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: "When I think about terrorism, and the future of terrorism, you can?t separate that out now from the refugee crisis. I didn?t expect as a counter-terrorism official I?d be worrying about a refugee crisis. I think I can?t address the counter-terror problem without addressing the refugee crisis. It?s a humanitarian disaster that we will absolutely be dealing with over the next 5-10 years."

- Frances F. Townsend, PSA Advisory Board Member & Former Homeland Security Advisor
Advisory Board Interview Series - This Month ft. Frances F. Townsend, Homeland Security Advisor (2004-2008)

SEPT 2015 - Frances F. Townsend, former Homeland Security Advisor, joins PSA for this month's edition of The Five Minute Forum. Ms. Townsend discusses cybersecurity, counterterrorism, the current refugee crisis, and much more.

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PRESS RELEASE: PSA Welcomes Nate Sans, Program Associate Washington, DC - Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) is pleased to announce the addition of Nate Sans as our new Program Associate. He will provide support to the PSA's international working group study on funding for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) nuclear and technical cooperation missions and assist with congressional programming and special projects. (Sept. 17, 2015)

Can Tunisia Survive Threats to Democratic Change? Implications for the U.S. in the Region. SEPT 29 - PSA and USIP will host an off-the-record roundtable lunch discussion on September 29th focused on "Can Tunisia Survive Threats to Democratic Change? Implications for the U.S. in the Region." The event features Amb. Frank Wisner, PSA Advisory Board member, and Linda Bishai, USIP.

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.
Advisory Board Interview Series - This Month ft. George Shultz, Secretary of State 1982-89

AUG 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.
Advisory Board Interview Series - This Month ft. Lee Hamilton, U.S. Congressman (D-IN), 1965-1999

JULY 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.

The Iran Forum Series JULY 23 - The Iran Nuclear Deal: Pitfalls and Promises

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 Relationship MAR 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.

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, discussed how domestic drivers are influencing China's foreign policy and diplomatic relations with the United States. This private lunch was for members of PSA's Congressional Partnership Program.

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.

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.

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.

Full List of CPP Events For a full list of Congressional Partnership Program events and speakers, please visit the PSA Events Page.
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

Donít Forget our Daughters: The Importance of Girls in Guaranteeing Future Security

*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[1] 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 .. Read Article

Libya: Making a Friend out of the Enemy of our Enemy

*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

How Iran turns lemons into high-octane lemonade

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 .. Read Article

The Latest From PSA

WATCH: Samuel Berger says the Iran Deal will make its region saferAUG 12 - PSA Advisory Board member Samuel Berger sat down with CNBC to discuss how the Iran deal will make the Middle East safer.

Samuel Berger: "No" to Iran Means No ForeverPSA Advisory Board member Samuel Berger cautions that a "no" from Congress on the Iran Deal will mean "no" to future U.S. influence on the Iranian nuclear program.

LISTEN: Fran Townsend discusses responses to the rise of ISISPSA Advisory Board member Fran Townsend sat down with Aspen Public Radio to discuss appropriate responses to the rise of ISIS.

Lee Hamilton: We need congressional insiders, outsidersPSA Co-founder and Advisory Board Member Lee Hamilton: Congress needs insiders and outsiders in order to function while also maintaining public accountability

Lee Hamilton: Power of Executive Branch has Grown; Many Challenges Await Next President.PSA Co-founder and Advisory Board Member Lee Hamilton: executive branch has grown far more powerful than other "co-equal" branches, says serious security and healthcare challenges await the next president.