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) 1972-96William 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 Week: "Partisanship is critical, because its not a matter of 'We all have to agree.' We need different opinions, but ... both sides get to some conclusion and make a decision on how we go forward."

- Chuck Hagel, Secretary of Defense
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) will join 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.

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.

The Iran Forum Series An unprecedented coalition of eight Washington think tanks hosted 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.

Click here for videos of all three public meetings.
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.

Former Senator Jon Kyl Private Event SEPT 22 - PSA welcomed former Senator Jon Kyl to speak to the eleventh class of the Congressional Partnership Program at a private, off-the-record dinner.

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Private Off-the-Record Dinner with CPP Summer 2014 Class OCT 6 - PSA's Congressional Partnership Program hosted the summer 2014 class of CPP participants for a private off-the-record dinner. Participants joined members of PSA's Board of Directors for an off-the-record roundtable dinner focusing on top national security and foreign policy challenges today in Congress.

CPP Alumni Dinner with Dr. Norman Ornstein OCT 20 - Dr. Norman Ornstein, Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, joined our Congressional Partnership Program alumni to discuss our electoral system and partisanship in Congress.

Summer 2014 CPP Retreat SEPT 13-14 - PSA welcomed former Senator Evan Bayh to speak to the eleventh class of the Congressional Partnership Program at a private, off-the-record dinner. Speakers included:Thomas Moore, Ed Levine, Dr. Kim Holmes, Robert Daly, and Dr. Dov Zakheim

PSA Welcomes Former Senator Evan Bayh SEPT 3 - PSA welcomed former Senator Evan Bayh to speak to the eleventh class of the Congressional Partnership Program at a private, off-the-record dinner.

Senator Richard Lugar Congressional Partnership Program Alumni Lunch JULY 21: Senator Richard Lugar (1977-2013) joined PSA's Congressional Partnership Program for an off-the-record lunch with CPP alumni.
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.

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.
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.

The Latest from the PSA Blog

Lee Hamilton: Lobbyists the New Fourth Branch of Government

PSA Board of Directors Member and current?director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University, Lee Hamilton, discusses the influence?of lobbying groups?in American politics.?The Rock River Times Op-Ed

The Power of Lobbyists?

Because of its power to influence public affairs, the press has long been known as ?the Fourth Estate.? But I think the media may have been displaced. These days, it?s lobbyists who seem to carry the most clout in Washington.

Here?s a case in point. When Congress closed at the beginning of August for its end-of-summer recess, it faced wide-scale derision for having accomplished next to nothing during the year. In fact, the Pew Center ranked the session as the least productive in two decades.

But it wasn?t entirely unproductive. Just before they left town, members of Congress did manage to get three things done: they passed a Veterans Administration reform package; they increased aid to Israel; and they kept highway construction projects around the country from losing funding.

Why did these three measures find success when so many others did not? There?s a two-word answer: powerful lobbyists. Veterans, supporters of Israel, and the combined weight of highway construction interests and .. Read Article

Jamie Metzl: Is Kim Jong Un More Dangerous than His Dad?

PSA Board Director and former Clinton administration National Security Council official Jamie Metzl weighs in on the changing calculus for the North Korean leadership. For further information?about Kim Jong Un, check Dr. Metzl’s CNN commentary.

North Korea’s Changing Calculus

It is no coincidence in my opinion that American detainees Kenneth Bae and Matthew Miller were released by North Korea just as President Obama is arriving in Beijing for the APEC Summit. With North Korea-China relations more strained than they have been in years, the US moving towards a potential deal with Iran, the North Korean economy in shambles, and a resolution just being introduced to the UN General Assembly calling for North Korea?s leaders to be referred to the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity, Kim Jong Un and his cabal are being squeezed as never before. Absolute terror remains a very effective means for North Korea?s leaders to maintain control of their population, but it?s hard to see how the status quo can be maintained for too long. It may be that North Korea sees this too, and has come to realize both that the costs of its global pariah status is increasing and that an Iran-like deal (where they negotiate over a long time and ultimately give up enough of their nuclear program to make the world happier and secure aid but not .. Read Article

Tara Sonenshine: A Fulbright Is Not a Political Football

Tara Sonenshine sits on the Partnership for a Secure America’s Board of Advisors. She is a former under secretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs and currently teaches at George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs.This article originally appeared in?The Huffington Post.

A Fulbright is Not a Political Football

Every now and then Congress shows wisdom as in the recent decision by the House and Senate to reject a request from the Obama administration to cut funding for the famous Fulbright program from $237 to $204 million.

What’s a Fulbright and why should you care?

The Fulbright is the most competitive and highly sought academic fellowship in the world. Think of it as trade — the trading of great minds in the stead of peace.

The Fulbright premise is tried and true — built on a simple, highly effective concept of international exchanges among scholars to foster better understanding and relations among nations. The Fulbright program provides small grants to help American students and teachers learn and work abroad and foreign students and scholars to visit the United States. As Senator J. William Fulbright, the program’s founder, said in 1945, “a little more knowledge, a little more reason, and a little more compassion… increase the chance that nations will learn at last to live in peace and fellowship.”

With over 355,000 alumni from over 155 countries, the .. Read Article

The Latest From PSA

Madeleine Albright: "Not only do you have to listen, but you have to listen to diverse ideas."PSA Advisory Board Member Madeleine Albright talks about politics and Muskieís legacy in Portland

Frances Townsend leads new NGO in exposing terrorist networks PSA Advisory Board member Frances Townsend is on the warpath to expose not only the financing conduits for radical Islamic groups, but to determine where the money is coming from and how itís being moved.

Thomas Pickering, PSA Advisory Board Member and former ambassador to UN talks foreign policy and U.S.'s role abroadThomas Pickering talked about the role of the U.S. in building stronger connections abroad at an event in GW's Jack Morton Auditorium on Wednesday.

US Administration Should Not Sit On MH17 Information - Ex-AmbassadorThomas Pickering of PSA's Advisory Board interviewed on MH17 disaster.

Congrats! Lee Hamilton receives Distinguished Service award from the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress!PSA Advisory Board member Lee Hamilton Receives Distinguished Service Award from US Association of Former Congress Members.