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On Leadership: Second-Term Presidents

Bipartisan Policy Center
1225 Eye St. NW
Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20005
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The Bipartisan Policy Center’s Democracy Project, in partnership with the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, hosted a discussion about second-term presidents. How have past second-term presidents worked with Congress, with their own party, and with the opposing party? In what ways do their foreign policy goals shift from their first terms? When do they engage with the presidential candidates aiming to succeed them? Drawn from the wisdom of those who have served and covered second-term presidents, panelists addressed several dynamics with which a second-term president must contend that are unlike those from their first terms.

Opening remarks by:

John Hempelmann
President, Henry M. Jackson Foundation

Panel discussion with:

Sandy Berger
National Security Advisor, 1997-2001

Kenneth Duberstein
White House Chief of Staff, 1988-1989

Susan Page
Washington Bureau Chief, USA TODAY

Moderated by:

John Fortier
Director of the Democracy Project, BPC


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