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Deborah Hazlegrove
President of the Slade Gorton Policy Center


The Slade Gorton Policy Center, founded in 2010, is a policy research center at the National Bureau of Asian Research established in honor of former U.S. Senator Slade Gorton’s 60-plus years of public service to Washington State and the nation. The Center works to inspire the next generation of leaders in the field of international affairs. The Center’s work promotes Senator Gorton’s values of principled leadership, rigorous analysis, intellectual pursuit, integrity, effectiveness, bipartisanship, and public service.

Gorton Leaders Program 2021: Highlights

On June 11, 2021, the Gorton Center celebrated the commencement of the eighth class of Gorton Leaders Program (GLP) fellows.

The graduation of this class of GLP fellows was particularly significant. The GLP class of 2021 was the first held after the passing of Senator Gorton in August 2020, as well as the first to be held in an entirely virtual format because of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, as Senator Gorton liked to say, “when the going gets tough, the tough get going.” With this mindset, NBR and the Gorton Center held steadfast to Senator Gorton’s legacy of training the next generation of policy leaders.

The GLP Class of 2021 consisted of six fellows and focused on policy issues Senator Gorton cared deeply about: (1) democracy and China; (2) national security; and (2) innovation, technology, and intellectual property.

The GLP Class of 2021 rose to this year’s challenges, bringing with them to each class incisive and thoughtful questions and comments, and deeply engaging with every guest speaker. Senator Gorton would be proud of the resilience, adaptiveness, and leadership the six fellows of the GLP Class of 2021 have demonstrated.

Tribute to Senator Gorton

The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) was deeply saddened by the death of Senator Slade Gorton on August 19, 2020. Read a tribute to Senator Gorton.

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