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Slade Gorton International Policy Center

Global Leaders Program Now Accepting Applications

The Slade Gorton International Policy Center is accepting applications for its Global Leaders Program, a nine-month leadership-development program. The program, for up to 18 undergraduate (juniors and seniors), graduate-, and law-school students in the Puget Sound area, meets from October 2018 to June 2019. Learn more.

90th Birthday Celebration for Senator Slade Gorton

At his 90th birthday celebration, held April 12 at Safeco Field, Slade presented the first annual Slade Gorton Leadership Award to Mike McGavick, CEO, XL Group Ltd., and former Gorton Chief of Staff. Slade was honored and moved to have so many family, friends and supporters join him for this special event. We would like to thank all those who attended the celebration and made donations to the Gorton Center.

The Slade Gorton International Policy Center will be the living legacy of Senator Gorton’s extraordinary contributions to the nation and Washington State. The Gorton Center will have three research priorities. First, the Gorton Center will incorporate and build on ongoing NBR initiatives to sponsor research in economics and trade, energy security, energy and the environment, and other important issues.

Second, the Gorton Center will build on NBR’s robust program of terrorism-related studies and leverage Slade’s work as the first permanently appointed member of the 9/11 Commission to address how the United States is organized to meet the difficult intelligence questions of our time. Third, the Gorton Center will embark on a new initiative in keeping with Senator Gorton’s—and Senator Scoop Jackson’s—passion for encouraging the pursuit of freedom, democracy, security, and prosperity throughout the world. Underscoring the proposition that open societies, rule of law, and vigilant defense are essential to a peaceful, just, and prosperous future, the Gorton Center will seek to understand the nexus of freedom and security in an Asian context.

Global Leaders Program Reception

The Gorton Center will welcome the new 2017–18 Global Leaders Program Fellows at a reception on September 19 at George F. Russell Jr. Hall. Past GLP Fellows and speakers and others interested in the program are invited. For more information or to RSVP, contact us at


For more information on the Slade Gorton International Policy Center or to provide financial support to the Gorton Center, please contact:

Mariana Parks
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Creigh H. Agnew
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Gorton Center Global Leaders Program

The Gorton Center received a record number of applications for the Global Leaders Program class of 2017–18. Finalists will be interviewed over the summer and selections will be announced by Labor Day.

Gorton Center Discussion Series: International Trade and Environmental Sustainability in the 21st Century

In May 2017, the Gorton Center hosted a panel discussion with former Ambassador to China, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce, and former Governor of Washington Gary Locke, and Bill Bryant, former Seattle Port Commission President, former candidate for Governor of Washington in 2016, and CEO and President of Bryant Christie Inc.

2017 Update to the IP Commission Report

On February 27, 2017, the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property (The IP Commission) released an update that provides a new assessment of the problem and details progress to date on recommendations from the 2013 IP Commission Report. The IP Commission was supported by unrestricted funding provided by NBR and its Slade Gorton International Policy Center. Commission members include Gov. Jon Huntsman, Adm. Dennis Blair, and Sen. Slade Gorton. Read the report update at

The 9/11 Conference

NBR's Slade Gorton International Policy Center held "The 9/11 Conference: Security Solutions for the Next Ten Years" on September 9, 2011. Tracy Reinhold (FBI) and other top leaders from policy, industry, and academe joined 9/11 Commissioners Slade Gorton and Bob Kerrey to assess today's most pressing terrorism threats and to discuss solutions for a more secure world. Learn more and access the conference report and conference video.

Slade Gorton: A Half Century in Politics

Co-published by the Slade Gorton International Policy Center and the Washington State Heritage Center, this biography by John Hughes covers the Senator’s early life, years in the Washington State Legislature, three terms as Washington State Attorney General, three terms as U.S. Senator, and post-Senate career, including his time on the 9/11 Commission. View video from the November 17 book launch event and order the book.

The Next Ten Years of Post-9/11 Security Efforts

Sen. Slade Gorton, the first permanent appointment to the 9/11 Commission, says intelligence-sharing and cooperation within the government have improved in the ten years since the September 11 attacks, but the U.S. has fallen short of the commission’s recommendations for allocating intelligence funding and reforming congressional oversight.

Gorton Center Case for Support

The Gorton Center will pursue significant policy research by employing a lean, core staff who will collaborate with top institutions and contract with premier scholars to conduct research, hold seminars and briefings, and engage decisionmakers.

Policy Research

The Gorton Center will incorporate and build on current NBR projects in the Economic and Trade Affairs group. It will also address the defense issues central to Senator Gorton’s work on the 9/11 Commission.

"Slade has provided an extraordinary set of standards by which to measure NBR's intellectual rigor, effectiveness, and integrity. For this and all that he has done over the past half century, it is fitting that NBR establish the Slade Gorton International Policy Center...."

Richard J. Ellings, President, The National Bureau of Asian Research

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Gorton Center Global Leaders

This year’s Sally Gorton Leadership Award Winner, Elena Swartz (UW), is living in Kathmandu, Nepal as a member of the Henry Luce Scholars program. Desiree Phair (UW Law), recipient of the first GLP Special Award for Outstanding Writing, is studying for the Bar Exam next week—wish her luck!

Other graduates of our most recent GLP class (2016/17) are busy as well. Here are some we’ve heard from: Grant Beckett (UW) has accepted a position as technical recruiting coordinator with VitalSource IT in Bellevue; Lane Covington (UW) is Public Relations and Communication Director for the King County Republican Party; Bruno Fiorentini (UW) is our Gorton Center Assistant as he enters his senior year at the Jackson School; Cesar Garcia (UW) is an Administrative Specialist at King County Department of Public Defense; Anne-Celine Jeffroy-Maynard (SU) is leading an immersion trip to France with students from Seattle Prep; Sara Kang (SPU) is working on the national “Housing not Handcuffs” campaign for the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty in Washington D.C.; Helena Kerr (SPU) is at Princeton for the 2017 Junior Summer Institute hosted by The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs; Leah Li (UW) is interning at VMware in Washington DC; Johnny Merolla (Northeastern) will be a communications associate with Minerva Strategies in Seattle; Julie Michlal (UW) is traveling abroad for the next several months; Alissa Neuman (SU) will work at an environmental law firm in downtown Seattle for the next year; Tyler Pichette (UW) is Legislative Aide for King County Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer; Marciano Quinonez (UW) is a legal assistant in the US Attorney’s Office. Ben Robbins (UW Law) will serve as a judicial clerk for Judge Edward F. Shea in the District Court of the Eastern District of Washington. Learn more about this year's outstanding group of Global Leaders.

25th Anniversary Celebration of Senator Slade Gorton Saving the Seattle Mariners

The 25th Anniversary Celebration of Senator Slade Gorton saving the Seattle Mariners was a fundraising event hosted by the Seattle Mariners to honor Senator Gorton, the Slade Gorton International Policy Center, and U.S.–Japan cooperation. Learn more.

Op-eds by Sen. Slade Gorton

The Government Is Not Prepared for a Cyberattack
CNBC (September 9, 2016)

Ten Years after 9/11, Americans Are Safer but There Is More to Do
Seattle Times (September 6, 2011)

Programs and Scholarship Funds

Gorton Center Global Leaders Program

Sally Gorton Scholarship Fund