PSA Advisory Board

Madeleine AlbrightSecretary of State 1997-2001Howard BakerSenator (R-TN) 1967-85Samuel BergerNational Security Advisor 1997-2001William CohenSecretary of Defense 1997-2001Paula DobrianskyUndersecretary of State 2001-09Slade GortonSenator (R-WA) 1981-87, 1989-2001Lee HamiltonCongressman (D-IN) 1965-99 Gary HartSenator (D-CO) 1975-87Rita HauserChair, International Peace Institute 1992-presentCarla HillsUS Trade Representative 1989-93 Nancy Kassebaum BakerSenator (R-KS) 1978-97Thomas KeanGovernor, New Jersey 1982-90, 9/11 Commission ChairJohn LehmanSecretary of the Navy 1981-87Robert McFarlaneNational Security Advisor 1983-85Donald McHenryAmbassador to UN 1979-81 Sam NunnSenator (D-GA) 1972-96William PerrySecretary of Defense 1994-97Thomas PickeringUndersecretary of State 1997-2000George ShultzSecretary of State 1982 - 1989Frances TownsendHomeland Security Advisor 2004-08John WhiteheadDeputy Secretary of State 1985-88Frank WisnerUndersecretary of State 1992-93

In The Spotlight


NOW OPEN: PSA's Congressional Partnership Program Summer 2014 Schedule Partnership for a Secure America is now recruiting for the Summer 2014 Congressional Partnership Program (CPP) schedule. For more information, please visit the CPP page.

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PSA Honors the Legacy of Senator Howard Baker (1925-2014) PSA honors the legacy of the late Sen. Howard Baker (R-TN), who passed on June 26th. PSA Advisory Board member, former Chief of Staff to President Reagan, Senate Majority Leader, bipartisan consensus builder, and Tennessean, Sen. Baker was an exemplary American policymaker, a role model for strong, principled leaders committed to serving our great nation. Article: Howard Baker's Legacy: Political, But Not Partisan
Iran Sanctions: What the U.S. Cedes in a Nuclear Deal JULY 8 - Video Below: Speakers at third Iran Forum briefing: Suzanne Maloney Brookings Institution, Kenneth Katzman Congressional Research Service, Elizabeth Rosenberg Center for New American Security, Robin Wright U.S. Institute of Peace and Woodrow Wilson International Center.

Quote of the Day: "No foreign policy - no matter how ingenious - has any chance of success if it is born in the minds of a few and carried in the hearts of none."

- Henry Kissinger, Former Secretary of State
Upcoming Events

The Iran Forum Series JULY 8: Public Event - Iran Sanctions: What the U.S. Cedes in a Nuclear Deal

An unprecedented coalition of eight Washington think tanks is hosting three discussions on the pivotal diplomacy to coincide with the last three rounds of talks. The coalition includes the U.S. Institute of Peace, RAND, the Woodrow Wilson Center, the Arms Control Association, the Center for a New American Security, the Stimson Center, the Partnership for a Secure America, the Ploughshares Fund, and staff from the Brookings Institution and the Center for Non-Proliferation Studies.

Save the Dates: May 13 / June 10 / July 8

China-Iran Relations and the Implications for U.S. Foreign Policy JULY 10: CRS Analysts Shirley Kan (Asia-Pacific expert) and Kenneth Katzman (Middle East expert) will speak at a Capitol Hill panel hosted by two CPP participants. This panel will explore the China-Iran relationship, where their interests converge and diverge, and the implications of this relationship for U.S. foreign policy.

Senator Richard Lugar Congressional Partnership Program Alumni Lunch JULY 21: Senator Richard Lugar (1977-2013) will join PSA's Congressional Partnership Program for an off-the-record lunch with CPP alumni.

PSA/USIP Congressional Briefing Series - topics on International Conflict Resolution and Prevention The PSA/USIP Congressional Briefing Series - topics on International Conflict Resolution and Prevention is an educational program designed to provide congressional staff opportunities to engage with leading experts and fellow Capitol Hill staffers in bipartisan forums.
Recent Events
PSA/USIP - Afghanistan's Election, America's Choices - David Sedney & Dr. Andrew Wilder JUNE 5 - PSA/USIP will host an off-the-record dinner with David Sedney (former DASD for Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Central Asia) and Dr. Andrew Wilder to explore issues surrounding the upcoming Afghan presidential runoff election, the future of U.S. engagement in the country, and the role of Congress during and after Afghanistan's presidential transition.

PSA/USIP: The Inside Scoop - Developments in Syria, Impacts on Iraq, U.S. Levant Policy MAY 15 - PSA and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) hosted Amb. Maura Connelly, Bassel Korkor, and Manal Omar for an off-the-record roundtable focused on the Syrian conflict and its impact on Iraq and the greater Middle East.

PSA/ASAP Panel Discussion: Afghan Elections and the Future of US-Afghan Relations BROADCAST ON C-SPAN 3

APR 7- Join PSA and ASAP for a panel discussion on the upcoming Afghan elections and their potential implications on future relations featuring Lisa Curtis Senior Research Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, Omar Samad former Afghan Ambassador to Canada and France and Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation, Jed Ober Director of Programs at Democracy International, and moderated by Caroline Wadhams Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress.

PSA/USIP Off-the-Record Briefing - Revolution/Counterrevolution: Examining Events in Ukraine and North Africa MAR 28 - PSA and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) will host Ambassador Bill Taylor (ret.) for our next off-the-record, Congressional staff discussion - Revolution/Counterrevolution: Examining Events in Ukraine and North Africa.
Congressional Partnership Program

Jerry Bremer, Doug Ollivant, Paul Pillar Off-the-Record Congressional Partnership Program Dinner JUNE 23 - Jerry Bremer, Doug Ollivant, Paul Pillar joined PSA's Congressional Partnership program for an off-the-record discussion with spring 2014 participants on the crisis in Iraq.

Amb. Robert Ford Off-the-Record Congressional Partnership Program Dinner JUNE 9 - Ambassador Robert Ford, U.S. Ambassador to Syria (2010-2014), joined PSA's Congressional Partnership Program for an off-the-record discussion with spring 2014 participants.

GEN James Cartwright Off-the-Record Congressional Partnership Program Dinner MAY 19 - GEN James Cartwright, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (2007-2011), joined PSA's Congressional Partnership Program for an off-the-record discussion with spring 2014 participants.

Spring 2014 Congressional Partnership Program Retreat MAY 10 & 11 - PSA Congressional Program participants joined an all-star group of foreign policy and national security experts for a weekend of thought provoking discussions and bipartisan team-building. Speakers included: Hon. Grant Aldonas, Dr. Henry Gaffney, Amb. Tom Graham, Paul Grove, Dr. Christina Lin, Amb. Steven Pifer, Michael Schiffer.

R. Nicholas Burns, Fmr. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Congressional Partnership Program Off-the-Record Dinner FEB 6 - Former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs R. Nicholas Burns (2005-2008) joined PSA for an off-the-record dinner with alumni of the Congressional Partnership Program. Burns, who was the U.S. lead negotiator on Iran, discussed recent developments with international negotiations on Iran's nuclear program and prospects for a long-term deal.

Carol Giacomo, The New York Times, Congressional Partnership Program Off-the-Record Dinner JAN 30 - Carol Giacomo, foreign affairs and defense policy editor at The New York Times Editorial Board, joined PSA's Fall 2013 Congressional Partnership Program participants for a final off-the-record dinner. In her position on the prestigious Editorial Board of The New York Times, Giacomo is responsible for defining issues of critical global interest and leading national dialogues on foreign policy and national security matters.
STEPs Scholars

Climbing the Capitol: STEPs in Foreign Affairs and National Security Partnership for a Secure America presents - Climbing the Capitol: STEPs in Foreign Affairs and National Security. Inspired by our noteworthy Congressional Partnership Program, Climbing the Capitol's goal is to reach out to another important group of next generation leaders - college kids. Our STEP Scholars (Scholarship Towards Effective Policies) graduate from the certificate program equipped with consensus-building skills and professional networks, the foundation for impactful future careers.
Climate Change, Energy, and National Security
A Changing Security Landscape: U.S. Military Response to the Next Security Challenge DEC 4 - On Wednesday, December 4th, PSA hosted a frank military panel lunch discussion with retired flag and general officers to explore the issue of climate change and national security, provide insight on DoD's strategic planning process, and discuss how America's security community can stay ahead of the curve to avoid surprises. View short video clip of four-star GEN Gordon Sullivan (Ret.), former U.S. Army Chief of Staff, comments below.


Secretary George Shultz Spoke on Capitol Hill for the First Time in 20 Years! Hosted by PSA On March 8th, Reagan former Secretary of State George Shultz (1982-89), a member of PSA's Advisory Board, spoke to a standing-room-only crowd on Capitol Hill - his first public address on Capitol Hill in 20 years. The topic of the discussion was national security, energy, and climate change. Joining PSA Executive Director, Andrew Semmel, Secretary Shultz discussed arguments for the importance of the topic and ideas to address the issue urging serious bipartisan dialogue. Read the transcript here.

Interview with VADM Dennis McGinn, Vice Chairman of CNA's Military Advisory Board, on Climate Change & National Security VADM Dennis McGinn, Vice Chair of CNA's Military Advisory Board, speaks on Sirius XM's POTUS station about the national security implications of climate change. Admiral McGinn's discussion follows on the launch of a PSA-organized open letter signed by 38 national security experts - Republicans, Democrats, and Independents - urging Washington to act on climate change to protect American national security priorities.
PSA Climate Change/National Security Roll Out Video - Capitol Hill

Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) rolled out its newest open letter on the national security threats of climate change, signed by 38 Republican, Democratic, and Independent security leaders, at a bipartisan panel event on Capitol Hill. R. James Woolsey, former Director of Central Intelligence, and Wayne Gilchrest, former Congressman (R-MD) and founder of the Congressional Climate Change Caucus, discussed the national security implications of climate change impacts abroad and offered expert insights on making progress to tackle the issue.

LETTER RELEASE: 38 Leading U.S. National Security Experts Urge Washington to Act on International Climate Change Initiatives WASHINGTON - On Feb 25th, Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) launched their newest open letter, signed by 38 Republicans, Democrats, and Independents, on the national security threats of climate change at a bipartisan panel event on Capitol Hill.

The Latest from the PSA Blog

Lee Hamilton: Are we doomed to polarization?

Lee Hamilton: Are we doomed to polarization?

Lee Hamilton is director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years. He is also Co-Chair of ?PSA’s Board of Advisors. This article originally appeared in the Rock River Times.

We Americans are trapped in a political dilemma. We all like representative democracy, but we don?t much like the way it?s performing.

The reason for this dissatisfaction is clear. Polls in recent years detail a polarized nation, divided both ideologically and politically. This is, as the Pew Research Center put it recently, ?a defining feature of politics today.? In the public?s eye, Washington gets most of the blame for this.

Yet, Congress and the political world around it reflect the rest of the country more than we?d like to believe. Our nation is divided ideologically. It?s also segregated politically, with many Americans preferring to associate with and live near people who share their views; gerrymandered districts and closed primaries intensify the effect. Our media are more partisan than they used to be. Interest groups ? many of them funded by ordinary Americans who want their voices magnified ? are more engaged .. Read Article



Lee Hamilton: What our country needs from the press

Lee Hamilton is director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years.?Lee Hamilton is also the Co-Chair of PSA?s Board of Advisors. This article originally appeared in the Record Times.

Lee Hamilton: What our country needs from the press

These days, the scandal involving long wait times at VA hospitals can feel like some made-in-Washington spectacle generated by politicians looking for headlines. But it isn?t. It had its genesis in a late-April report on CNN that as many as 40 veterans may have died waiting for appointments at VA hospitals in Phoenix.

This investigative piece was notable for two reasons. It?s been a while since a news story so quickly provoked such a storm of public indignation that a cabinet secretary ? deservedly or not ? had no choice but to resign. And it?s a reminder of just how important old-fashioned shoe-leather reporting remains to our system of government, especially when it uncovers official misdoing.

One of the basic truths about our representative democracy is that it does not work without solid information. Public officials, both elected and appointed, need to know what?s happening in the communities they serve, and the people who live in those communities need to know what the government they elect and fund is doing in their name.

A lot of forces .. Read Article



Albright: D-Day about national service

Madeleine Albright served as secretary of State in the Clinton administration. She is chair of the Albright Stonebridge Group and a member of the Leadership Council of the Franklin Project. This post is originally from sheboyganpress.com Madeleine Albright is also a member of PSA’s Advisory Board.

Albright: D-Day about national service

Like many Americans of a certain age, I have always felt a direct connection to the events of?D-Day, 70 years ago Friday. I was 7 years old, living in London, when the liberation of Europe – and eventually the liberation of my parents’ home – began in the early morning of June 6, 1944. My family had fled from Czechoslovakia following the?Munich Agreement, which legitimized Adolf Hitler’s dismemberment of a neighboring nation and became a symbol of the West’s impotence and division.

D-Day was the opposite historical pole to Munich. It was not only the decisive battle in a great war, it also was the demonstration that a great alliance,?led by America, could achieve unprecedented strategic, technical and moral purposes. The first wave of Operation Overlord carried Read Article



The Latest From PSA

Public Policy Institute of California Honors Former US Secretary of State George ShultzPPIC yesterday dedicated the George P. Shultz Forum at its Bechtel Conference Center, in honor of the U.S. statesman, economist, and businessman.

Samuel Berger former US national security advisor: Don't let Hamas participate in Palestinian electionsSamuel Berger says at Herzliya Conference as long as Hamas remains an armed terrorist organization it should not be allowed to run.

Albright in Prague- Havel should have founded political party Prague - Czech-born Madeleine Albright, former U.S. secretary of state, reproaches former Czech president Vaclav Havel (1936-2011) for one thing only - that he did not establish his own political party, she said at a conference of the Prague branch of the U.S. Aspen Institute today.

VIDEO: Jamie Metzl Discusses 25th Anniversary of Tiananemen SquareRecently, former Executive President of the Asia Society, Jamie Metzl member of PSA's Board of Director's,discusses the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown with Bloomberg's Jonathan Ferro with Pimm Fox on Bloomberg's television.

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is honored at Princeton University's commencementRecently, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, member of PSA's Board of Advisors, was among those who received an honorary degree at Princeton University's commencement.