Quote of the Week:
"This is not to say that leadership, as an entire concept, has gone missing. We have it in the form of iron wills, party loyalty, vision setting, unflinching principles--all of which can be leadership traits. But legislative leadership is the hallmark skill needed to make it in Washington. Without it, and a willingness from both parties to engage in negotiation, don't expect results to differ from those of the past two years."
- Trent Lott, former U.S. Senator (R-MS)
Advisory Board Interview Series - This Month ft. George Shultz, Secretary of State 1982-89AUG 2015 - George Shultz, former Secretary of State, sits down with PSA for this month's edition of The Five Minute Forum. Prior to serving as Secretary of State under President Reagan, Secretary Shultz served as Secretary of the Treasury (1972-1974), Director of the Office of Management and Budget (1970-1972), and Secretary of Labor (1969-1970). Secretary Shultz is currently the Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.
STATEMENT RELEASE: Bipartisan Leaders Call for Upholding Policy Reform & Oversight on U.S. Interrogation ActivitiesWashington, DC - 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 aims to garner support in Congress to actively, effectively oversee America's intelligence community to ensure adherence to standards set in the U.S. Army Field Manual on Human Intelligence Collector Operations. (June 11, 2015)
Advisory Board Interview Series - This Month ft. Lee Hamilton, U.S. Congressman (D-IN), 1965-1999JULY 2015 - Lee Hamilton, former U.S. Representative (D-IN), sits down with PSA for this month's edition of The Five Minute Forum. Congressman Hamilton is a PSA Co-founder and Director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University. He previously served as Vice Chair of the 9/11 Commission and Chairman of both the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
Click Here for the full interview on these and other topics.
Advisory Board Interview Series - Ft. Robert C. "Bud" McFarlane, National Security Advisor (1983-1985)JUNE 2015 - PSA is excited to launch our newest initiative: The Five Minute Forum - a periodic interview series with members of PSA's bipartisan Advisory Board. This month, we sat down with The Honorable Robert C. "Bud" McFarlane, National Security Advisor (1983-1985), to discuss a wide array of issues including: the Gulf Cooperation Council, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and U.S. global leadership.
Click Here for full 40-minute interview on more topics.
As international negotiators attempt to find diplomatic solutions to disputes over Iran's nuclear program, an unprecedented coalition of eight Washington think tanks are hosting the fifth event in a series of public and Capitol Hill educational briefings on the challenges facing these men and women at the table with Iran. The coalition includes the U.S. Institute of Peace, RAND, the Woodrow Wilson Center, the Arms Control Association, the Center for a New American Security, the Stimson Center, the Partnership for a Secure America, the Ploughshares Fund, and staff from the Brookings Institution and the Center for Non-Proliferation Studies.
Click here for videos of all five public meetings.
Beyond Ukraine: Addressing Implications for NATO, Europe, and U.S.-Russia Relations JULY 20 - While much of the policy debate around the conflict in Ukraine has been focused on short-term solutions such as providing lethal military aid, less attention has been paid to the broader security implications across Eastern Europe and the overall role of NATO in the conflict. This event will address why the conflict in Ukraine matters beyond immediate military and humanitarian intervention and will provide recommendations on the future of U.S. policy toward Russia.
Outlooks on Burma: Democracy, Human Rights, and Regional Significance JUNE 11 - PSA and USIP hosted an off-the-record discussion for Congressional staff on current developments in Burma, the upcoming November 2015 elections, and the future of U.S.-Burma relations. Speakers included Priscilla Clapp, former Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Burma (1999-2002); Susan Hayward, Interim Director of Religion and Peacebuilding at USIP's Center for Governance, Law and Society; and Walter Lohman, Director of the Asian Studies Center at the Heritage Foundation and former Senior Vice President and Executive Director at the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council.
New Dynamics in the U.S.-Afghanistan RelationshipMAR 30 -PSA and USIP hosted an off-the-record roundtable discussion of the current situation in Afghanistan and the status of U.S.-Afghan relations. The discussion was led by Nancy Lindborg, President of USIP, and Ambassador James Dobbins, former State Department Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Spring 2015 CPP Dinner with Dr. Richard SolomonJUNE 22 - PSA hosted Dr. Richard Solomon, former President of the United States Institute of Peace, for an off-the-record dinner with the Spring 2015 class of the Congressional Partnership Program.
CPP Alumni Dinner with Amb. Zalmay Khalilzad (ret.)APRIL 8 - Amb. Zalmay Khalilzad, former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Afghanistan and the United Nations, joined PSA to reflect on his experiences at the highest levels of government and discuss current international challenges facing policymakers. This was a closed event for CPP alumni.
PSA/Harvard Congressional Staff Negotiation Training
The Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) and Harvard Law School?s Program on Negotiation (PON) have teamed up to create a first-of-its-kind intensive five-week negotiation program for foreign policy and national security staff on Capitol Hill. This initiative, titled The Capitol Leaders Negotiation Program, is designed to equip congressional staff with a foundation of knowledge on negotiation and consensus-building strategies that will help participants develop cross-party solutions to seemingly intractable issues.
*Kyleanne Hunter is a PhD Candidate at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. ?Prior to entering academia, she served as a United States Marine Corps Officer for over a decade, flying the AH-1W ?Super Cobra? in multiple combat deployments, and serving as the liaison officer to the House of Representatives.
An 8 year old girl and a backpack.? This is a seemingly innocent and innocuous image.? Yet she is perhaps one of the strongest allies the US has in its fight against terrorist-producing extremism and the destabilizing effects of failed states.? In the past decade, numerous studies and reports have linked state stability, security, and profitability to women?s equality.? Of particular note are the findings in the seminal work Sex and World Peace linking gender equality to a lack of involvement in either intra or inter state armed conflict.? While much attention has been paid to the important role women play in stabilizing previously conflict-ridden countries, there is still woefully little done to ensure this positive trend remains well into the future.
The passage of UN Resolution 1325 in 2000 was a monumental advancement for ensuring women?s inclusion in ..
*Alex Braha is a Senior Associate at Andreae & Associates in Washington, DC, where she focuses on political and security issues in Africa and the Middle East. She received her M.A. in International Security from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.
The beginning of this month saw glimmers of hope quickly turn back to stalemate with the UN-led negotiations to solve the crisis in Libya. July began with Abdullah al-Thinni, the prime minister for the internationally recognized government currently in power in Tobruk, proclaiming his hopes that a peace deal could be signed at the latest round of talks. This was followed a few days later by the refusal of the rival government in Tripoli to show at the peace talks, expressing their rejection of the UN proposal and suggested amendments from the Tobruk government. The latest iteration of a peace plan is the fourth draft undertaken by UN envoy Bernadino Leon, and the closest he has been to consensus. But with the last minute refusal by the Tripoli government, how many more chances remain to get a deal?
There is a lot at stake for an agreement. There has been a surge of Islamic State-linked terrorist incidents in the region, including most recently the attack on 40 tourists at a Read Article
Robert C. “Bud” McFarlane served as President Ronald Reagan’s National Security Advisor from 1983-1985, and is a member of PSA’s distinguished Advisory Board. This post originally appeared in the Washington Times.?
In 2009, as intelligence reports confirmed that Iran ? the world?s leading state-sponsor of terrorism ? had resumed its nuclear weapons development program, the efforts of American policy officials to reverse it focused first on Iranian vulnerabilities. What critical commodity or service essential to daily life in Iran might be restricted by sanctions and thereby influence the government of Iran to change course? It didn?t take long to identify such a strategic commodity: gasoline.
Paradoxically, although Iran has very substantial oil reserves, years ago it adopted the practice of selling its crude to foreign refiners who would provide gasoline and other petroleum products back to Tehran. Consequently, a successful allied effort to restrict the export to Iran of gasoline and other consumables ? and, of course, to prohibit financial institutions from enabling such transactions ? would surely get the attention of Iranian leaders.
At that point something unusual happened in Washington. An experienced group of outside national security ..