Congressional Partnership Program

ABOUT

WE ARE NOT CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE CONGRESSIONAL PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM

Started in 2009, PSA’s highly selective Congressional staff foreign policy and national security program – the first of its kind – runs two times each year. This opportunity provides professional development and networking to Democratic and Republican staff members on Capitol Hill to advance bipartisanship on national security and foreign policy. Through off-the-record events, policy seminars, and skills training, this unique program aims to equip Congressional foreign policy and security advisers to assess global challenges, build common ground, and achieve U.S. national interests.

Events take place every other week in the evenings after work hours, typically on Mondays.

Past activities have included:

  • Strategic negotiation training led by former congressional negotiators
  • Off-Site weekend retreat that includes team-building, leadership training, and candid round table dialogues with foreign policy experts
  • Bipartisan study trips
  • Simulated National Security Council meeting led by past NSC staff
  • Partnership projects where participants work together and apply the skills learned during the program to real world problems. Click here for a list of past participants and Partnership Projects.
  • Opportunities to engage with top national security experts and past CPP participants in small-group discussions.
  • Private events with leading national security and foreign policy experts including members of Partnership for a Secure America’s esteemed Advisory Board. Past speakers include:
    • Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State
    • General David Petraeus, former CIA Director
    • Chuck Hagel, former Secretary of Defense
    • Paula Dobriansky, former Undersecretary of State
    • General Michael Hayden, former CIA and NSA Director
    • Dick Lugar, former Senator
    • General John Allen, former Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL
    • Frances Townsend, former Homeland Security Advisor
    • Ben Rhodes, former Deputy National Security Advisor
    • Michael Morrell, former Acting CIA Director
    • Tom Pickering, former U.S. Ambassador
    • Anthony Lake, former National Security Advisor

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Current employment with a member of Congress or committee office, AND
  • Relevant portfolio including national security and foreign policy issues

For further information about the program, please contact PSA Congressional Program Manager, Jessica Harrington at cpp@psaonline.org or 202-293-8580

NEWS AND EVENTS

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CPP Summer 2018 Retreat

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CPP Summer 2018: Orientation

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Off-the-Record Dinner Discussion

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Off-the-Record Dinner with General Philip Breedlove

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Off-the-Record Dinner with Joan O'Hara

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Off-the-Record Discussion with Matt Olsen

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CPP Spring 2018 Retreat

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CPP Spring 2018: Strategic Negotiation and Communication Training

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CPP Spring 2018: Orientation

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The Worldview Series: Baltic States

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Cybersecurity

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On Thursday, November 2nd Partnership for a Secure America held an…

CPP Fall 2017 Retreat

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CPP Fall 2017: Orientation

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PSA Launches Series with Baltic States

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  Partnership for a Secure America is excited to announce…
Arctic icebreaker Polar Star

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Off-the-Record Dinner Discussion

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Solutions Series Roundtable: North Korea

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PSA Launches Series with the Embassy of Japan

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Off-the-Record Discussion with Sec. Chuck Hagel

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CPP Spring 2017: Orientation

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Off-the-Record Discussion with Paul Kurtz

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Off-the-Record Discussion with Sec. Madeleine Albright

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General David Petraeus

Off-the-Record Discussion with Gen. David Petraeus

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Saudi Counterterrorism

Off-the-Record Dinner Discussion: Saudi Arabia's Counterterrorism Efforts

On August 22, His Highness Prince Abdullah Al-Saud, Ambassador…

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Dr. Nadia Diuk

Off-the-Record with Dr. Nadia Diuk

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Summer CPP Retreat

CPP Summer 2016: Summer Retreat

On July 30th and 31st, participants in the Summer 2016 class…
Randy Kutz

CPP Summer 2016: Negotiation and Strategic Communication Training

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Summer 2016 CPP Orientation

The Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) welcomes 30 Congressional…
Matt Olsen

Off-the-Record with former NCTC Director Matt Olsen

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Ambassador Taylor

Off-the-Record with Ambassador William Taylor

On May 24th, Ambassador William Taylor joined participants…
Islamic Extremism

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On May 23, Ambassador Alberto Fernandez, Former State Department…
CPP Spring Retreat

CPP Spring 2016: Spring Retreat

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Application Open

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Partnership for a Secure America is now recruiting participants…
Randy Kutz leading CPP negotiations

CPP Spring 2016: Strategic Negotiation & Communication Training

On April 25th and 26th, Participants in the Spring 2016 Congressional…
Welcoming CPP 2016

CPP Spring 2016: Orientation

The Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) welcomes 30 Congressional…
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CPP Alumni Travel to China

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Bob Gallucci- North Korea

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Off-the-Record with Angela Ellard and Elissa Alben

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CPP Fall 2015: Fall Retreat

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Randy Kutz

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CPP Alumni Dinner with Amb. Frank Wisner

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Lawrence Wilkerson

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Spring Retreat

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Senator Richard Lugar Congressional Partnership Program Alumni Lunch

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CPP Spring 2014: Retreat

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