|George Shultz, Fmr. Sec of State, Addresses Policymakers on Capitol Hill for the First Time in 20 Years|
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.
|A Conversation with Ambassador Thomas Pickering|
PSA and USIP held a discussion with Ambassador Thomas Pickering on Capitol Hill to discuss current events facing American foreign policymakers in an increasingly challenging world. This was the fourth event of the PSA/USIP Congressional Briefing Series - topics on International Conflict Resolution and Prevention.
|Thirty-Eight Leading U.S. National Security Experts Urge Washington to Act on International Climate Change Initiatives|
Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) rolled out its newest open letter on the national security threats of climate change 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 taking steps to tackle this issue.
|Off-the-Record with Amb. Fred Hof and Dr. Steven Heydemann|
PSA and USIP held a small round-table discussion on recent events in Syria and their effect on global security featuring Fred Hof, senior fellow with the Atlantic Council's Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East and former Special Representative on Syria, and Steven Heydemann, Senior Adviser for Middle East Initiatives at USIP, on Feb 1st.
|THE NEXT FOUR YEARS: A Media Perspective on US Foreign Policy Priorities|
On December 7th, 2012 PSA and USIP held an interactive panel discussion about foreign policy issues on the horizon that Washington decision-makers will have to tackle over the next four years - specifically focusing on conflict resolution and prevention. The event featured Jonathan Landay, Senior National Security and Intelligence Correspondent at McClatchy Newspapers, and P.J. Crowley, former Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs. The discussion was moderated by Graeme Bannerman, member of PSA's Board of Directors, USIP Senior Advisor, and scholar at the Middle East Institute.
|PSA/United States Institute of Peace Event with Dr. David Kilcullen and Dr. Andrew Wilder|
PSA and USIP held a special off-the-record discussion on the current situation in Afghanistan and strategic options for the future featuring David Kilcullen, Lt. Col. (retired) Australian Army, former advisor to Gen. Petraeus in Iraq and Afghanistan, and President of Caerus Associates, and Andrew Wilder, Director of USIP Afghanistan and Pakistan Programs on September 27th.
|Spring 2012 Congressional Partnership Program Retreat|
Building on PSA's successful congressional education mission, PSA held a weekend retreat in Warrenton, VA from June 2 - 3 featuring guest experts discussing a wide range national security and foreign policy priorities.
|CPP Event with Senator Chuck Hagel|
On May 23, PSA hosted a CPP reception with Senator Chuck Hagel, former US Senator from Nebraska and current Chair of the Atlantic Council and the President's Intelligence Advisory Board. For information on PSA's Congressional Partnership Program, please visit www.psaonline.org/cpp
|Non-Proliferation Outreach Program: Atlanta|
During the Cold War, discussion of nuclear weapons was everywhere. Nuclear issues were front-and-center in the headlines, underpinned our nation’s defense posture, defined super power politics, and were the reason why all school children knew where the local bomb shelter was located. Despite the perhaps even greater dangers nuclear weapons and material pose today—the nuclear programs of rogue states Iran and North Korea, the threat of nuclear terrorism, increasing numbers of nuclear weapons in volatile or fragile parts of the world like Pakistan, the nuclear disaster in Japan— the nuclear security agenda has inexplicably dropped out of the national debate. Global stockpiles of nuclear weapons, vulnerable nuclear material worldwide, and the byproducts of nuclear energy production will remain among the central challenges to US national security and global stability throughout the 21st century.
|Hill Briefings with Dr. Nader Hashemi|
The Green Movement: Political Opposition inside Iran
The 2009 Presidential Elections in Iran illustrated the deep divisions that exist inside the Islamic Republic. The official election results declaring Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the winner sparked a backlash by voters hoping for reform. These demonstrations were violently curbed following the 2009 election and then again when they flared up this spring. Following the events of the Arab Spring, analysts have begun to wonder if the anti-government protests will make their way to Iran, which faces severe domestic challenges. To help shed light on the internal workings of the Iranian opposition movement and to better understand what the future may hold, Partnership for a Secure America is hosting guest speaker Dr. Nader Hashemi, University of Denver scholar and editor of The People Reloaded: The Green Movement and the Struggle for Iran's Future to discuss where the opposition movement stands in Iran's ongoing political turmoil and the implications this has for U.S. policy.
|CFP Reception Featuring Robert C. McFarlane|
On October 24th, PSA hosted a private Fall 2011 Congressional Fellowship Program dinner with guest speaker Robert C. McFarlane, former National Security Advisor and PSA Advisory Board Member. This highly selective program is for Congressional staff interested in generating dialogue and developing the skills and relationships required to advance bipartisanship on national security and foreign policy issues.