WASHINGTON, March 8, 2011—At a glittering black-tie gala dinner tonight, The Nixon Center announced its transition to become the Center for the National Interest.  The Center also presented its annual Distinguished Service Award to Senator Jon Kyl in recognition of his leadership on economic and security issues and gave a special Legacy and Leadership Award to long-time Board member, author, and civic leader Julie Nixon Eisenhower.  Other speakers included Senator John McCain, former Secretary of Defense James Schlesinger, Center Chairman Maurice Greenberg, Center Board members Charles Boyd and Dov Zakheim, and Center President Dimitri Simes.

Announced by former President Richard Nixon in 1994 and originally established as a programmatically and substantively independent division of California’s Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace Foundation, The Nixon Center has become a fully independent and self-standing institution.  As a part of this transition, the Center will now be known as the Center for the National Interest, reflecting its emphasis on non-partisan analysis of America’s foreign policy challenges based on U.S. national interests.  The Center also publishes the prominent bi-monthly magazine The National Interest.

Center Chairman Maurice R. Greenberg hailed the changes.  “This is a big step forward for the Center.  President Nixon always wanted the Center eventually to be independent and we have now realized that vision.  We appreciate the Richard Nixon Foundation’s cooperation in making it happen and wish the Foundation well in its important mission of promoting President Nixon’s historical legacy.  The Center for the National Interest will continue its forward-looking application of Nixon’s foreign policy principles to today’s international environment.”

President Nixon’s daughter Julie Nixon Eisenhower added, “I know that my father would be proud of what the Center has accomplished over the last seventeen years and excited about this new stage in its existence.  I look forward to continuing to work with other Center Board members to advance his foreign policy legacy.”

Center President Dimitri K. Simes added “With its new independence as well as new resources, the Center for the National Interest will continue to play an important part in America’s foreign policy debates, providing hard-headed but high-minded analysis of U.S. national interests in a rapidly changing world and always being prepared to challenge conventional wisdom and speak truth to power.”

The Center’s new web site, www.cftni.org, is under development and will be completed soon.  For further information, please contact Center Executive Director Paul Saunders at [email protected] or by telephone at 202-887-1000.

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