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 1981-87Robert 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 - 1989Frances TownsendHomeland Security Advisor 2004-08Frank WisnerUndersecretary of State 1992-93

In The Spotlight

Quote of the Week: "Democracy needs the trust of the people. But that can only occur if our elected leaders can trust one another. That is not only good politics, it just happens to be good for the country."

- Leon E. Panetta, former Secretary of Defense

PRESS RELEASE: Former Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta Joins PSA Advisory Board Washington, DC - Today, Partnership for a Secure America welcomed Leon E. Panetta as the newest member of the organization's distinguished Advisory Board. Panetta served in the Obama administration as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 2009 to 2011 and as Secretary of Defense from 2011 to 2013. (March 20, 2015)

OPEN: PSA's Congressional Partnership Program Spring 2015 Schedule The application period for the Spring 2015 Congressional Partnership Program (CPP) schedule is now open. Started in 2009, PSA's highly selective Congressional staff program aims to equip the next generation of foreign policy and security experts to respect differences, build common ground and achieve U.S. national interests.

For more information, please visit the CPP page.
How to Negotiate Anything: Lessons Learned From the Capitol Leaders Program Roll Call newspaper caught up with PSA's Andy Semmel to talk about our recent PSA/Harvard congressional negotiation training program. Check out what we've been up to!

The Iran Forum Cont. APR 20 - To Be Announced: The fourth event will examine outcomes of the P5+1 talks with Iran after the March 24th target for negotiators to lay down the outline for a deal on Iran's nuclear program.

New Dynamics in the U.S.-Afghanistan Relationship MAR 30 -PSA and USIP will host an off-the-record roundtable discussion of the current situation in Afghanistan and the status of U.S.-Afghan relations. The discussion will be led by Nancy Lindborg, President of USIP, and Ambassador James Dobbins, former State Department Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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.

Nigeria: Elections, Boko Haram & the Future of US Relations FEB 19 - PSA and USIP hosted an off-the-record congressional staff discussion with Amb. Johnny Carson and Susan Stigant focusing on U.S.-Nigerian relations in the face of recent political, economic, and security developments in Nigeria.

Defining U.S. Goals & Policy on Pakistan in 2015 JAN 15 - Pakistan experts Stephen Cohen (Brookings), Shuja Nawaz (formerly Atlantic Council), and Moeed Yusuf (United States Institute of Peace) joined Capitol Hill staff to explore current issues surrounding the U.S.-Pakistan relationship.

Congressional Working Series on Future U.S. Afghanistan Policy OCT Series - As the last days of campaign season heated up outside the Beltway, PSA and USIP convened influential Capitol Hill foreign policy/national security staffers - Republicans, Democrats, House, Senate - over three weeks to dig deep on the future of U.S. policy in Afghanistan in pursuit of bipartisan solutions.

Briefing: The Role of Women in Counterterrorism SEPT 17 - CAPITOL HILL PUBLIC EVENT Women play an important, but not as recognized role in counterterrorism worldwide. This briefing shed light on their roles in preventing terrorism and discussed the ideas of what The United States and international community can do to further integrate women in counterterrorism programs.

This briefing was organized by two participants in PSA's Congressional Partnership Program. Information on the CPP found at

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.

To learn more about the CPP, visit

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!
CPP Alumni Dinner with Former Reps. Gary Ackerman (D-NY) and Jean Schmidt (R-OH) PSA, ANGA, Venable, Carnegie Logo

NOV 18 - Former U.S. Representatives Gary Ackerman (D-NY) and Jean Schmidt (R-OH) joined PSA's Congressional Partnership Program alumni for a bipartisan dinner to discuss current international challenges facing U.S. policymakers and opportunities for improving cross-party engagement on critical foreign policy and national security issues.

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

The Iran Forum Series In 2014, as international negotiators attempted to find diplomatic solutions to disputes over Iran's nuclear program, an unprecedented coalition of eight Washington think tanks hosted a series of public and Capitol Hill educational briefings on the challenges facing these men and women at the table with Iran. The coalition included 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 three public meetings.
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.

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.

The Latest from the PSA Blog

Lee Hamilton: Governing by crisis isnít governing

Lee Hamilton is director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University and current Advisory Board Co-Chair to the Partnership for a Secure America. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years. The article originally appeared in Battle Creek Enquirer.

Lee Hamilton: Governing by crisis isn?t governing

After Congress came a hair?s breadth from shutting down the Department of Homeland Security a few weeks ago, members of the leadership tried to reassure the American people. ?We?re certainly not going to shut down the government or default on the national debt,? Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declared on CBS?s ?Face the Nation.?

Congress, he said, would not lurch from crisis to crisis.

I wish I could be so confident. Because if you look at the year ahead, the congressional calendar is littered with opportunities to do just that.

Next month, unless Congress acts, doctors will see a steep cut in Medicare reimbursements. In May, the Highway Trust Fund runs out of money, meaning that infrastructure projects all across the country could grind to a halt. The following month, the federal Export-Import Bank?s charter runs out.

By the end of summer, Congress will need to raise the debt ceiling. Then it will have to find a way of funding the government for next year, deal with across-the-board spending cuts .. Read Article

This is Tunisiaís Moment

Madeleine Albright is a PSA Advisory Board member and was U.S. Secretary of State from 1997 to 2001. She also chairs Partners for a New Beginning,?the Albright Stonebridge Group, a strategic consulting firm, and Albright Capital Management, an emerging markets investment firm.
Penny Pritzker is U.S. Commerce Secretary. Article originally appeared in Al Jazeera America.

This is Tunisia’s Moment

On Dec. 17, 2010, a Tunisian street vendor named Mohammed Bouazizi staged a desperate protest against corrupt local officials by setting himself on fire. The act helped trigger a revolution in his country and a wave of uprisings across North Africa and the Middle East. The consequences of his actions were complex, but his demands were simple: He wanted to earn a good living, start a business and be treated with dignity.

Bouazizi?s story reminds us that the roots of extraordinary political upheaval in what came to be known as the Arab Spring were fundamentally about economic freedom. Creating opportunity for young people besieged by high unemployment is a challenge that must be addressed head-on by governments in the region. The United States will continue to serve as a partner in that effort, through both our government and our private sector.

To this end, the two of us were honored to travel to Tunis last week to participate in the Investment and Entrepreneurship .. Read Article

What Navyís New Maritime Strategy Should Say

John F. Lehman PSA Advisory Board member served as Navy Secretary from 1981 to 1987.?Rep. J. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) is Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee. The article originally appeared in Breaking Defense.

What Navy?s New Maritime Strategy Should Say

After years of ill-considered budget cuts and a focus on large-scale land wars, the U.S. Navy had entered a period of qualitative and quantitative decline, diminished readiness, and a lack of confidence in its own mission and capabilities.

Foreign adversaries seemed ascendant, including a radical theocracy in Iran and an expansionist Russia. Many American political leaders seemed resigned to a significantly reduced global role, and the Navy showed signs of abandoning its historic inclination toward an aggressive, offensive-minded spirit.

We refer not to the present day but rather to the late 1970s and early 1980s. Then, as now, the U.S. Navy faced a deteriorating international security environment, an aging and shrinking fleet, and an administration woefully inadequate to the tasks before it. Ronald Reagan?s ascension to the presidency and determination to reverse the country?s military decline required a new strategy for the Navy.

The 1982 .. Read Article

The Latest From PSA

Madeleine Albright on the international orderInterview with PSA Advisory Board member and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on the UN and the responsibilities of the international community.

ICYMI: William Perry on his protege Ash Carter as Sec of DefenseGreat situational comparative of PSA Advisory Board member William Perry to current Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter.

PSA Advisory Board members George Shultz and Paula Dobriansky joined Jeb Bush's foreign policy teamJeb Bush's new foreign policy team gives a strong clue of the third Bush administration's foreign policy.

George Shultz, the "Best Secretary of State you've never heard of"A compelling argument for the bipartisan respect for PSA Advisory Board member and former Secretary of State George Shultz.

Madeleine Albright to speak at Tufts UniversityPSA Advisory Board member and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to deliver the commencement address at Tufts University May 17th.