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

September 8th Climate Symposium - Global Climate Negotiations: Lessons From California

September 8th Climate Symposium - Global Climate Negotiations: Lessons From California

In our unwavering battle against global climate change, we are fortunate to claim some of today’s most innovative and pioneering leaders as fighting on our team. Among them are Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor Jerry Brown, California Senator Kevin De Leon, Mary Nichols, Dr. R.K. Pachauri, Lisa Jackson and Ed Begley Jr. It was very fitting that these pioneers came together on September 8,2014.

Watch WEBCAST of September 8th Climate Symposium - Global Climate Negotiations: Lessons From CA

Watch WEBCAST of September 8th Climate Symposium - Global Climate Negotiations: Lessons From CA

As leaders from across the globe prepare to gather at the United Nations Climate Change Conferences, COP20 and COP21, On September 8th, 2014 the leaders of California gathered at an important symposium to review the various policies that have placed California at the forefront of addressing climate change, and explored what lessons have been learned to share at the UN Conferences and other subnational convenings.

Research Articles - September 8th Climate Symposium

Research Articles - September 8th Climate Symposium

California has and will continue to prioritize the issue of climate change for many reasons: 1) The scientific research is conclusive 2) To protect the health of our citizens and our communities. 3) To remain competitive in the global economy 4) The economic cost of climate change demands action now. The following is a partial list of relevant research, reports and studies.

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.