PSA Advisory Board

Madeleine AlbrightSecretary of State 1997-2001Howard BakerSenator (R-TN) 1967-85Samuel BergerNational Security Advisor 1997-2001William CohenSecretary of Defense 1997-2001Paula DobrianskyUndersecretary of State 2001-09Slade GortonSenator (R-WA) 1981-87, 1989-2001Lee HamiltonCongressman (D-IN) 1965-99 Gary HartSenator (D-CO) 1975-87Rita HauserChair, International Peace Institute 1992-presentCarla HillsUS Trade Representative 1989-93 Nancy Kassebaum BakerSenator (R-KS) 1978-97Thomas KeanGovernor, New Jersey 1982-90, 9/11 Commission ChairJohn LehmanSecretary of the Navy 1981-87Robert McFarlaneNational Security Advisor 1983-85Donald McHenryAmbassador to UN 1979-81 Sam NunnSenator (D-GA) 1972-96William PerrySecretary of Defense 1994-97Thomas PickeringUndersecretary of State 1997-2000George ShultzSecretary of State 1982 - 1989Frances TownsendHomeland Security Advisor 2004-08John WhiteheadDeputy Secretary of State 1985-88Frank WisnerUndersecretary of State 1992-93

In The Spotlight

Quote of the Day: "For more than half a century, we know that we prospered because of a bipartisan concensus on defense and foreign policy. We must do more than return to that sensible, cooperative approach."

- Hillary Clinton, Former Secretary of State
PSA Honors the Legacy of Senator Howard Baker (1925-2014) PSA honors the legacy of the late Sen. Howard Baker (R-TN), who passed on June 26th. PSA Advisory Board member, former Chief of Staff to President Reagan, Senate Majority Leader, bipartisan consensus builder, and Tennessean, Sen. Baker was an exemplary American policymaker, a role model for strong, principled leaders committed to serving our great nation. Article: Howard Baker's Legacy: Political, But Not Partisan
Iran Sanctions: What the U.S. Cedes in a Nuclear Deal JULY 8 - Video Below: Speakers at third Iran Forum briefing: Suzanne Maloney Brookings Institution, Kenneth Katzman Congressional Research Service, Elizabeth Rosenberg Center for New American Security, Robin Wright U.S. Institute of Peace and Woodrow Wilson International Center.


CLOSED: PSA's Congressional Partnership Program Summer 2014 Schedule The application period for the Summer 2014 Congressional Partnership Program (CPP) schedule is closed. For more information, please visit the CPP page.
Upcoming Events

PSA/USIP Congressional Briefing Series - topics on International Conflict Resolution and Prevention The PSA/USIP Congressional Briefing Series - topics on International Conflict Resolution and Prevention is an educational program designed to provide congressional staff opportunities to engage with leading experts and fellow Capitol Hill staffers in bipartisan forums.
Recent Events

The Iran Forum Series An unprecedented coalition of eight Washington think tanks is hosting three discussions on the pivotal diplomacy to coincide with the last three rounds of talks. 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.

Save the Dates: May 13 / June 10 / July 8
PSA/USIP - Afghanistan's Election, America's Choices - David Sedney & Dr. Andrew Wilder JUNE 5 - PSA/USIP will host an off-the-record dinner with David Sedney (former DASD for Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Central Asia) and Dr. Andrew Wilder 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.

PSA/USIP: The Inside Scoop - Developments in Syria, Impacts on Iraq, U.S. Levant Policy MAY 15 - PSA and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) hosted Amb. Maura Connelly, Bassel Korkor, and Manal Omar for an off-the-record roundtable focused on the Syrian conflict and its impact on Iraq and the greater Middle East.

PSA/ASAP Panel Discussion: Afghan Elections and the Future of US-Afghan Relations BROADCAST ON C-SPAN 3

APR 7- Join PSA and ASAP for a panel discussion on the upcoming Afghan elections and their potential implications on future relations featuring Lisa Curtis Senior Research Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, Omar Samad former Afghan Ambassador to Canada and France and Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation, Jed Ober Director of Programs at Democracy International, and moderated by Caroline Wadhams Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress.

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) will host Ambassador Bill Taylor (ret.) for our next off-the-record, Congressional staff discussion - Revolution/Counterrevolution: Examining Events in Ukraine and North Africa.
Congressional Partnership Program

Jerry Bremer, Doug Ollivant, Paul Pillar Off-the-Record Congressional Partnership Program Dinner JUNE 23 - Jerry Bremer, Doug Ollivant, Paul Pillar joined PSA's Congressional Partnership program for an off-the-record discussion with spring 2014 participants on the crisis in Iraq.

Amb. Robert Ford Off-the-Record Congressional Partnership Program Dinner JUNE 9 - Ambassador Robert Ford, U.S. Ambassador to Syria (2010-2014), joined PSA's Congressional Partnership Program for an off-the-record discussion with spring 2014 participants.

GEN James Cartwright Off-the-Record Congressional Partnership Program Dinner MAY 19 - GEN James Cartwright, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (2007-2011), joined PSA's Congressional Partnership Program for an off-the-record discussion with spring 2014 participants.

Spring 2014 Congressional Partnership Program Retreat MAY 10 & 11 - PSA Congressional Program participants joined an all-star group of foreign policy and national security experts for a weekend of thought provoking discussions and bipartisan team-building. Speakers included: Hon. Grant Aldonas, Dr. Henry Gaffney, Amb. Tom Graham, Paul Grove, Dr. Christina Lin, Amb. Steven Pifer, Michael Schiffer.

R. Nicholas Burns, Fmr. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Congressional Partnership Program Off-the-Record Dinner FEB 6 - Former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs R. Nicholas Burns (2005-2008) joined PSA for an off-the-record dinner with alumni of the Congressional Partnership Program. Burns, who was the U.S. lead negotiator on Iran, discussed recent developments with international negotiations on Iran's nuclear program and prospects for a long-term deal.

Carol Giacomo, The New York Times, Congressional Partnership Program Off-the-Record Dinner JAN 30 - Carol Giacomo, foreign affairs and defense policy editor at The New York Times Editorial Board, joined PSA's Fall 2013 Congressional Partnership Program participants for a final off-the-record dinner. In her position on the prestigious Editorial Board of The New York Times, Giacomo is responsible for defining issues of critical global interest and leading national dialogues on foreign policy and national security matters.
STEPs Scholars

Climbing the Capitol: STEPs in Foreign Affairs and National Security Partnership for a Secure America presents - Climbing the Capitol: STEPs in Foreign Affairs and National Security. Inspired by our noteworthy Congressional Partnership Program, Climbing the Capitol's goal is to reach out to another important group of next generation leaders - college kids. Our STEP Scholars (Scholarship Towards Effective Policies) graduate from the certificate program equipped with consensus-building skills and professional networks, the foundation for impactful future careers.
Climate Change, Energy, and National Security
A Changing Security Landscape: U.S. Military Response to the Next Security Challenge DEC 4 - On Wednesday, December 4th, PSA hosted a frank military panel lunch discussion with retired flag and general officers to explore the issue of climate change and national security, provide insight on DoD's strategic planning process, and discuss how America's security community can stay ahead of the curve to avoid surprises. View short video clip of four-star GEN Gordon Sullivan (Ret.), former U.S. Army Chief of Staff, comments below.


Secretary George Shultz Spoke on Capitol Hill for the First Time in 20 Years! Hosted by PSA On March 8th, Reagan former Secretary of State George Shultz (1982-89), a member of PSA's Advisory Board, spoke to a standing-room-only crowd on Capitol Hill - his first public address on Capitol Hill in 20 years. The topic of the discussion was national security, energy, and climate change. Joining PSA Executive Director, Andrew Semmel, Secretary Shultz discussed arguments for the importance of the topic and ideas to address the issue urging serious bipartisan dialogue. Read the transcript here.

Interview with VADM Dennis McGinn, Vice Chairman of CNA's Military Advisory Board, on Climate Change & National Security VADM Dennis McGinn, Vice Chair of CNA's Military Advisory Board, speaks on Sirius XM's POTUS station about the national security implications of climate change. Admiral McGinn's discussion follows on the launch of a PSA-organized open letter signed by 38 national security experts - Republicans, Democrats, and Independents - urging Washington to act on climate change to protect American national security priorities.
PSA Climate Change/National Security Roll Out Video - Capitol Hill

Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) rolled out its newest open letter on the national security threats of climate change, signed by 38 Republican, Democratic, and Independent security leaders, at a bipartisan panel event on Capitol Hill. R. James Woolsey, former Director of Central Intelligence, and Wayne Gilchrest, former Congressman (R-MD) and founder of the Congressional Climate Change Caucus, discussed the national security implications of climate change impacts abroad and offered expert insights on making progress to tackle the issue.

LETTER RELEASE: 38 Leading U.S. National Security Experts Urge Washington to Act on International Climate Change Initiatives WASHINGTON - On Feb 25th, Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) launched their newest open letter, signed by 38 Republicans, Democrats, and Independents, on the national security threats of climate change at a bipartisan panel event on Capitol Hill.

The Latest from the PSA Blog

Crocker, Luers, Pickering: Our common cause with Iran

Crocker, Luers, Pickering: Our common cause with Iran

Pickering is a member of PSA’s Advisory Board and former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. You can find this original article on Rianovosti

WASHINGTON, July 22 (RIA Novosti) ? The Obama administration should be forthcoming in producing all relevant information on the crash of?Malaysian Airline flight MH17, which led them to come to broad conclusions on the causes and responsibility for the crash, former ambassador to Russia, Thomas Pickering, said in an interview with RIA Novosti Monday.

?I think it?s important to produce the information that they believe they have available as a contribution to an investigation. Certainly, given the horrendous nature of the action and the deep concern felt around the world, they should not sit on information they have,? said Pickering referring to evidence the US administration has used as the basis for its recent official statements.

According to Pickering, President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry felt ?strongly enough about the situation now and confident enough about the .. Read Article



Bordering on surreal live images of war

Bordering on surreal ? live images of war

Sonenshine is a distinguished fellow at George Washington University and former member of PSA’s Board of Directors. This article originally appeared in the The Hill Contributor’s Blog.

A civilian aircraft is shot down over the border between Russia and Ukraine, wreckage burning on the ground. Two hundred ninety-eight innocent souls lost. In another quadrant of your screen, outgoing rockets from Gaza meet incoming missiles from Israel along the border as Israeli ground troops seek to destroy tunnels connecting the areas. Cut to the U.S.-Mexico border, where thousands of people are streaming across to escape life in Latin America, facing uncertain conditions. Pause before watching scenes of insurgents marching toward Baghdad. They came over porous borders with Syria.

Everywhere you look, a boundary is in dispute at a time when we supposedly live in a virtual e-everything world with no borders. The question arises ? what role do borders serve?

From the dawn of time, through empires and kingdoms, and then the Treaty of Westphalia and the creation of the nation-state, we have tried to make sense of the lines that separate populations ? be they artificial lines or ones agreed .. Read Article



Lee Hamilton: Are we doomed to polarization?

Lee Hamilton: Are we doomed to polarization?

Lee Hamilton is director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years. He is also Co-Chair of ?PSA’s Board of Advisors. This article originally appeared in the Rock River Times.

We Americans are trapped in a political dilemma. We all like representative democracy, but we don?t much like the way it?s performing.

The reason for this dissatisfaction is clear. Polls in recent years detail a polarized nation, divided both ideologically and politically. This is, as the Pew Research Center put it recently, ?a defining feature of politics today.? In the public?s eye, Washington gets most of the blame for this.

Yet, Congress and the political world around it reflect the rest of the country more than we?d like to believe. Our nation is divided ideologically. It?s also segregated politically, with many Americans preferring to associate with and live near people who share their views; gerrymandered districts and closed primaries intensify the effect. Our media are more partisan than they used to be. Interest groups ? many of them funded by ordinary Americans who want their voices magnified ? are more engaged .. Read Article



The Latest From PSA

Lee Hamilton & Thomas Kean: 9/11 Commission report authors warn nation of cyberattack threatsThe authors of the 9/11 Commission report (PSA's Advisory Board members Lee Hamilton and Thomas Kean) say that a decade after completing their seminal look at the rise of al-Qaeda, the threat of terrorism has not waned and the country can ill afford to let its guard down again.

Public Policy Institute of California Honors Former US Secretary of State George ShultzPPIC yesterday dedicated the George P. Shultz Forum at its Bechtel Conference Center, in honor of the U.S. statesman, economist, and businessman.

Samuel Berger former US national security advisor: Don't let Hamas participate in Palestinian electionsSamuel Berger says at Herzliya Conference as long as Hamas remains an armed terrorist organization it should not be allowed to run.

Albright in Prague- Havel should have founded political party Prague - Czech-born Madeleine Albright, former U.S. secretary of state, reproaches former Czech president Vaclav Havel (1936-2011) for one thing only - that he did not establish his own political party, she said at a conference of the Prague branch of the U.S. Aspen Institute today.

VIDEO: Jamie Metzl Discusses 25th Anniversary of Tiananemen SquareRecently, former Executive President of the Asia Society, Jamie Metzl member of PSA's Board of Director's,discusses the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown with Bloomberg's Jonathan Ferro with Pimm Fox on Bloomberg's television.