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Nixon Policy Center Board Holds First Meeting

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Business leaders, politicians and diplomats gathered in Washington Wednesday for the inaugural board meeting of the Center for Peace and Freedom, a national policy center founded by the late President Richard M. Nixon.

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) and former Defense Secretary James Schlesinger are among the directors.

George Argyros, chairman and chief executive officer of Arnel & Affiliates in Costa Mesa and former owner of the Seattle Mariners, was elected to serve as the founding chairman of the board.

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Nixon announced the formation of the bipartisan public policy center at a January ceremony at the Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace in Yorba Linda. The $25-million center will have offices in Washington and Yorba Linda.

Officials said the center will be more “activist” than other Washington think tanks, using its array of well-known directors to address questions of national interest.

“We really don’t want to do that run-of-the-mill Beltway stuff,” said Steven Clemons, executive director of the center. “We are designing this to have impact, not be a monument.”

The center will endow chairs and focus on both domestic and foreign policy.

On Wednesday, the board approved a first-year program that includes a conference in December dealing with post-Cold War policy and a bipartisan congressional luncheon group on foreign affairs.

Attorney Edward Cox, the late president’s son-in-law, represented the Nixon family at Wednesday’s meeting.

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