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Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011

Center Senior Fellow in Government Ethics Judy Nadler returns from the Aspen-Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership Program, where she co-moderated two seminars, "Political Leadership and the Principles of  Western Democracy" and "The Ethics and Responsibilities of Political Leadership."

The program "seeks to enhance our democracy by identifying and bringing together the nation's most promising young political leaders to explore, through study and conversation, the underlying values and principles of western democracy, the relationship between individuals and their community, and the responsibilities of public leadership. The AspenRodel Fellowship program is open by invitation only to men and women who are in publicly elected office and who are ideally between the ages of 25 and 50.

The Fellowship is a 24-month program consisting of three weekend-long seminars, generally held in Aspen, and weeklong foreign trips in Asia and the Middle East.

William D. Budinger, an Aspen Institute trustee and president of the Rodel Foundation, is the program's chief source of inspiration. "The United States is founded on two bedrock ideas -- freedom and democracy. It's important to make sure our political leaders understand the degree to which America's unique character rests on those two principles."

The Aspen Institute Rodel Fellowship program seeks to develop thoughtful, committed leaders who will produce a more bipartisan approach to America's most important domestic transcend the usual partisan  political divide.