The Jihadi Threat: ISIS, Al Qaeda and Beyond

On March 13th, 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 8th, 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 […]

USIP-PSA Congressional Briefings

USIP-PSA Celebrate 35th Event of Briefing Series

On November 3rd, The United States Institute of Peace (PSA) and Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) celebrated the 35th event in the Congressional Briefing Series – Topics on International Conflict Resolution and Prevention. This series is an educational program that is designed to provide congressional staff with opportunities to engage leading experts and fellow […]

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 […]

McCain-Feinstein Amendment to NDAA

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 […]

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 […]

Protecting U.S. Security, Upholding American Values

The United States detainee interrogation policy can live up to American values and, at the same time, protect our national security. This policy, supported by overwhelmingly bipartisan legislation in 2005, states: “No individual in the custody or under the physical control of the U.S. Government, regardless of nationality or physical location, shall be subject to […]

Bipartisan Group of National Security Leaders Call for Sustained Policy Reform and Oversight on U.S. Interrogation Activities

Washington, D.C. – Today, Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) released its newest bipartisan statement on U.S. interrogation policy, signed by twenty Republican and Democratic national security experts. The statement asserts that the United States detainee interrogation policy can live up to American values and, at the same time, protect U.S. national security. The statement […]