New Dynamics in the U.S.-Afghanistan Relationship

March 30: Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) hosted an off-the-record roundtable lunch discussion of the current situation in Afghanistan and the status of U.S.-Afghan relations following President Ashraf Ghani’s address before a joint session of Congress. The discussion focused on the implications of Afghanistan’s leadership transition […]

Nigeria: Elections, Boko Haram & the Future of US Relations

February 19th: PSA and USIP hosted an off-the-record congressional staff discussion with Amb. Johnny Carson, former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs (2009-2013), and Susan Stigant, Director of Africa Programs at USIP. Speakers discussed U.S.-Nigerian relations in the face of recent political, economic, and security developments in Nigeria. Due to security concerns, the February […]

Defining U.S. Goals & Policy on Pakistan in 2015

JAN 15 – Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) hosted an off-the-record round table discussion to explore current issues surrounding the U.S.-Pakistan relationship. This uneasy alliance has caused consternation among Capitol Hill and executive branch policymakers over the years as actions by the Pakistani government often conflict […]

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. This bipartisan group collaborated across party lines to explore […]

PSA/USIP – Afghanistan’s Election, America’s Choices – David Sedney & Dr. Andrew Wilder

Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) hosted an off-the-record dinner roundtable on June 5th 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. Featuring: David Sedney – […]

PSA/USIP: The Inside Scoop – Developments in Syria, Impacts on Iraq, U.S. Levant Policy

MAY 15 – Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) hosted a small off-the-record lunch roundtable on May 15th featuring a discussion of the Syrian conflict and its impact on Iraq and the greater Middle East. Speakers: Amb. Maura Connelly– [Senior State Dept. Fellow, U.S. Ambassador to the […]

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 – […]