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.
At a time when young Americans face record unemployment rates, trillions of dollars in student loan debt, and a diminishing Social Security Trust Fund, Common Sense Action, a nationwide Millennial grassroots organization, released its Agenda for Generational Equity during an event at The Washington Center.
BPC hosted a public discussion with several nuclear experts and interested stakeholders to identify the barriers prohibiting movement on nuclear waste and the measures to remove or reduce those barriers.
BPC and Embassy of the Republic of Poland held a discussion about how to reinvigorate the transatlantic relationship, with a particular focus on how Poland and other relatively recent members of the European community can today work with the United States toward the continued goal of a Europe whole and free.
The Bipartisan Policy Center, the Business Roundtable, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation hosted a discussion with former Republican governors who played an integral role in the adoption of the Common Core State Standards in their respective states.