America’s Longest War: The Future of Afghanistan

On August 29th, United States Institute of Peace Director for Afghanistan and Central Asia Programs, Scott Worden, and Director of the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy at the Heritage Foundation, Luke Coffey, discussed the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan and the future of America’s Afghanistan policy. The discussion was moderated by Kenneth Katzman , a Specialist for […]

How To Avoid Liberating Mosul a Third Time

On June 19, United States Institute of Peace Director for Middle East and Africa Programs, Dr. Elie Abouaoun and former United States Ambassador to Iraq, Ambassador James Jeffrey discussed the future of Mosul, and Iraq, after its hopeful liberation. The discussion was  moderated by Christopher Blanchard, a Specialist for Middle East Affairs with the Congressional Research Service. […]

Building Peace in Afghanistan: Next Steps for U.S. Policy

On May 18th, United States Institute of Peace Vice President of Asia Programs Dr. Andrew Wilder and  former Senior Adviser on Afghanistan and Pakistan to DoD Leadership Chris Kolenda discussed the next steps toward a political settlement to the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan. The discussion focused on the influence of the current U.S. policy review on the path […]

Off-The-Record Dinner Discussion on American Foreign Policy and National Security Priorities

On March 20, Partnership for a Secure America and American Academy of Diplomacy hosted a bipartisan, private dinner to discuss American perspectives on foreign policy and national security priorities today. Ambassadors Robert Beecroft, U.S. Ambassador to Egypt (2014-2017),  Iraq (2012-2014), Jordan (2008-2011); Ronald Neumann, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan (2005-2007), Bahrain (2001-2004), Algeria (1994-1997); and Tom Pickering, Under […]

The Jihadi Threat: ISIS, Al Qaeda and Beyond

On March 13, Partnership for a Secure America, the United States Institute of Peace, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars hosted an experts briefing on future trends in extremism and policy responses. Panelists included Hassan Hassan, Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy; Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies; and Frederic Wehrey, Carnegie Endowment for International […]

USIP: A National Security Resource For Congress

On February 8, Ambassador Bill Taylor, Executive Vice President of the U.S. Institute of Peace and former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine discussed the foreign policy and national security challenges facing the United States in 2017. He highlighted the key foreign policy take-aways from USIP’s Passing the Baton Conference that reviewed the global challenges confronting the U.S […]

Saudi Counterterrorism

Off the Record Dinner Discussion: Saudi Arabia’s Counterterrorism Efforts

On August 22, His Highness Prince Abdullah Al-Saud, Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to the United States and Mr. Nawaf Althari, Counter-Terrorism Adviser for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Permanent Mission to the United Nations joined participants in the Congressional Partnership Program for an off-the-record discussion on Saudi Arabia’s counterterrorism efforts. Also in attendance was Prince […]

Matt Olsen

Off the Record with former NCC Director Matt Olsen

On June 6th, Matt Olsen, former Director of the National Counter Terrorism Center, joined participants in the Congressional Partnership Program for an off-the-record dinner discussion on counter-terrorism strategies.   Matt Olsen Matt Olsen has served as a leading government official on a range of national security, intelligence, and law enforcement issues. Mr. Olsen served for three years […]

Islamic Extremism

The War Within: Understanding the Fight Against Islamic Extremism

On May 23, Ambassador Alberto Fernandez, Former State Department Coordinator for the Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications, and Imam Suhiab Webb, founder of CenterDC, joined alumni and current participants in the Congressional Partnership Program (CPP) and discussed methods currently being used to counter Islamic extremism. This off-the-record round table discussion focused on how the government and local organizations […]

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. The legislation – offered as an amendment to the National Defense […]