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A critical mission of the Institute is to inspire substantive and creative collaboration between political and academic leaders, providing a combination of close-up perspectives on events on the ground as well as the latest research and intellectual inquiry.

Offering access to the extensive resources of the Institute, the Kennedy School of Government, and Harvard University, we tap experienced leaders and committed participants from government and academia for conferences that foster lively exchanges on major issues in leadership and public affairs. We support constructive dialogue on public and political life in annual events that include The Bipartisan Program for Newly Elected Members of Congress, The Seminar on Transition and Leadership for Newly Elected Mayors, and The Campaign for President: The Decision-Makers Look Back.

We also partner throughout the year with key political organizations, such as the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the National Association of Secretaries of State, Google, The Internet Association, the Shorenstein Center at the Harvard Kennedy School to discuss timely issues and explore solutions.

Click here to learn more about the Political Conferences Program
Check out a Summary of the 2012 Campaign Decision-Makers Conference