Past Events

May. 22, 2012
Bipartisan Policy Center

Blog Recap: Experts Discuss Veterans' Transition into the Work Force

Today, more than 12 million Americans are unemployed and actively seeking work. For veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan the situation is even more dire, with an unemployment rate nearly 40 percent higher than that of the general population.

However, employers are seeking to fill more than 3.5 million job openings. How do we bridge the divide and provide unemployed workers with the skills and competencies these opportunities require? How can industry collaborate with government to fill the gap when federal resources for job training programs have declined by 18 percent since 2006? And as we prepare to celebrate national service on Memorial Day, how can we ease the transition of veterans back into the civilian workforce?

BPC examined these issues and more with leaders from the public and private sectors.


May. 14, 2012
Bipartisan Policy Center

On May 23, the United States and its international partners sat down in Baghdad for another round of talks with Iran. While a diplomatic deal remains the best hope for a peaceful resolution to the international standoff over Iran's nuclear program, experts disagree over what terms the United States should accept and what can be expected from Iran. BPC hosted a distinguished panel for a discussion of what to expect from, and what is at stake in, the upcoming negotiations.

May. 9, 2012
Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2203

With Russia's entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO), the U.S. could be at a commercial and political disadvantage if it does not graduate Russia from the Jackson-Vanik amendment and grant it permanent normal trade relations (PNTR) status. At the same time, many policymakers and experts have serious concerns about shortcomings on human rights and the rule of law in Russia, and favor an approach to Russia that addresses those concerns. Following its recent analysis of the subject, BPC's Foreign Policy Project held a discussion on the future of U.S.-Russian relations and building a more constructive bilateral relationship with Russia, including promoting Russian human rights, rule of law, democracy, transparency, civil society and commercial engagements.

May. 3, 2012
Marriott Wardman Park

The Eighth Annual Physician Workforce Research Conference will be held May 3-4, 2012 in Washington, D.C at the Marriott Wardman Park. This conference is the premier opportunity for researchers, educators, and policymakers to meet and discuss federal and state workforce issues. The theme this year will be Stretching our Health Workforce to Meet Population Need.

May. 1, 2012
Bipartisan Policy Center

Where have all the moderate Republicans gone? A generation ago, both parties had significant moderate wings. But each election has yielded a hollower middle, and today the political parties are much more clearly divided into conservative and liberal camps. BPC hosted a panel of experts on the disappearance of political centrists from the Republican Party.

Stay tuned for a future event on the decline of Blue Dogs in the Democratic Party, "The Vanishing Moderate Democrat."

Apr. 30, 2012
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Many have commented on how much Congress has changed over the last 40 years for a variety of reasons, most noticeably from the increasing importance of political parties in the legislative process and their increased polarization from each other.  Has this trend toward what some political scientists have termed, "conditional party government" provided a sharper choice for voters to choose from or has it pushed Congress into a parliamentary cul de sac with no central accountability exit ramps at either end of Pennsylvania Avenue?  These were some of the questions this roundtable of former members, congressional staff and area political scientists tackled along with the ultimate question of whether there is any way to restore a greater measure of deliberation and bipartisan national problem-solving.

Apr. 24, 2012
University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs

In the wake of the controversial 2000 presidential election - and high-profile close elections like those in 2008 and 2010 in Minnesota - scholars and practitioners alike are examining how states can best handle the challenges of disputed elections. Political considerations often get top billing, but the legal questions presented are often the most difficult to resolve. Add the fact that new technology and procedures are reshaping elections across the country and it becomes clear that the nation needs to think hard - and well in advance - how to resolve disputes about who actually won an election.

Apr. 17, 2012
Rollins College (Bush Auditorium)

The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) Housing Commission held a public forum in Winter Park, Florida to discuss the state’s response to pressures on Florida’s housing market, where foreclosures are nearly double the national average. According to CoreLogic’s February foreclosure report, the Orlando and Tampa metros tied for the highest foreclosure rate, with 12.3 percent (1 in 8) of homes with a mortgage in some stage of the foreclosure process.

Apr. 12, 2012
Bipartisan Policy Center

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper recently stated that Iranian officials "have changed their calculus and are now more willing to conduct an attack in the United States in response to real or perceived U.S. actions that threaten the regime."

BPC announced the new members of its Homeland Security Project and examined the domestic nature of the Iranian threat, including actions that the U.S. can take to be better prepared to prevent and respond to transnational terrorism.

Apr. 11, 2012
Bipartisan Policy Center

Is there a demographic trend that favors either party? Ruy Teixeira, author of The Emerging Democratic Majority, has argued that the Democratic future is bright with the growth of the Hispanic vote and the move of younger educated voters to the Democratic Party. Sean Trende, in his recently released The Lost Majority: Why the Future of Government Is Up for Grabs - and Who Will Take It, argues that the future is less certain for Republicans and Democrats. Both the Reagan coalition and the Clinton/Obama coalition have fractures, and there is no clear indication of what the future holds.