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Slade Gorton International Policy 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.


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

Mariana Parks
Slade Gorton International Policy Center

Creigh H. Agnew
President Emeritus,
Slade Gorton International Policy Center

Gorton Center Global Leaders Program

The Gorton Center recruits promising young professionals to pass on Slade’s values and provide them with policy experience at the Gorton Center and on staff in U.S. Senate offices. We are proud to announce the 2016–17 cohort of Gorton Global Leaders.

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

Please join us for 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

The Gorton Center Global Leaders met December 6 to hear from Flip Morse, Senior Vice President of Corporate Resources of Nintendo of America. Morse offered lessons in leadership from his extraordinary and diverse career, beginning with seven years as a rock musician, to graduating cum laude from Harvard Law School, to sixteen years as a Perkins Coie attorney, before assuming his current position at Nintendo 1n 2000.

The students gave high marks to his presentation, especially his emphasis on authenticity, instilling trust through ethics, and being willing to go outside their comfort zones to experience different aspects of life as keys to becoming successful leaders.

Upcoming GLP speakers include John Kelly, Senior Vice President Global Responsibility and Public Policy for Starbucks, and Christine Gregoire, former Washington State Attorney General and Governor, and now CEO of Challenge Seattle.

The students are now working on their Public-Policy programs that will occur in the Spring of 2017. 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