|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.
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|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.