President Barack Obama with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

President Barack Obama with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

Global Director Bonnie Reiss, USC President C.L. Max Nikias and former Governor of Florida, Charlie Crist at the inaugural symposium

Global Director Bonnie Reiss, USC President C.L. Max Nikias and former Governor of Florida, Charlie Crist at the inaugural symposium

U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) and former Governor of Florida Charlie Crist discuss the importance of post-partisanship at the inaugural symposium

U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) and former Governor of Florida Charlie Crist discuss the importance of post-partisanship at the inaugural symposium

Governor Schwarzenegger, Jimmy Iovine, Ron Meyer, Brian Grazer and USC President C.L. Max Nikias at the inaugural symposium

Governor Schwarzenegger, Jimmy Iovine, Ron Meyer, Brian Grazer and USC President C.L. Max Nikias at the inaugural symposium

NROTC Midshipman Greg Riddell, Olympic medalist Bryshon Nellum, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Institute Global Director Bonnie Reiss celebrate the launch of the institute

NROTC Midshipman Greg Riddell, Olympic medalist Bryshon Nellum, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Institute Global Director Bonnie Reiss celebrate the launch of the institute

Journalist Cokie Roberts, USC Price School Dean Jack Knott, Gov. Tom Ridge, and Governor Schwarzenegger at the inaugural symposium

Journalist Cokie Roberts, USC Price School Dean Jack Knott, Gov. Tom Ridge, and Governor Schwarzenegger at the inaugural symposium

Advancing Policy, not Politics
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"I'd like to personally welcome you to the USC Schwarzenegger Institute website where our mission is advancing policy not politics as we seek real world solutions to the challenges facing society."

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Recent Announcements

Partnership with Oberlin College on the Future of our Democracy Kicks Off in Ohio

Partnership with Oberlin College on the Future of our Democracy Kicks Off in Ohio

The Schwarzenegger Institute took part in the State of American Democracy Conference at Oberlin College in November. The conference was the first in a series of conversational events that the Schwarzenegger Institute is co-organizing with Oberlin College and the Alliance for a Sustainable Colorado. Each event has been designed to examine the present health of American democracy and its long-term resiliency and durability from a non-partisan perspective. The conversations which started in Ohio and will take place in Colorado, California and Georgia, will each focus on the procedures and practices necessary to uphold a government that is truly of the people, by the people, and for the people. The events are attended by a cross section of leaders from the local area and nationally, including media, academia, business, NGO’s, Government and students.

Schwarzenegger Calls on the Supreme Court to Say “Hasta La Vista” to Gerrymandering

Schwarzenegger Calls on the Supreme Court to Say “Hasta La Vista” to Gerrymandering

Speaking on the steps of the Supreme Court last week Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger continued his campaign to end the partisan drawing of legislative and congressional districts by calling on the nation’s highest court to terminate gerrymandering once and for all. Standing shoulder to shoulder with the lead plaintiffs in the Gill vs. Whitford case, and the legal team arguing the case on their behalf, Schwarzenegger made it clear that the time has come for the Supreme Court to act. “We are here today to ask the Supreme Court to fix something that the politicians will never do,” he said. “As Einstein said, those who created the problem will not be able to solve it.”

2017 Energy Transition Forum

2017 Energy Transition Forum

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger visited the USC campus on October 5th to attend the third meeting of the Energy Transition Forum, the multi-year collaboration between USC's Price School of Public Policy, the Hertie School of Governance and Tsinghua University's School of Public Policy and Management that the USC Schwarzenegger Institute hosted. The former Governor enjoyed meeting with representatives of the three prestigious public policy schools and discussing ongoing research with a number of their leading energy and climate policy professors.

Schwarzenegger Institute Partners with National Caucus of Environmental Legislators to Launch First of Its Kind Digital Environmental Legislative Handbook

Schwarzenegger Institute Partners with National Caucus of Environmental Legislators to Launch First of Its Kind Digital Environmental Legislative Handbook

The USC Schwarzenegger Institute in partnership with the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL) launched the Digital Environmental Legislative Handbook, a first of its kind environmental policy resource, for state legislative leaders. Governor Schwarzenegger and the Schwarzenegger Institute, recognizing the power of environmental laws passed at the state, city and local levels, spent over a year developing this project which will help legislators from across America share best practices and legislation with proven track records of success.

Governor Schwarzenegger and Mayor Garcetti Inspire Audience With Confidence About Continued U.S. Environmental Leadership

Governor Schwarzenegger and Mayor Garcetti Inspire Audience With Confidence About Continued U.S. Environmental Leadership

At an event hosted by Creative Artists Agency (CAA) in partnership with the USC Schwarzenegger Institute, Governor Schwarzenegger and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti teamed up to address a packed theater on the impacts that environmental and climate actions have at the city and state level. In the hour long conversation the two leaders discussed President Trump's withdrawal from the Paris Agreement where they adopted a defiant tone and stressed that President's decision would have little impact on the actions of cities, states in America and other countries around the world.

Institute Joins R20 and World Leaders for 1st Austrian World Summit

Institute Joins R20 and World Leaders for 1st Austrian World Summit

Speaking to 700 international leaders at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna at the Austrian World Summit, Arnold explained that a majority of Americans support the Paris Agreement and that together with mayors, governors and business leaders the United States would remain committed to goals outlined in that agreement.

Institute Hosts Rear Admiral Fritz Roegge, Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, and Leaders From the Media and Entertainment Industries

Institute Hosts Rear Admiral Fritz Roegge, Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, and Leaders From the Media and Entertainment Industries

The Institute is proud to continue to collaborate with the armed forces and to support the brave Americans who choose to serve our country. And when we were presented with the opportunity to host the Commander of the Pacific Submarine Force, the largest in the world, we were honored to do so. The Schwarzenegger Institute convened a round table meeting with Rear Admiral Fritz Roegge and representatives from the media and entertainment industry to discuss the geopolitical situation in the Pacific region and the portrayal of submariners in popular culture

USC Price, Annenberg Conversation Explores "America Divided", Moderated by Bonnie Reiss

USC Price, Annenberg Conversation Explores

Understanding the power of media to communicate important public policy issues, the Price School of Public Policy and the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism partnered with one another to screen the five-episode EPIX docuseries America Divided. Following the screening the two schools hosted a discussion where students and faculty where able to ask the show’s producers Norman Lear, Solly Granatstein, Leah Natasha Thomas and EPIX CEO & Annenberg Board of Trustees Chair Mark Greenberg questions about the project.

2017 National Afterschool Summit: Protecting Afterschool Programs for Over 10 Million Students

2017 National Afterschool Summit: Protecting Afterschool Programs for Over 10 Million Students

Prominent leaders from K-12 and higher education, government, media, military, sports, business and innovation gathered at the 2017 National After-School Summit, hosted by the USC Schwarzenegger Institute at the Price School of Public Policy, to put the spotlight on a simple truth — that after-school programs work. The event was held at USC’s Town and Gown ballroom on April 5, in partnership with Afterschool Alliance and After-School All-Stars Schwarzenegger explained that law enforcement considers the hours from 3 to 6 p.m. a danger zone for kids. That’s when they get involved in activities that could be detrimental to their future, such as drugs, alcohol, gangs and violence. This, he said citing past research, is why every dollar spent on after-school programs saves $3-to-$6 in public services down the road.

Addressing the World’s Leading Cause of Death - Pollution

Addressing the World’s Leading Cause of Death - Pollution

The Schwarzenegger Institute in partnership with Pure Earth hosted a roundtable briefing featuring the latest work of the Global Commission on Pollution and Health , which consists of some of the world’s pre-eminent thought-leaders in environmental science and health, economics and global development. Dr. Philip Landrigan, Dean for Global Health at Mt Sinai, and Richard Fuller, President of Pure Earth, shared highlights of a soon to be released report on pollution’s severe and underreported contribution to the global burden of disease. The report will show that pollution is the leading cause of death in the world, killing 9 million people, more people annually than HIV, malaria and tobacco combined.

Institute Hosts David Daley, Author of Ratf**ked:The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America's Democracy

Institute Hosts David Daley, Author of Ratf**ked:The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America's Democracy

David Daley, best-selling author and the former editor-in-chief of Salon, joined Governor Schwarzenegger, the USC Schwarzenegger Institute, Common Cause and the League of Women Voters on January 31st to talk about his new book Ratf**ked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America's Democracy. The informative discussion took place in the USC’s Doheny Library with a packed house and was viewed by 6,000 others through a live webcast on Governor Schwarzenegger’s Facebook page.

USC Schwarzenegger Institute Examines California’s Historic U.S. Senate Race and the Impact of the Top-Two Primaries

USC Schwarzenegger Institute Examines California’s Historic U.S. Senate Race and the Impact of the Top-Two Primaries

The Institute believes that both research and real world perspective are relevant when studying public policy issues and hosted a forum at USC on December 2nd that examined both the data and politics behind the recent U.S Senate race. The program began with a series of presentations from leading political scientists and concluded with a spirited discussion between Sean Clegg and Bill Carrick, the lead political strategists for the Kamala Harris and Loretta Sanchez campaigns. Their insightful conversation was moderated by David Siders, Senior Reporter at POLITICO.

The Passing of a California Legend - In Memoriam: Kevin Starr (1940 - 2017)

The Passing of a California Legend - In Memoriam: Kevin Starr (1940 - 2017)

On Saturday, January 14, 2017 Kevin Starr died of a heart attack and our state, nation and world lost a great man. For Arnold, me and our Institute we lost a dear friend and mentor. In the many articles and stories that have reported on his death and life we see them all report consistently on his many accomplishments: preeminent historian of the Golden State, prolific author, state librarian, revered public intellectual, and his favorite title, University Professor at the University of Southern California.

10th Anniversary of California’s Landmark Global Warming Solutions Act

10th Anniversary of California’s Landmark Global Warming Solutions Act

USC Schwarzenegger Institute partnered with the California Museum in Sacramento to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the passage of AB32, the Global Warming Solutions Act, the landmark law which requires California to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) to 1990 levels by the year 2020. Governor Schwarzenegger was joined by Governor Jerry Brown, Senate Pro Tem Kevin De Leon, Chair of the Air Resource Board Mary Nichols, and the legislative leaders who authored AB32, Speaker Emeritus Fabian Nunez and Senator Fran Pavley for the event in the California Museum’s courtyard.

Governor Schwarzenegger and National Geographic Host Premiere for Second Season of “Years of Living Dangerously”

Governor Schwarzenegger and National Geographic Host Premiere for Second Season of “Years of Living Dangerously”

Years of Living Dangerously, the Emmy-winning climate change series, returns for a second season This October. To mark the occasion Governor Schwarzenegger and National Geographic hosted a star studded premiere at the Museum of Natural History in New York on September 21st. Schwarzenegger spoke at the event about how shows like “Years of Living Dangerously” frame the issue of climate change in ways that resonates with average people and helps them better understand the day-to-day impacts of climate change.

Institute Focuses on Carbon Emission Markets

Institute Focuses on Carbon Emission Markets

This month the USC Schwarzenegger Institute continued its focus on climate change - with a particular focus on carbon emissions trading. The Institute hosted Dr. Ian Duncan, Member of the European Parliament, and lead author on the Parliament's report exploring reforms to the European Union’s carbon emissions trading scheme. Joining Dr. Duncan were leaders from across California that helped develop and manage the State’s successful cap and trade program.

Schwarzenegger Institute Convenes Symposium on Political Gridlock

Schwarzenegger Institute Convenes Symposium on Political Gridlock

When asked what young people can do to fix their government in the face of crippling gridlock, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger urged the crowd to look no further than the work of USC’s own students. The discussion took place as the USC Schwarzenegger Institute convened a symposium titled Government and Leadership: People Over Politics. The symposium featured two provocative conversations with advocates from across the political spectrum in support of a common goal: to fight political gridlock and make democracy work for the people.