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Aspen Institute Congressional Program

Washington, D.C.

Aspen Institute Congressional Program was awarded $9,600,000 between 1993 and 2014, including 7 grants in International Peace & Security and Strengthening American Democracy.


2014 • 3 years • Strengthening American Democracy

This grant will provide continued support to the Aspen Institute Congressional Program, which invites serving members of Congress across the political spectrum to participate in open, off-the-record discussions with academic and policy experts from leading think tanks and universities. The conversational settings provided by the Institute support frank and open discussion; as such they serve important goals related to strengthening democratic practices in the U.S. Funds will be used for staffing and project costs.


2011 • 3 years • Strengthening American Democracy

Each year, the Aspen Institute Congressional Program brings together Senators and Members of the House of Representatives from both parties to discuss complex topics and explore policy alternatives in relaxed, off-the-record conversations. The Program holds four conferences and study tours each year, along with a series of bi-monthly breakfasts held in the Capitol Building. The conferences and study tours provide an environment where participants can learn together from experts and talk candidly about important issues. Over the next three years, the focus topics will be energy, U.S.-China relations, the Islamic World, international development, and educational reform.


2005 • 3 years, 3 months

In support of the Congressional Program (over three years).


2002 • 3 years

In support of general operations (over three years).


1999 • 2 years, 11 months

For seminars to educate members of Congress on foreign policy issues (over three years).


1997 • 2 years, 11 months

In support of general operations


1993 • 1 year • International Peace & Security

To support the congressional education program in promoting leadership on foreign policy (over three years).

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