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: "These are challenging times at home and around the world. We will have to work together in a bipartisan spirit and with our international partners if we are going to achieve progress and peace now and for future generations."

- Susan Collins, U.S. Senator (R-ME)
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.

Former Senator Richard G. Lugar & Ambassador Richard H. Solomon Join PSA Advisory Board Partnership for a Secure America is thrilled to announce the newest members of its esteemed bipartisan Board of Advisors - Sen. Richard G. Lugar and Amb. Richard Solomon. With their decades of experience in U.S. national security and foreign policy, Sen. Lugar and Amb. Solomon will help guide PSA's efforts to advance bipartisan approaches on today's critical global challenges.
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)
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: Please join us at the Wilson Center for the fifth event in the Iran Forum series.

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.

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 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.

Beyond Ukraine: Addressing Implications for NATO, Europe, and U.S.-Russia Relations JULY 20 - Beyond Ukraine: Addressing Implications for NATO, Europe, and U.S.-Russia Relations

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.

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.

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 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

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

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

Despite Growing Tensions, US Must Move Forward on Cooperation With China

Published in the Huffington Post:

Lee H. Hamilton is a Distinguished Scholar, Indiana University School of Global and International Studies; Professor of Practice, IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs; Chairman, Center on Congress at Indiana University. He served as U.S. Representative from Indiana’s 9th Congressional District from 1965-1999.

He is a co-founder of the?Partnership?for a Secure America and sits on the PSA Advisory Board.

We routinely slam each other’s records on human rights. We accuse them of stealing commercial secrets, as we unabashedly acknowledge our own attempts to uncover security secrets. We debate which of our systems of government — capitalism or communism — truly works best, and we squabble over our respective responsibilities in addressing the potential catastrophic impact of climate change.

So goes the relationship between the U.S. and China. Ours is the most important bilateral relationship in the world and one that continues to change rapidly as China rises to the status of a major regional power. The rest of the international community watches this relationship carefully and understands the importance of it. Indeed, it has become clear that almost every one of the world’s problems become easier to solve if our relationship is on solid footing.

Currently, our two nations are .. Read Article

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

The Latest From PSA

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.

Lee Hamilton Discusses 2016 Presidential RacePSA Co-founder and Advisory Board Member Lee Hamilton discusses the state of the 2016 Presidential race and its implications for the future.

Albright, Powell Discuss U.S. Negotiations With IranPSA Advisory Board member/former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former Secretary of State/retired four star general Colin Powell discuss Iranian nuclear negotiations and the need for more compromise in Washington.

Lee Hamilton and Richard Lugar on the Need for BipartisanshipPSA co-founder/former Rep. Lee Hamilton (D-IN) and former Senator/PSA Advisory Board member Richard Lugar (R-IN) on the need for more bipartisanship and civility in Washington.

Robert McFarlane on Iranian Domestic Energy Strategies PSA Advisory Board member and former National Security Advisor Robert C. "Bud" McFarlane on Iranian domestic energy strategies in light of energy sanctions.