Past Events

Jun. 6, 2012
Ogilvy Washington Headquarters

While healthy, civil debate between political parties is an essential component of American democracy, the current poisonous partisanship in politics is impeding progress on issues of vital importance to the nation. Despite this reality, strong examples exist of political leaders who have transcended party lines and improved the government function. What lessons can we learn from these "best practices" in bipartisanship to shift our divisive discourse and restore common ground and collaborative thinking? What issues can we focus on today that hold promise in bridging this partisan gap?

"The Case for Bipartisanship" brought together BPC President Jason Grumet, Jim Douglas, former Vermont Governor and BPC Governors' Council member, and Dan Glickman, former Congressman of Kansas, former Secretary of Agriculture, and BPC Senior Fellow, to explore the historical dynamic and importance of bipartisanship and offer new ideas on key issues that are ripe for bipartisan action. 

Jun. 6, 2012
Hyatt Regency

Blog Recap: Senators Bingaman and Murkowski Keynote BPC Nuclear Event

In January 2012, the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future issued a consensus report recommending a new comprehensive strategy to manage and dispose of the nation's spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste. Breaking the current stalemate requires action by both the Administration and Congress.

BPC's Nuclear Initiative held a discussion of ongoing efforts to implement the Blue Ribbon Commission recommendations and achieve near-term progress on nuclear waste storage and disposal.


Jun. 6, 2012
Bipartisan Policy Center

A bipartisan group of former cabinet secretaries released a comprehensive and actionable plan to improve America’s physical and fiscal crises, driven by the alarming rates of obesity and chronic disease today. Former Secretaries of Agriculture Dan Glickman and Ann M. Veneman and former Secretaries of Health and Human Services Donna E. Shalala and Mike Leavitt released the recommendations today, calling needed attention to our mounting health care spending, which is expected to reach $4.6 trillion dollars annually by 2020 and consume 19.8% of GDP.

Jun. 5, 2012
Westin St. Louis

Former Senator Kit Bond joined the BPC Housing Commission and the Jack Kemp Foundation in holding a public forum in St. Louis to discuss the importance of public-private partnerships in addressing the nation’s housing challenges.

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.