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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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Sally Gorton Scholarship

This year’s Sally Gorton Scholarship and Leadership Award winner, DAVID KIRICHENKO (UW), will be participating in AEI's Summer Honors Program in Washington D.C. studying Democratic Capitalism. David was also selected as a young leader to represent the United States in Taiwan as a Mosaic Fellow and will spend some time in Taiwan.

Passing the Baton to a New Generation: The Gorton Center Global Leaders Program

The 5th GLP Class graduated in June. Here are our other outstanding graduates’ plans for the summer and beyond:

~HALEEMA BHAROOCHA (SU) will be joining Greenling Institute in Oakland as a Policy Fellow on the telecommunications and technology team to address net neutrality, digital redlining, and more, serving low-income people and communities of color. In the near future, Haleema plans to pursue a Masters of Public Policy and to run for office in her home state of California. ~ JUSTIN COLLINS (UW) will be continuing his work with Microsoft’s AS Solution. ~ NICK DEMURO (UW) looks forward to spending time with friends and family in Seattle while exploring opportunities to gain legal experience. ~ MAGGIE DOUGLAS (UW) will work in Senate Committee Services in Olympia over the summer, and continue with her final year at the Evans School of Public Policy. ~ DAVID EDWARDS (SU LAW) will be studying for the July 2018 Bar Exam while continuing to his volunteer work with community organizations in his free time. ~ KAI FRENAY (UW) will begin flight training in Mesa, Arizona with the intention of becoming a pilot for United Airlines. He will work toward a Director role at United, and upon reaching that goal will return to politics to advocate for conservative and free market policies. ~ SUPRIYA GORTHY (NORTHEASTERN) will be doing project management internship in the Project Management Office at Tacoma Power, Tacoma. ~ KATIE HUDAK (UW) will work in the professional exchanges division at Meridian International in Washington DC as a program associate. ~ CALEB HUFFMAN (UW) will be attending Yenching Academy at Peking University in Beijing, China as a Yenching Scholar to earn his MA in Chinese Law and Society before attending an American law school. ~ MADISON JONES (SU LAW) will be completing her 3L year at Seattle University School of Law and preparing to take the bar exam and will be working at Eaton Vance as part of their in house legal team during the summer. ~ TUCKER LINK (WWU) will attend Indiana University to study a Master of Public Affairs. He has been selected to be a John W. Ryan fellow there where as part of the fellowship requirement he will intern with the state of Indiana. ~ RACHEL PAIK (UW) Rachel will be going to the Republic Of Korea for a fellowship at a South Korean government think tank, the Nuclear Nonproliferation Education and Research Center. ~ LIEN PHAM (UW) will be travelling to Spain in the fall to study abroad. Upon her return, she will continue her study at the University of Washington as well as working on her non-profit. ~ RACHEL PLATIN (UW) will continue working in King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn’s office; and will be attending Gonzaga law in the fall on scholarship. ~ QUILL ROBINSON (UW) will leave in August to spend a year in Germany as a fellow with the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) for Young Professionals. He will also continue his work with the American Conservation Coalition, a millennial-led organization which advocates for free-market, limited-government solutions to environmental issues. ~ ETHAN TALBOTT (UW) Ethan will be relocating to D.C. to serve as a Presidential Management Fellow at the Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, as an Analyst focusing on assisting US companies in global markets, analyzing sanctions on foreign companies, and reviewing countervailing duty regulations. ~ ERNIE TAO (UW) will be working at Kaiser Permanente in the Provider Relations Division. ~ CONNOR WHITNEY (UW) hopes to find a job working to progress civil rights in the Seattle area. ~ ALEX WIRTH (UW) Alex will be working as a policy researcher and program manager for Microsoft’s Defending Democracy research team. The group, which will advocate for strengthening policy around elections in the context of the cybersecurity, will be working on the U.S. 2018 midterm elections, as well as elections around the world.

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