Events at the IOP

  1. Study Group with Gov. Bill Walker: Bridging the Partisan Divide

    Monday March 2 - 4:30pm

    Location: Institute of Politics (L-163)

    Topic: The Rise of Extremism at the Expense of Compromise

    Guest: Rebecca Braun (former Policy Director to Gov. Walker; Senior Project Manager, McDowell Group)

    Description: In this week's study group, Gov. Walker will be joined by his guest and former policy director, Rebecca Braun, to discuss how partisanship prevents problem solving and causes paralysis at both the state and national levels. Such partisanship has produced an "exhausted majority" that doesn't identify with any political extreme and feels alienated and cynical about politics. In their discussion, Gov. Walker and Rebecca Braun will explore innovative strategies to prevent partisan gridlock such as ranked choice voting. A mock ranked choice voting election will be held during the session.

    IOP Resident Fellow Bill Walker is an attorney and businessman who served as the 11th governor of Alaska, from 2014 to 2018. He was only the second governor born in Alaska, and he was the only Independent governor in the nation during his term.

  2. Study Group with Tiffany Cross: Representation in Media

    Monday March 2 - 4:30pm

    Location: Institute of Politics (L-166)

    Topic: Super Tuesday in Color

    Description: We’ll preview where things stand in advance of Super Tuesday and unpack issues that center the rising majority. The media is the arbiter of so much information when it comes to voting. And they love to chase polls. But most network-employed data geeks miss the nuance in communities of color which is often reflected in their interpretation of data. Polling minority communities is its own science. Most people don't understand statistics and what 24 hour press coverage fails to do is to explain how polling works. Very few polls have focused exclusively on POC on a massive scale. How does it work?

    IOP Resident Fellow Tiffany D. Cross has spent two decades navigating media and policy in the nation’s capital, and is the Co-Founder of The Beat DC, a platform intersecting national politics, policy, business, media, and all people of color.

  3. Nuclear Energy: Climate and the Bomb

    Monday March 2 - 6:00pm

    Join Professor Ernest Moniz, former Secretary of Energy, Dan Poneman, Former Deputy Secretary of Energy, and Professor Meghan O’Sullivan, Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School for a discussion on whether it is possible to expand the use of carbon-free nuclear power to combat global warming without unleashing the terrors of nuclear weapons proliferation.

  4. Study Group with Mark Harvey: Defending Democracy

    Tuesday March 3 - 4:30pm

    Location: Institute of Politics (L-166)

    Topic: Securing the System of Systems: The Landscape of U.S. Election Infrastructure

    Guest: Bob Kolasky (Assistant Director, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security)

    Description: As Super Tuesday unfolds, our election systems and processes face their biggest test before November’s election. Our democracy depends on a complex and vast network of people, equipment, systems, and processes that are spread across more than 8,000 election jurisdictions. As the people who administer elections are on the front lines of great power competition in the 21st Century what do they need to do to ensure that voter rolls and votes are accurate? Mark Harvey is joined by Bob Kolasky, Assistant Director of the DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency to discuss the combined effort to #protect2020.

    IOP Resident Fellow Mark P. Harvey is the former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Resilience Policy on the National Security Council Staff, and over the past 15 years, has helped author a wide variety of plans, policies, and doctrine to foster resilience through effective risk management.​

  5. Study Group with Rohini Kosoglu & Tiffany Cross: 2020 Presidential Candidates of Color

    Tuesday March 3 - 4:30pm

    Location: Institute of Politics (L-166) 

    Topic: 2020 Presidential Candidates of Color

    Description: This past year, candidates of color along with communities of color put pressure on the campaign trail for a wider swatch of issues to be covered such as maternal mortality, immigration, criminal justice reform, and the racial wealth gap, among others. We will discuss the implications of the lack of media coverage on these issues and what it means moving forward.

    IOP Resident Fellow Rohini Kosoglu is a senior advisor to U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, having most recently served as Chief of Staff to her presidential campaign, Kamala Harris for the People.

    IOP Resident Fellow Tiffany D. Cross has spent two decades navigating media and policy in the nation’s capital, and is the Co-Founder of The Beat DC, a platform intersecting national politics, policy, business, media, and all people of color.​

  6. Super Tuesday Watch Event

    Tuesday March 3 - 7:00pm

    Join the Institute of Politics to watch the coverage of Super Tuesday and wait for results from primaries in 14 states and 1 U.S. territory, awarding more than a third of all delegates for the Democratic National Convention on this day.

  7. Study Group with Lord Darroch: Diplomacy in the Age of Populism

    Wednesday March 4 - 4:30am

    Date: Wednesday, March 4 from 4:30-5:45 PM

    Location: Institute of Politics (L-166) 

    Topic: The Roots of Brexit

    Description: Drawing on personal experiences, we will talk about the roots of Brexit – the impact of the Financial Crisis, the decade of austerity, Central European migration as well as the 2015 European migration crisis, and the loss of parliamentary sovereignty.

    IOP Resident Fellow Lord Kim Darroch's diplomatic career spans over 40 years, primarily focusing on national security issues and European policy while serving as the British Ambassador to the United States (2016-2019), National Security Adviser to Prime Minister David Cameron (2012-2015), Permanent Representative to the European Union (2007-2011), and EU Adviser to Prime Minister Tony Blair (2004-2007).

  8. Study Group with Tara Setmayer: Principle vs. Party

    Wednesday March 4 - 4:30pm

    Location: Institute of Politics (L-163)

    Topic: No, None of This is Normal

    Guest: Rick Wilson (GOP Media Strategist and Author, “Everything Trump Touches Dies” and “Running Against the Devil”)

    Description: Is lack of character, integrity and common decency in our leadership the new normal? Is sustained outrage self-defeating? What role has scorched earth politics played on both sides of the aisle? What happens if we do not defend our democratic norms, institutions and ideals?

    IOP Resident Fellow Tara Setmayer is a CNN Political Commentator, ABC News Political Contributor and former GOP communications director on Capitol Hill.

  9. How to Stop America From Being Rigged Against Workers

    Wednesday March 4 - 6:00pm

    A discussion on the past, present, and future of America's labor unions and workers with author and journalist Steven Greenhouse, President of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA Sara Nelson, and moderator Katie Johnston of the Boston Globe.

  10. Super Tuesday- What Just Happened?

    Thursday March 5 - 6:00pm

    Join the Institute of Politics for reflections on Super Tuesday results and where the 2020 campaign goes from here with Mike Allen Co-Founder, Axios, Tiffany Cross, IOP Spring 2020 Resident Fellow, Co-Founder and Managing Editor, The Beat DC, Galen Druke, Podcast Producer and Reporter, FiveThirtyEight moderated by Margaret Talev, Politics and White House Editor, Axios, IOP Fall 2018 Resident Fellow.