Center for National Policy

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The Center for National Policy

The Center for National Policy (CNP) is an American non-profit, non-partisan public policy think-tank headquartered in Washington, D.C.

According to its mission statement, the Center for National Policy is “dedicated to advancing the economic and national security of the United States” CNP’s stated goal is to “connect senior policy makers with the most innovative research and thought leadership on issues that impact America’s security.” CNP currently has projects focused on the American workforce, democracy and development, innovation, resilience, and defense. CNP frequently holds events, roundtables, and policy meetings that feature experts in national and economic security issues.

Scott Bates became the seventh President of the Center for National Policy on January 1, 2012. Mr. Bates has served in leadership roles at the state, national and international levels in policy development and government for over twenty years.


The Center for National Policy was founded in 1981. Peter Kovler, Director of the Marjorie Kovler Fund, serves as Chairman of the Center, succeeding Leon Panetta, CNP’s National Advisory Board Chair and former White House Chief of Staff.

Previous Presidents and Chairmen of CNP include U.S. ambassador to India and former six-term member of Congress, Tim Roemer, three former U.S. Secretaries of State, Madeleine Albright, Edmund Muskie, and Cyrus Vance. Other CNP Board members have included former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Thomas Foley, former Republican Members of Congress Jack Buechner and Rod Chandler, and former Democratic Members of Congress John Brademas and Michael Barnes.

Edmund S. Muskie Distinguished Public Service Award[edit]

The Edmund S. Muskie Distinguished Public Service Award honors the late Edmund Muskie (1914-1996) who served our nation in the Navy, as governor of Maine, as U.S. senator and as U.S. secretary of state. Following his retirement from government service, Ed Muskie chaired the CNP board. Since 1996, the Muskie Award has been presented at an annual event honoring the recipients’ demonstrated commitment to public service and significant contributions to the country.

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In January 2012, Scottt Bates became the seventh President of the Center for National Policy. Bates has extensive experience on Capitol Hill, including serving as Chief of Staff for Congressman Nick Lampson, Counsel to Congressman Jim Turner, and Senior Advisor to Congressman Maurice Hinchey. As Secretary of State and Legislative Director for Governor Douglas Wilder of Virginia, Scott focused on ethics reforms in state government and development and passage of the governor’s legislative agenda. Bates led an unprecedented expansion in appointments of women and minorities to state boards and commissions.

After September 11, Scott became the first Senior Policy Advisor to the U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee and was the principal author of "Winning the War on Terror" which helped inform the 9/11 Commission in its deliberations and development of its report. He helped lead the team that produced a dozen reports on homeland security issues ranging from border security to bioterrorism.

Scott Bates has been on the ground in every war zone where American troops have fought in this generation. He has worked with elected leaders and activists alike to build democracy and good governance in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Bosnia, Haiti and the Persian Gulf. Bates has advised the Premier of South Australia and taught at the University of Pristina in Kosovo. He has been a featured speaker on defense issues and international affairs at numerous national and international conferences.

Bates taught Homeland Security at the National Defense University in Washington DC. He was a Visiting Professor of International Law and International Human Rights Law at the Indiana University School of Law, and Visiting Professor of Government at Connecticut College. He has provided commentary for media outlets on five continents including The New York Times, Washington Post, The Gulf Times, The Australian, The Taipei Times, the BBC, Al Jazeera and Russia Today.

Scott Bates holds a JD from the University Of Virginia School Of Law, a MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and graduated magna cum laude in History and Political Science from the University of Dayton.

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