PSA Advisory Board

Madeleine AlbrightSecretary of State 1997-2001Samuel 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 1981-87Richard LugarSenator (R-IN) 1977-2013Robert McFarlaneNational Security Advisor 1983-85Donald McHenryAmbassador to UN 1979-81 Sam NunnSenator (D-GA) 1972-96Leon PanettaSecretary of Defense 2011-2013William PerrySecretary of Defense 1994-97Thomas PickeringUndersecretary of State 1997-2000George ShultzSecretary of State 1982 - 1989Richard SolomonPresident, U.S. Institute of Peace 1993-2012Frances TownsendHomeland Security Advisor 2004-08Frank WisnerUndersecretary of State 1992-93

In The Spotlight

Quote of the Week: "Quite a lot of success in working with the Congress depends on listening, and you often get very good ideas."

- Robert C. "Bud" McFarlane, former National Security Advisor

Former Senator Richard G. Lugar Joins PSA Advisory Board Washington, DC - Today, Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) welcomed Richard G. Lugar (R-IN) as the newest member of the organization's distinguished Advisory Board. Lugar served as Senator from Indiana from 1977 to 2013, twice served as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and was a leader on issues such as food security, nuclear non-proliferation, energy independence, and free trade. (June 22, 2015)

Former USIP President Richard H. Solomon Joins PSA Advisory Board Washington, DC - Today, Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) welcomed Richard H. Solomon as the newest member of the organization's distinguished Advisory Board. Solomon served as President of the United States Institute of Peace from 1993 to 2012. Prior to that, he was assistant secretary of state for East Asia and Pacific Affairs from 1989 to 1992 and served as ambassador to the Philippines from 1992-1993. (June 19, 2015)
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. Last week, PSA released a strong bipartisan statement endorsing the use of the U.S. Army Field Manual for detainee interrogations. (June 16, 2015)
STATEMENT RELEASE: Bipartisan Leaders Call for Upholding Policy Reform & Oversight on U.S. Interrogation Activities AmericanFlag Washington, 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)
NEW! Advisory Board Interview Series - This Month ft. Robert C. "Bud" McFarlane, National Security Advisor (1983-1985)

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.

The Iran Forum Series July 13 - The Engame: Who Got What Out of the Iran Talks?

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 four public meetings.

The Flaw at the Heart of China's Reform Process: Implications for U.S.-China Relations JULY 14 - Dr. Jamie Metzl, Co-chair of PSA's Board of Directors, will discuss how domestic drivers are influencing China's foreign policy and diplomatic relations with the United States. This private lunch is for members of PSA's Congressional Partnership Program.

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.

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.

Spring 2015 CPP Dinner with Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson JUNE 8 - PSA hosted U.S. Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff for Secretary of State Colin Powell, for an off-the-record dinner with the Spring 2015 class of the Congressional Partnership Program.

Spring 2015 CPP Dinner with Amb. Said Tayeb Jawad MAY 27 - PSA hosted former Afghan Ambassador to the U.S. Said Tayeb Jawad for an off-the-record dinner with the Spring 2015 class of the Congressional Partnership Program.

Spring 2015 CPP Retreat MAY 16-17 - PSA Congressional Partnership 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:David Sanger, Amb. James Jeffrey, and Adam Isacson

Understanding the Dynamics of Conflict in Yemen MAY 11 -PSA and USIP hosted an off-the-record roundtable discussion on the recent conflict in Yemen, its impact on the surrounding region, and possible implications for U.S. policy in the Middle East. The discussion was led by Dr. Elie Abouaoun (USIP), Amb. (ret.) Barbara Bodine (Georgetown University,) and Dr. Graeme Bannerman (Middle East Institute).

APR 20: Politics of a Nuclear Deal: Former U.S. & Iranian Officials Debate APR 20 - An Iran Forum Series Event: Iran and the world's six major powers now face a June 30 deadline for converting a blueprint into a final nuclear deal. A unique panel of former U.S. and Iranian officials will assess the status of the talks and the political dynamics that will determine the fate of any agreement in Washington and Tehran. Join us for the discussion on April 20 at the U.S. Institute of Peace.

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.

On the Ground in Egypt & UAE MAR 9 - PSA's Dr. Graeme Bannerman, PSA Board member and former Senate Foreign Relations Committee Staff Director, shared insight and information from his recent travels to Egypt and UAE.

Calamity in Greece & the Eurozone FEB 18 - PSA's Ambassador Tom Miller, PSA Board member and former U.S. Ambassador to Greece, discussed implications of Greece's recent election and economic challenges in southern Europe. This was a closed event for CPP alumni.

Off-the-Record with Michael Morell, Acting CIA Director (ret.) FEB 9 - Michael Morell, former Acting Director of the Central Intelligence Agency joined alumni of PSA's Congressional Partnership Program (CPP) for a discussion on America's critical national security and foreign policy challenges ahead.

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Crossing Cultures - CPP Alumni Share Insights with Young MENA Leaders NOV 21 - Alumni of PSA's Congressional Partnership Program joined young leaders from the Middle East and North Africa to exchange ideas on media, politics, and government. Thanks for the great opportunity UN Alliance of Civilizations!

Spring 2015 CPP Dinner with Dr. Richard Solomon JUNE 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.
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.

The Latest from the PSA Blog

Madeleine Albright Says: Learn to Interrupt, But Only If You Know What You’re Talking About

Madeleine K. Albright was U.S. Secretary of State and Ambassador to the United Nations, and is a member of PSA’s distinguished Advisory Board. This article originally appeared in NY Magazine.

This week, the Cut is talking advice ? the good, the bad, the weird, and the pieces of it you really wish you would have taken. Here, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on learning to get things done in the United Nations.

Probably every woman you know, certainly every woman I know, has been in meetings where you’re the only woman in the room, and you want to make some kind of a comment and you think, Okay, I’m not going to say that, because it sounds stupid. And then some man says it, and everybody thinks it’s completely brilliant, and you’re really mad at yourself for not having spoken. I had that experience most of my life.

I went up to the U.N. in February 1993, as the ambassador of the United States. Most of the meetings don’t take place in that fancy room but in a room farther back. They’re kind of informal. I get in there, and I see there are 15 members of the Security Council, and I’m the only woman. Fourteen men from all different parts of the world are sitting there looking at me and I think to myself, Okay, so, I’ll just see who’s who, and if they like me, and what the mood of the room is. And all of a sudden I look .. Read Article

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Senate Profile of Dan Coats

Since Bayh decided to retire
cheap ray bans and Democrats chose 8th District Rep. Brad Ellsworth to take his place, Coats’ opponent has changed. But in advertisements and on the trail, his campaign’s central messages are the same today as it were when he entered the race:

n Obama, Coats says, is leading the United States down the wrong path.

n On important issues such as health care reform and the stimulus package, the Democratic candidate has voted with the wishes of Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

n A vote for the Democratic candidate is a vote to enable Obama’s agenda, while a vote for Coats is a vote against that agenda.

"My vision for the future certainly clashes with Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid’s vision," Coats said.

"I’m not fully confident that we may be able to find that common ground. It’s going to take some movement, and in my opinion, it’s going to take significant movement toward less government, not more."

Daniel Ray Coats was born May 16, 1943, in Jackson, Mich., to Edward and Vera Coats. He attended Wheaton College in Illinois, where
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Planning that perfect wedding

Her concern had nothing to do with my intended, but my intentions: planning a full scale wedding, with bridal party, sit down dinner, DJ and more, in under three months.

Now, I know most guidebooks and bridal Web sites insist that you take at least a year, sometimes 18 months, to pull off the perfect ceremony. Some talk about a six month audition period for florists alone.

But with my fiance and I both in our 30s and wanting to get the whole "spend the rest of our lives together" thing started, it seemed a waste of precious time to wait a whole year.

So instead of planning to get married in July 2010, a year from our engagement, we decided on October 2009.

When we told people our plans, they were so shocked they often expected to hear a second, follow up announcement but no, there was no baby on the way.

My friend that same BFF had just gotten married a few months earlier, in an elaborate destination wedding in Miami that took a professional planner more than a year to coordinate. She was adamant that I wouldn’t have enough time to pull it off, and even if I did, I would be too stressed to enjoy it.

And it was stressful at times but it was the kind of stress I would have had even with 18 months to plan. Looking back, I now know you don’t need a year to pull off a dream wedding.

Of course, you can’t waste a day.

You have to start planning from the moment he slips the ring on your finger (and truthfully, if you’ve been talking about getting .. Read Article

The Latest From PSA

Madeleine Albright on Yevgeny Primakov: A statesman from a time when the United States and Russia could disagree and still be friends.PSA Advisory Board member Madeleine Albright remembers the legacy of Yevgeny Primakov, former Russian Prime Minister and Foreign Minister. (Foreign Policy Magazine)

Madeleine Albright on food security: private sector can do well by doing goodPSA Advisory Board member Madeleine Albright quoted on international food security, saying the private sector can play a more effective role.

Madeleine Albright quoted on UN reformPSA Advisory Board member Madeleine Albright calls for UN reform, saying that continuing failure within the body "risks prolonging world crises."

Frances Townsend quoted on Iranian resistancePSA Advisory Board member Frances Townsend: US should support Iranian resistance.

Jamie Metzl: North Korea's government will collapse within a decadePSA Board of Directors co-chair Dr. Jamie Metzl predicts that a variety of converging factors will lead to the North Korean government's collapse.