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 Day: "The attacks of September 11th were intended to break our spirit. Instead we have emerged stronger and more unified. We feel renewed devotion to the principles of political, economic, and religious freedom, the rule of law and respect for human life. We are more determined than ever to live our lives in freedom."

- Rudolph Giuliani, Former Mayor of New York City

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

Information on the CPP found at www.psaonline.org/cpp

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.


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.

Jerry Bremer, Doug Ollivant, Paul Pillar Off-the-Record Congressional Partnership Program Dinner JUNE 23 - Jerry Bremer, Doug Ollivant, Paul Pillar joined PSA's Congressional Partnership program for an off-the-record discussion with spring 2014 participants on the crisis in Iraq.

Amb. Robert Ford Off-the-Record Congressional Partnership Program Dinner JUNE 9 - Ambassador Robert Ford, U.S. Ambassador to Syria (2010-2014), joined PSA's Congressional Partnership Program for an off-the-record discussion with spring 2014 participants.

GEN James Cartwright Off-the-Record Congressional Partnership Program Dinner MAY 19 - GEN James Cartwright, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (2007-2011), joined PSA's Congressional Partnership Program for an off-the-record discussion with spring 2014 participants.
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

Give Diplomacy With Russia a Chance

Jack F. Matlock Jr. was the United States ambassador to the Soviet Union from 1987 to 1991. Thomas R. Pickering is a member of PSA’s Board of Advisors and? was the United States ambassador to Russia from 1993 to 1996, and James F. Collins from 1997 to 2001.This article originally appeared in the New York Times.

Give Diplomacy With Russia a Chance

The crisis over Ukraine has all but frozen official communication between the United States and Russia. The Russian reaction to the political upheaval in Kiev ? the absorption of Crimea, and the armed intervention in eastern Ukraine ? and the American responses to those actions have brought about a near-complete breakdown in normal and regular dialogue between Washington and Moscow. Relations between the two capitals have descended into attempts by each side to pressure the other, tit-for-tat actions, shrill propaganda statements, and the steady diminution of engagement between the two governments and societies.

Reports from the NATO summit meeting that ended in Newport, Wales, on Friday indicate that the United States and its allies will respond to Russia?s intervention and violence in Ukraine with an escalation of their own ? including further sanctions, enhanced military presence in front-line states, and possibly greater support for Ukraine?s armed forces. This .. Read Article



Is Xi Serious About Cracking Down on Corruption?

Jamie Metzl is a Senior Fellow at the Asia Society. He served in the National Security Council and State Department during the Clinton administration. His is also chairman of PSA’s Board of Director’s. This original article can be found on CNN‘s international news blog.

Is Xi Serious About Cracking Down on Corruption?

There are many signs that Chinese President Xi Jinping?s unprecedented anti-corruption drive is serious. In recent weeks, an investigation was launched into former security chief and Politburo Standing Committee member Zhou Yongkang, while former top General Xu Caihou was expelled from the Communist Party. Nearly 200,000 party members of all levels have reportedly been disciplined for corruption over the last two years. But if this top down approach is not matched by a bottom-up empowerment of the people being most harmed by China?s corruption pandemic it will have little chance of success.

China?s leadership faces a crisis of confidence among the Chinese people. Endemic corruption has become the rule rather than the exception, highlighted in the social media the government is straining to contain. Downstream effects of corruption ? environmental degradation, food and consumer safety lapses, massive inequality, and thwarted innovation to name a few ? are suppressing .. Read Article



Cementing Peace in the Middle East
This original article can be found at the Hill news?blog. This article was written by Tara Sonenshine, a former member of PSA?s Advisory Board and former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. She is currently distinguished Fellow at the George Washington University.

Cementing Peace in the Middle East

It’s all about cement. The key to ending the current conflict between Israel and Gaza may lie, literally and figuratively, in the cement trucks that carry building materials across borders.

As cease-fire talks resume in Egypt, one of the big obstacles to a durable agreement will be the embargo (imposed by Israel and Egypt) that restricts goods from coming in and out of the Gaza Strip. A 7-year-old embargo is both a reflection of the lack of confidence between citizens of Gaza and Israel and a potential confidence-building measure depending on which side you are on.

Cement is one of those pesky “dual-use items” ? materials for positive work, like building homes, roads and schools, or negative work like building tunnels, bunkers and fortified positions from which to fire rockets. So much depends on intent.

Israel reenters a 72-hour truce in a deeply skeptical mood after failed cease-fires and clear evidence that extremists in Gaza built tunnels deep into Israel ? some 32 .. Read Article



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