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As a community of independently-minded policy leaders of today and tomorrow, we're building consensus where it may seem impossible and daring to forge actionable solutions.

The next chapter in American history will be a pivotal moment where the importance of finding common ground and fostering the productive dialogue needed to move the country forward especially in the areas of energy and national security cannot be overstated. Rainey Center looks forward to continuing to create opportunities for productive dialogue to take place.
Together we can create a more perfect union.
Joseph Rainey Center for Public Policy is a 501(c)(3) public policy research organization and leadership community founded on the values of equality, freedom, and a more perfect union. Named for Congressman Joseph Rainey - borne enslaved and the first Black American to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives - Rainey Center fosters dialogue on actionable solutions to American's challenges while amplifying the voices of women, minorities, and mavericks in public policymaking.

Rainey Center's research and leadership development programs foster dialogue that generates recommendations to address our nation's most pressing public policy issues. Our work supports today's leaders while preparing the next generation of leaders to work across political divides and towards a brighter future that reflects the diversity of the American people.

We invite individuals across the ideological spectrum to join us in seeking mutual understanding and pursuing actionable solutions to America's greatest policy challenges.
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Our strategy is to ensure that everyone's voice is heard to foster unique perspectives that change the conversation.
We don't accept the status quo. We take risks. We're pulling up our seats at policymaking tables to create long-lasting impact on America's most pressing issues.
Clean energy policies with economic and environmental sustainability in mind
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Advancing democratic values through peaceful pluralism and respect for diversity.
Guidance for managing all aspects of healthcare to improve access, delivery and coverage.
Embracing the disruption of future industries through transformative ideas.
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Policies to help keep our nation safe, prosperous and unified as one people.

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Opinion - Unrest in Peru shows why copper should be a critical mineral
March 16, 2023
Peru has been in political turmoil since December when former president Pedro Castillo was democratically deposed and arrested after he attempted to undemocratically dissolve the Peruvian Congress in an authoritarian power grab. A power grab the likes of which had not been seen in Peru for about 30 years.
Opinion - A new era of relations with China requires a new diplomatic playbook
March 15, 2023
The punditocracy swung in the opposite direction last week on the China debate. Hands are wringing over the bipartisan consensus on a tougher stance on China. They’re asking, isn’t China right to object to an American policy of containment? Shouldn’t we be worried by the bellicose rhetoric coming from senior Chinese officials about the shifts in American policy towards China?
Opinion - COP28 should also be the US-China summit the world needs
March 9, 2023
There’s no mistaking that tensions between the United States and China are at an all-time high and U.S. perception of China is very low. Now is the time to invest in diplomatic discussions and this investment in goodwill by both sides must take place through a credible third party. Holding a summit of senior U.S. and Chinese officials in the United Arab Emirates makes perfect sense for such a meeting.
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The Rainey Center on China
March 2, 2023
The Rainey Center has produced compelling analysis and commentary on a variety of policy issues, including on the shifting geopolitical winds as a result of the rise of China. The following is a compendium of such analysis and commentary from some of the Rainey Center’s many policy experts, offering their perspectives on recent events as they pertain to China.
Protecting Election Security and Integrity in the States
October 20, 2022
Diminished citizen trust in the integrity of the vote calls into question the results of elections and the legitimacy of the government. American elections are governed at the state level. State legislators must therefore be vigilant in protecting the right to vote and strengthening election security. ‍All Americans desire free, fair, and secure elections. While recent election controversies have created a division between the political parties, there are still numerous common-sense election reforms with bipartisan support. The Rainey Center has identified policy proposals with broad appeal that will increase the security and integrity of elections, strengthening our democracy by protecting the will of the voters.‍
U.S. Revenge from the Shadows: An Interview with Bob Grenier on the Assassination of Ayman Al-Zawahiri
August 8, 2022
U.S. Revenge from the Shadows: An Interview with Bob Grenier on the Assassination of Ayman Al-Zawahiri
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