Quote of the Day:
"For more than half a century, we know that we prospered because of a bipartisan concensus on defense and foreign policy. We must do more than return to that sensible, cooperative approach."
- Hillary Clinton, Former Secretary of State
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.
The Iran Forum Series
An unprecedented coalition of eight Washington think tanks hosted 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.
Click here for videos of all three public meetings.
PSA/USIP - Afghanistan's Election, America's Choices - David Sedney & Dr. Andrew WilderJUNE 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/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.
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.
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.
Jamie Metzl is a Senior Fellow at the Asia Society. He served in the National Security Council and State Department during the Clinton administration. His is also chairman of PSA’s Board of Director’s. This original article can be found on CNN‘s international news blog.
Is Xi Serious About Cracking Down on Corruption?
There are many signs that Chinese President Xi Jinping?s unprecedented anti-corruption drive is serious. In recent weeks, an investigation was launched into former security chief and Politburo Standing Committee member Zhou Yongkang, while former top General Xu Caihou was expelled from the Communist Party. Nearly 200,000 party members of all levels have reportedly been disciplined for corruption over the last two years. But if this top down approach is not matched by a bottom-up empowerment of the people being most harmed by China?s corruption pandemic it will have little chance of success.
China?s leadership faces a crisis of confidence among the Chinese people. Endemic corruption has become the rule rather than the exception, highlighted in the social media the government is straining to contain. Downstream effects of corruption ? environmental degradation, food and consumer safety lapses, massive inequality, and thwarted innovation to name a few ? are suppressing ..
This original article can be found at the Hill news?blog. This article was written by Tara Sonenshine, a former member of PSA?s Advisory Board and former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. She is currently distinguished Fellow at the George Washington University.
Cementing Peace in the Middle East
It’s all about cement. The key to ending the current conflict between Israel and Gaza may lie, literally and figuratively, in the cement trucks that carry building materials across borders.
As cease-fire talks resume in Egypt, one of the big obstacles to a durable agreement will be the embargo (imposed by Israel and Egypt) that restricts goods from coming in and out of the Gaza Strip. A 7-year-old embargo is both a reflection of the lack of confidence between citizens of Gaza and Israel and a potential confidence-building measure depending on which side you are on.
Cement is one of those pesky “dual-use items” ? materials for positive work, like building homes, roads and schools, or negative work like building tunnels, bunkers and fortified positions from which to fire rockets. So much depends on intent.
Israel reenters a 72-hour truce in a deeply skeptical mood after failed cease-fires and clear evidence that extremists in Gaza built tunnels deep into Israel ? some 32 ..
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.?
Lee Hamilton: Why government fails, and what we should do about it
As election season approaches, I’ve been pondering a crucial issue about the role of government in our society. It?s that our government often fails ? and that we need to address this. What?s odd is that while the frequent failures in government?s performance are very much on ordinary people?s minds, politicians don?t talk much about fixing them.
True, you might hear a few words about the issue when members are back in their districts this month revving up their re-election campaigns, but for the most part, they?ll be focused on issues like jobs and the economy. This is understandable, because that?s what their constituents expect to hear about.
But it?s also a shame, because we need a healthy dialogue about why government often fails and how to fix it. There?s ample cause for concern. The VA appointments scandal; the botched launch of the Affordable Care Act; duplicative programs to help low-income families; the 28 years of missed inspections ..