Civility and will link foreign and domestic economic issues in selected seminars.
Presidential Leadership to Forge a New Generation of Young Leaders
This Center Fellows Program brings 85 of the nation’s top college and university students to Washington for leadership conferences in the spring and in the fall that feature high-level government officials from the Executive and Legislative branches of government and the policy community. The centerpiece of the program is the research, writing and defense of an original paper on Presidential leadership. CSP publishes the best papers in an annual anthology. All papers are posted on the CSP website.

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