Thomas Kean, former New Jersey Governor and Chairman of the 9/11 Commission, theorizes on the lack of bipartisanship between Republican and Democratic politicians in modern Washington, D.C.
In January 2009, the next president and Congress will have to find consensus on an agenda to confront the many challenges our nation faces overseas. Regardless of the outcome in November, America's foreign policy can only be fully successful with support from both sides of the aisle.
On September 11 -- when the intense partisan battles of the election season were set aside for a day of national remembrance -- the Partnership for a Secure America and The Century Foundation brought together Democrats and Republicans to seek consensus on national security issues.
In Bipartisan Dialogue: Finding Common Ground for a Secure America, high-level advisors to both parties discuss foreign policy and national security solutions that both sides can support - The Century Foundation
Thomas Kean is a former governor of New Jersey (1982-1990) and, since 1990, the president of Drew University. Kean also served for ten years in the New Jersey Assembly, rising to the positions of majority leader, minority leader, and speaker. As governor, he served on the President's Education Policy Advisory Committee and as chair of the Education Commission of the States and the National Governor's Association Task Force on Teaching. While president of Drew, Kean has served on several national committees and commissions. He headed the American delegation to the UN Conference on Youth in Thailand, served as vice chairman of the American delegation to the World Conference on Women in Beijing; and served as a member of the President's Initiative on Race. He also served on the National Endowment for Democracy. He is chair of the Newark Alliance and the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and former chair of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Educate America, and the National Environmental Education and Training Foundation. Kean is on the board of a number of organizations including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National Council of the World Wildlife Fund. He holds a B.A. from Princeton University and an M.A. from Columbia University Teachers College, as well as more than 25 honorary degrees and numerous awards from environmental and educational organizations.