PSA Events


Upcoming Events


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.

The Flaw at the Heart of China's Reform Process: Implications for U.S.-China Relations
JULY 14 - Dr. Jamie Metzl, Co-chair of PSA's Board of Directors, discussed how domestic drivers are influencing China's foreign policy and diplomatic relations with the United States. This private lunch was for members of PSA's Congressional Partnership Program.

Past Events


Spring 2015 CPP Dinner with Dr. Richard Solomon
JUNE 22 - PSA hosted Dr. Richard Solomon, former President of the United States Institute of Peace, for an off-the-record dinner with the Spring 2015 class of the Congressional Partnership Program.

Beyond Ukraine: Addressing Implications for NATO, Europe, and U.S.-Russia Relations
JULY 20 - While much of the policy debate around the conflict in Ukraine has been focused on short-term solutions such as providing lethal military aid, less attention has been paid to the broader security implications across Eastern Europe and the overall role of NATO in the conflict. This event will address why the conflict in Ukraine matters beyond immediate military and humanitarian intervention and will provide recommendations on the future of U.S. policy toward Russia.


Spring 2015 CPP Dinner with Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson
JUNE 8 - PSA hosted U.S. Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff for Secretary of State Colin Powell, for an off-the-record dinner with the Spring 2015 class of the Congressional Partnership Program.

Spring 2015 CPP Dinner with Amb. Said Tayeb Jawad
MAY 27 - PSA hosted former Afghan Ambassador to the U.S. Said Tayeb Jawad for an off-the-record dinner with the Spring 2015 class of the Congressional Partnership Program.

Outlooks on Burma: Democracy, Human Rights, and Regional Significance
JUNE 11 - PSA and USIP hosted an off-the-record discussion for Congressional staff on current developments in Burma, the upcoming November 2015 elections, and the future of U.S.-Burma relations. Speakers included Priscilla Clapp, former Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Burma (1999-2002); Susan Hayward, Interim Director of Religion and Peacebuilding at USIP's Center for Governance, Law and Society; and Walter Lohman, Director of the Asian Studies Center at the Heritage Foundation and former Senior Vice President and Executive Director at the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council.

CPP Alumni Dinner with Amb. Zalmay Khalilzad (ret.)
APRIL 8 - Amb. Zalmay Khalilzad, former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Afghanistan and the United Nations, joined PSA to reflect on his experiences at the highest levels of government and discuss current international challenges facing policymakers. This was a closed event for CPP alumni.

New Dynamics in the U.S.-Afghanistan Relationship
MAR 30 -PSA and USIP hosted an off-the-record roundtable discussion of the current situation in Afghanistan and the status of U.S.-Afghan relations. The discussion was led by Nancy Lindborg, President of USIP, and Ambassador James Dobbins, former State Department Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The Iran Forum Series
JULY 23 - The Iran Nuclear Deal: Pitfalls and Promises

As international negotiators attempt to find diplomatic solutions to disputes over Iran's nuclear program, an unprecedented coalition of eight Washington think tanks are hosting the fifth event in a series of public and Capitol Hill educational briefings on the challenges facing these men and women at the table with Iran. 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 five public meetings.

The Flaw at the Heart of China's Reform Process: Implications for U.S.-China Relations
JULY 14 - Dr. Jamie Metzl, Co-chair of PSA's Board of Directors, discussed how domestic drivers are influencing China's foreign policy and diplomatic relations with the United States. This private lunch was for members of PSA's Congressional Partnership Program.

Bipartisan Senate Majority Votes for Strict Guidelines on U.S. Interrogation Policy
Today, the United States Senate voted - by a bipartisan majority of 78 to 21 - to require all employees and agents of the U.S. government to follow interrogation guidelines and techniques outlined in the U.S. Army Field Manual on Human Intelligence Collector Operations. Last week, PSA released a strong bipartisan statement endorsing the use of the U.S. Army Field Manual for detainee interrogations. (June 16, 2015)

Spring 2015 CPP Retreat
MAY 16-17 - PSA Congressional Partnership 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:David Sanger, Amb. James Jeffrey, and Adam Isacson

Understanding the Dynamics of Conflict in Yemen
MAY 11 -PSA and USIP hosted an off-the-record roundtable discussion on the recent conflict in Yemen, its impact on the surrounding region, and possible implications for U.S. policy in the Middle East. The discussion was led by Dr. Elie Abouaoun (USIP), Amb. (ret.) Barbara Bodine (Georgetown University,) and Dr. Graeme Bannerman (Middle East Institute).

APR 20: Politics of a Nuclear Deal: Former U.S. & Iranian Officials Debate
APR 20 - An Iran Forum Series Event: Iran and the world's six major powers now face a June 30 deadline for converting a blueprint into a final nuclear deal. A unique panel of former U.S. and Iranian officials will assess the status of the talks and the political dynamics that will determine the fate of any agreement in Washington and Tehran. Join us for the discussion on April 20 at the U.S. Institute of Peace.

On the Ground in Egypt & UAE
MAR 9 - PSA's Dr. Graeme Bannerman, PSA Board member and former Senate Foreign Relations Committee Staff Director, shared insight and information from his recent travels to Egypt and UAE.

Nigeria: Elections, Boko Haram & the Future of US Relations
FEB 19 - PSA and USIP hosted an off-the-record congressional staff discussion with Amb. Johnny Carson and Susan Stigant focusing on U.S.-Nigerian relations in the face of recent political, economic, and security developments in Nigeria.

Calamity in Greece & the Eurozone
FEB 18 - PSA's Ambassador Tom Miller, PSA Board member and former U.S. Ambassador to Greece, discussed implications of Greece's recent election and economic challenges in southern Europe. This was a closed event for CPP alumni.

Off-the-Record with Michael Morell, Acting CIA Director (ret.)
FEB 9 - Michael Morell, former Acting Director of the Central Intelligence Agency joined alumni of PSA's Congressional Partnership Program (CPP) for a discussion on America's critical national security and foreign policy challenges ahead.

To learn more about the CPP, visit www.psaonline.org/cpp

Defining U.S. Goals & Policy on Pakistan in 2015
JAN 15 - Pakistan experts Stephen Cohen (Brookings), Shuja Nawaz (Atlantic Council), and Moeed Yusuf (United States Institute of Peace) joined Capitol Hill staff to explore current issues surrounding the U.S.-Pakistan relationship.

Congressional Working Series on Future U.S. Afghanistan Policy
OCT Series - As the last days of campaign season heated up outside the Beltway, PSA and USIP convened influential Capitol Hill foreign policy/national security staffers - Republicans, Democrats, House, Senate - over three weeks to dig deep on the future of U.S. policy in Afghanistan in pursuit of bipartisan solutions.

Crossing Cultures - CPP Alumni Share Insights with Young MENA Leaders
NOV 21 - Alumni of PSA's Congressional Partnership Program joined young leaders from the Middle East and North Africa to exchange ideas on media, politics, and government. Thanks for the great opportunity UN Alliance of Civilizations!