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) hosted Ambassador Bill Taylor (ret.) for our next off-the-record, Congressional staff discussion – Revolution/Counterrevolution: Examining Events in Ukraine and North Africa. Ambassador Taylor served as U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine (2006-2009) and Special Coordinator for Middle East Transitions in the State Department (2011-2013). Recent […]

PSA/USIP Capitol Hill Briefing: A Report from Inside Iran with Robin Wright

Public Briefing JAN 13 – Author and journalist Robin Wright, who has covered Iran for more than 40 years, visited Capitol Hill to offer insights from her recent two-week trip. She discussed Tehran’s new strategic goals, the shifting balance of political power, the economic challenges and future potential, the post-election public mood, prospects for the […]

PSA/USIP Lunch Briefing – The Budget & U.S. Foreign Affairs

NOV 20 – The Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) held a congressional staff only off-the-record, bipartisan lunch discussion on the changing budget and appropriations process over the last four years and how it has impacted the foreign affairs budget. Two formative experts, Jim Dyer and Kate […]

PSA/USIP Host Ambassador Marc Grossman, former US Special Envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan

On October 22, PSA/USIP hosted a small round-table discussion with Ambassador Marc Grossman, former U.S. Special Envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan. This off-the-record event, open to select congressional staff, focused on the upcoming transition in Afghanistan and U.S. interests in the AfPak region. This was the ninth event of the PSA/USIP Congressional Briefing Series – […]

PSA/USIP Host Tara Sonenshine, former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs

On September 17th, the Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) hosted a bipartisan discussion for congressional staff only with Tara Sonenshine, the former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. This discussion will focus on how U.S. policymakers make use of public diplomacy to […]

PSA/USIP Host an Afternoon with USIP Experts

PSA and USIP offered Congressional staff a chance to speak with on-the-ground conflict resolution professionals in countries such as Afghanistan, Libya, Iraq, Burma, Israel/Palestine, the Sudans, and more. USIP experts have extensive on-the-ground experience and academic training to provide a rare quality of expertise which is effective in strategic and cost-saving techniques to bring stability […]

The PSA/USIP Series: Ambassador Johnnie Carson – Why We Can No Longer Ignore Africa

The Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) held an off-the-record, bipartisan group discussion with former Ambassador Johnnie Carson, whose appointments include Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs and Ambassadorships to Kenya (1999-2003), Zimbabwe (1995-1997), and Uganda (1991-1994). Following President Obama’s June 27-July 2 […]

PSA/USIP Host – Former Congressman Jim Kolbe: Reforming US Defense Cooperation with Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia

The PSA/USIP Congressional Briefing Series – topics on International Conflict Resolution and Prevention continued on May 30th with an off-the-record discussion featuring former Congressman Jim Kolbe (R-AZ). Congressional staffers discussed the findings of a recent Atlantic Council report co-authored by Kolbe and General George Casey, Jr., USA (Ret.) – A New Deal: Reforming US Defense […]

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 on March 8th. Ambassador Thomas Pickering is Vice Chairman of Hills & Co., International Consultants, having retired in 2006 as a Boeing senior vice president for International Relations and […]

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, […]