According to a new study by BPC and the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), the per capita cost of military personnel on active duty increased by 42 percent over the last decade. Overall, growth in cost was much faster than growth in the number of people serving. AEI and BPC hosted a conversation about the cost trends impacting America’s professional volunteer force and their implications for the future.
As the P5+1 approaches the July 20th deadline for a final Iran nuclear deal, what standards should Congress seek in an acceptable agreement? And what are the stakes for the United States and its allies? BPC, the Foreign Policy Initiative, and the Foundation for Defense of Democracies hosted a public forum on these and other questions featuring Members of Congress and experts.
Four years after the passage of the Dodd-Frank Act, BPC hosted a discussion of what has been accomplished in financial regulatory reform since the financial crisis, what challenges remain, and BPC's recommendations for how to address them.
BPC hosted former Members of the House and Senate Budget Committees and former Congressional Budget directors on the 40th anniversary of the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act to discuss its past, its present, and its future.
Turkey's March 2014 local elections took place in the shadow of serious concerns about Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's increasing authoritarianism. Unresolved allegations of voting irregularities, detailed in the Bipartisan Policy Center's recent report, Shadows and Doubts, are likely to intensify Turkish society's polarization and unrest ahead of the presidential elections in August 2014. Erdoğan has now not only announced his candidacy for president but also strongly suggested that, if successful, he will introduce a presidential or semi-presidential system in which even more political power is concentrated in his own hands.
Senators Tom Daschle, Trent Lott and Olympia Snowe along with Secretary Dan Glickman and Governor Dirk Kempthorne announced a set of bipartisan recommendations. Over the past 18 months, BPC's Commission on Political Reform, a group of thirty Americans from all political stripes, has engaged concerned citizens across the country to develop these reforms.
BPC hosted a Citizens Social Hour sponsored by We, the Pizza! The event celebrated the release of the Commission on Political Reform’s report: Governing in a Polarized Nation: A Bipartisan Blueprint To Strengthen Our Democracy.
BPC’s Health Project hosted a policy forum on delivery system reform, focusing on the transition from a volume-based to value-based health care delivery system.
The Energy Project hosted former Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Energy Susan Tierney (D) and former Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Jeffrey Holmstead (R) for a discussion of the section 111(d) power sector proposal.
BPC hosted a discussion of the regional implications of the emerging conflict in Iraq, how it will impact regional players, and what U.S. interests and policy options might be.