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On Leadership: Second-Term Presidents

Bipartisan Policy Center
The Foundation, in partnership with the Bipartisan Policy Center's Democracy Project, held a discussion about second-term presidents focusing on such questions as: 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 will address 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
Susan Page, Washington Bureau Chief, USA TODAY
Kenneth Duberstein, White House Chief of Staff, 1988-1989

Moderated by:
John Fortier, Director, BPC's Democracy Project

Global Trends in the Next Decade: Implications for U.S. National Security, Diplomacy, and Development

Global Sustainability and Resilience Program, Wilson Center
The Foundation, in partnership with the Wilson Center, hosted an event on June 4, 2015 focused on how global trends, from climate change and population dynamics to food, water, and energy security, are shaping the future of U.S. national security, diplomacy, and development policy.

Ruth Greenspan Bell, Public Policy Scholar, Wilson Center
Alice Thomas, Senior Advisor on Human Rights, Refugees International
Karin Fischer, Senior Reporter, Chronicle for Higher Education
Ted Adams, Program Specialist, Office of Strategic Partnerships, Peace Corps
James Schear, Public Policy Scholar, Africa Program, Wilson Center

Moderated by:
Roger-Mark De Souza
, Director of Population, Environmental Security, and Resilience, Wilson Center

Assessing U.S. Sanctions: Impact, Effectiveness, Consequences

Kennan Institute
The Foundation in partnership with the Kennan Institute held a one-day event in Washington, D.C. focused on the role that sanctions play in U.S. foreign policy.  The unfolding crisis in Ukraine has the United States and its European allies struggling to find a way to respond to Russia's actions and continuing violation of Ukrainian sovereignty.

Given the importance and likely duration of the conflict in Ukraine, this is an important moment to examine the impact, effectiveness, and consequences of U.S. and U.S.-led sanctions as a policy tool. This conference focused not just on Russia, but also on past and current examples of sanctions elsewhere worldwide.

Links to videos of each of the panel discussions are available below:

Panel 1:  Do U.S. Sanctions Work:  A Historical Look at Sanctions
Moderator:  Lara Iglitzin, Executive Director, Henry M. Jackson Foundation
Daniel Drezner, Professor, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
George Lopez, Vice President, Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding, United States Institute of Peace
Ted Henken, Associate Professor, Baruch College, CUNY

Panel 2: The Birth of Smart Sanctions:  Iran and Russia
Moderator:  William Pomeranz, Deputy Director, Kennan Institute
Elizabeth Rosenberg, Senior Fellow, Center for New American Security
Randy Bregman, Partner, Dentons
Richard Wood, Counsellor, Foreign & Security Policy, British Embassy

Lunch and Keynote Address
Introduction by John Hempelmann
, President of the Board of Governors, Henry M. Jackson Foundation
Ambassador Daniel Fried, Coordinator for Sanctions Policy, U.S. Department of State

Panel 3: Sanctions and Statecraft in the 21st Century

Moderator: Hon. Mark Gitenstein, Partner, Mayer Brown; Former U.S. Ambassador to Romania
Richard Perle, Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
Juan Zarate, Senior Advisor, Transnational Threats Project and Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Program, CSIS; Former Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor
Meg Lundsager, Public Policy Fellow, Wilson Center; Former U.S. Executive Director, International Monetary Fund Executive Board.

Jackson/Van Ness Lecture

Lt. General Stephen R. Lanza

Lt. General Stephen R. Lanza, Commanding General, I Corps Joint Base Lewis-McChord, is a leader whose command stretches from Washington State military bases to Hawaii, Alaska, and Japan, gave an inspirational and motivating address at the recent Henry M. Jackson / William Van Ness Lecture on Leadership.  He spoke on "Building Agile and Adaptive Leaders for a Complex Environment" to a packed audience at Kane Hall, University of Washington.  To hear an audio recording of his presentation, please click here.  To see his slide presentation, please click here.  To view a transcript of the lecture, please click here

In 2010, the Henry M. Jackson Foundation inaugurated a lecture series to honor and link two men, William Van Ness, Jr., and Senator Jackson, whose careers were interwoven over many decades of public service. Both men exemplified the good judgement, integrity, and character inherent in true leadership.

The Henry M Jackson / William Van Ness Lectures on Leadership were established to showcase those qualities of leadership. Previous speakers include Senator Slade Gorton, UW President Michael K. Young, and the Honorable William D. Ruckelshaus.

China's Energy Crossroads: Forging a New Energy and Environmental Balance

National Bureau of Asian Research

The Foundation along with the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) held a Washington D.C. launch for NBR’s 2014 Energy Security Report, "China’s Energy Crossroads: Forging a New Energy and Environmental Balance."

This half-day event featured panel discussions with senior energy specialists including:

Chen Weidong (CNOOC Energy Economics Institute)
Erica Downs (Eurasia Group)
Craig Gannett (Henry M. Jackson Foundation)
Mikkal Herberg (NBR)
Li Zhidong (Institute of Energy Economics, Japan)
Meredith Miller (NBR)

Participants discussed major shifts underway in Beijing’s energy security strategies, and how China's energy needs will impact market, geopolitical, and environmental outlooks for the Asia-Pacific.

Download a copy of  NBR's Energy Security Report here.

Trade + Aid, Exploring Both the Harmony and the Discord

Masters of Arts in Applied International Studies
The Foundation is pleased to support this new series from the Masters of Arts in Applied International Studies at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies.  The November 20th discussion on Trade + Aid will include the following speakers:

David Burroughs Vice Chairman, Cascade Designs
Lisa Cohen Executive Director, Washington Global Health Alliance
Eric Schinfeld President, Washington Council on International Trade

Date:   November 20, 2014

Happy Hour (cash bar): 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Discussion: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Impact Hub Seattle
220 2nd Ave. South
Seattle, WA 98104

Register Here

An Evening with Activist and Author, David Burstein

David Burstein

The Henry M. Jackson Foundation hosted an evening reception with political activist, David Burstein.  As one of the bright new voices of the younger generation, David offered an overview of the Millennials and how to engage them more in civic life.  He addressed how to increase the Millennials’ role in the political landscape and the importance of investing in this young generation as it grows into our nation’s leadership.   As CEO of Run for America and author of Fast Future: How the Millennial Generation is Shaping Our World, David frequently speaks on the Millennials − the largest generation in U.S. history − and American political life. Founder of Generation 18, a nonpartisan voter engagement group, David also works with nonprofits and companies on how to understand and engage the Millennial Generation.

Monday, October 6, 2014

5:00-7:00 pm

Impact Hub Seattle

220 Second Ave South, Seattle WA 98104

This free event includes appetizers and beverages.

Books will be available for signing and purchase.

About David Burstein:
David, 25, serves as the CEO of Run for America, a disruptive postpartisan initiative to bring a new generation of talent into our political system and catalyze political leaders to start solving our biggest problems. He is the author of Fast Future: How the Millennial Generation is Shaping Our World, the first broad book written by a Millennial about the Millennial Generation. The book takes readers inside the largest generation in history to tell how and why they are changing business, technology, culture, and politics. Books will be available at the event for signing and purchase.

Previously David founded Generation18, a nonpartisan young-voter engagement organization. The organization grew out of the documentary film, 18 in '08, which David directed and produced about young voters in the 2008 election. From 2007-2008, Generation18 registered over 25,000 new voters, held over 1,000 events in 35 states, and produced a get-out-the-vote Public Service Announcement series with stars including Olivia Wilde and Maggie Gyllenhaal. For his work, David received a 2009 DoSomething Award and his story was featured on several million bags of Doritos. His 2012 follow-up film, Up to Us, focused on the optimism and resilience of the Millennial Generation in the face of the economic crisis.

National Security and Climate Change Public Briefing in Washington, D.C.

The Henry M. Jackson Foundation and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), in partnership with the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program, held a briefing on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 in Washington, D.C.

What do a White House senior advisor, scientists, military planners, business people and a member of Congress have in common?  At a June 4 symposium in Seattle organized by the Jackson Foundation and PNNL, they agreed that the impact of climate change on national security will only increase with time.  Thirty-six leaders from federal agencies, state and local government, research organizations, business, and academia participated in the symposium titled “The Intersection of National Security and Climate Change – What do Decision-makers Need to be Prepared?

The briefing focused on the key recommendations and consensus points that emerged from the June discussion and highlighted the next steps for action.  A Summary Report distributed at the event can be downloaded here.

  • John Marburger, Climate Change Affairs Officer, Task Force Climate Change Office of the Oceanographer of the Navy, will address the military’s perspective on the threats facing our nation from global warming.
  • Alice Hill, White House Senior Advisor for Preparedness and Resilience, will provide a perspective on the President’s priorities around national security and climate policy.
  • Dr. Ian Kraucunas, Deputy Director of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change division, will highlight climate trends and tools available to national and local decision-makers.
  • Larry Phillips, Chair, King County Council will discuss the Pacific Northwest’s strategies to tackle the threat of climate change.

Jackson Foundation Vice President Craig Gannett, a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine and co-chair of the firm’s Energy and Environmental practice group, moderated the discussion. Roger-Mark De Souza, Director of the Wilson Center’s Program opened the briefing and provided concluding remarks. 


The Intersection of National Security and Climate Change - What Decision-makers Need to be Prepared

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
The Foundation and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) held a public briefing on Thursday, June 5th, to discuss the outcomes of a high-level symposium held the day before.  The symposium explored the intersection between national security and climate change.  

U.S. and Northwest leaders are facing increasingly interrelated national security and climate change challenges – challenges that will only increase in the coming decades.  The symposium featured top scientists, military brass, university experts and public and private sector leaders.  Participants outlined strategies for tackling the risks faced by our nation and our region.

This public briefing provided the key outcomes from the discussion and highlighted planned next steps for action.

Speakers at the briefing included:
  • Larry Phillips, King County Council Chair and Jackson Foundation Board Member
  • Jeff Arnold, Ph.D., Senior climate scientist, US Army Corp of Engineers
  • Ian Kraucunas, Ph.D., Deputy Director of the Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change Division, PNNL
 Click here to watch a video of the briefing. 


The Future Direction of International Affairs Education & Foreign Language Studies in the U.S.

University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies
Together with the University of Washington's Jackson School of International Studies, the Foundation held a major conference with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. on the future of international studies.  The May 7 conference addressed current developments in international affairs education and foreign language study.

You can view a video of the conference here.

Working Across the Aisle, with U.S. Reps Kilmer and Reichert

Seattle CityClub
In partnership with the Jackson Foundation, Seattle CityClub held a luncheon discussion with U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-6th) and U.S. Representative Dave Reichert (WA-8th) on April 22.  They addressed bipartisanship in Congress and building trust between parties. 

Watch a video of the program here.

Environmental Policy & Management Strategies for the 21st Century

University of Washington Evans School of Public Affairs
Together with the Foundation, the Evans School of Public Affairs hosted a roundtable discussion on new methods, policies, and tools to assist policy-makers in addressing complex environmental issues. The four panelists included:

  • Ann Bostrom, Weyerhaeuser Endowed Professor in Environmental Policy, Evans School
  • Joseph H. Cook, Associate Professor, Evans School
  • Roel Hammerschlag, MPA '07, Principal, Hammerschlag & Co. LLC
  • Lily Hsueh, Ph.D. '12, National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

The discussion was moderated by the Foundation's Vice President, Craig Gannett, Partner and Co-Chair of Energy and Environmental Practice, Davis Wright Tremaine. Sandra O. Archibald, Dean and Professor, Evans School, offered the welcome.

Access the video of the full program here.

Public Interest Law in Russia

Kennan Institute
In partnership with the Jackson Foundation, the Kennan Institute held a conference in Washington, D.C. on April 3rd. This event gathered four Russian public interest lawyers and activists to discuss the development of public interest law in Russia. The panelists included Anton Burkov, a Russian lawyer in residence at the Kennan Institute in spring 2014, as well as Dmitri Bartenev, Anna Demeneva and Nadezhda Kutepova.

Access the audio file here.

On Leadership: Foreign Policy in Congress

Bipartisan Policy Center
On February 4, 2014, the Henry M. Jackson Foundation partnered with the Bipartisan Policy Center's (BPC) Democracy Project to hold a thought provoking discussion on foreign policy leadership in Congress.  Some major themes of the morning included constituent's lack of understanding about the importance of foreign relations, the need for Congress members to become more informed on foreign policy issues and the necessity of having bipartisan support for initiatives.

The panel discussion, moderated by John Fortier, Director, BPC's Democracy Project, featured Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN), President, The Lugar Center and Congressman Norm Dicks (D-WA) Senior Policy Advisor, Van Ness Feldman.  John Hempelmann offered opening remarks.

Watch a video of the introductory remarks by Foundation President John Hempelmann.

See the main discussion.

View the question and answer session.

Leadership Forum on Environmental Management and Policy

Evans School of Public Affairs
The Henry M. Jackson Foundation and the University of Washington Evans School of Public Affairs hosted a luncheon and discussion on
January 22, 2014. In attendance were the Evans School's Henry M. Jackson Fellowship current recipients and alumni, Evans School faculty with expertise in environmental management and policy, and members of the Foundation board. The discussion was moderated by John Hempelmann, President of the Foundation.

Panelists included former and current Jackson fellows Roel Hammerschlag, MPA ’07, (Jackson Fellow 2005-06), Principal of Hammerschlag & Co. LLC, an energy and climate policy analyst, Allison Kelly, current PhD student (Jackson Fellow 2011-12) focused on Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, and Neelima Shah, MPA 2002 (Jackson Fellow 2000-01) a Program Officer at the Bullitt Foundation. 

International Political Perspectives within the Strategic Rebalance to Asia

University of Washington Tacoma
The Henry M. Jackson Foundation, along with the Pierce Military and Business Alliance and The Tacoma News Tribune, sponsored the second event in the University of Washington's series on the United States' Strategic Rebalance to the Asia Pacific region at the Tacoma Campus. The event, open to the public, was held on January 15, 2014, and focused on the role of leadership and the importance of international political perspectives in shaping relations between the United States and the Asia-Pacific.

The panel, moderated by Professor Resat Kasaba Director, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, included  Minister Counselor Liu Weimin, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the United States, Lieutenant General Robert Brown, Commanding General, I Corp Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and President Michael Young, University of Washington.

Contending Perspectives on the Rule of Law in China

National Bureau of Asian Research
The Henry M. Jackson Foundation in partnership with The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR), and the University of Washington School of Law, hosted a conference on “Contending Perspectives on the Rule of Law in China” on Friday, November 15, 2013. The event was held in the Magnuson/Jackson Trial Courtroom in the University of Washington School of Law.

One major draw of the conference was the participation of Peking University’s Dr. He Weifang, a well-respected and outspoken scholar who has regularly been the target of censure and administrative punishment by the Chinese government. The event provided a rare opportunity to hear firsthand from one of the major proponents of legal reform and the rule of law in China. NBR will publish an article based on the presentations and the discussions at the conference in the first half of 2014. 

Russian Sanctions and the Future of the U.S. - EU - Russian Relationship

Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle

Join the Henry M. Jackson Foundation and the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle for lunch and a panel discussion on the current state of sanctions and implications for U.S. - EU - Russian political and economic relations.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

11:30 am Registration and Luncheon

12:00 noon - 1:30 pm Program

Seattle Metro Chamber of Commerce

1301 Fifth Ave. Ste. 1500, downtown Seattle

$10 for Students / $20 Members / $30 Non-Members

Includes luncheon



William Pomeranz, Deputy Director, Kennan Institute

David James Riley
, 1st Secretary, Foreign and Security Policy, British Embassy to the United States

Nelson Dong, Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Moderator: Lara Iglitzin, Executive Director, Henry M. Jackson Foundation

Since Russia's annexation of Crimea in March 2014, the U.S. and EU have tightened sanctions several times. The political and economic impact of the combined sanctions on Russia have been tremendous, dwarfing any pain to European farmers or even U.S. business interests. Tensions in U.S.- Russian relations are as high as they have been since the end of the USSR - and even since the Stalin era. Formerly warm relations between the European Union countries and Russia have chilled considerably. For example, Germany's Angela Merkel has maintained a tough line with President Putin particularly since the downing in July 2014 of the civilian jet over Ukraine.

Sanctions have already hurt Russia's economy, dampened travel and spending abroad by Russians, caused food prices to soar and the ruble to swoon. Combined with the dramatic dip in global oil prices, sanctions have been effective - and have fostered unusual unity between U.S. and European allies. Yet in the face of economic and political pushback, Putin continues to fuel the conflict in Ukraine.