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: "We have the responsibility to ensure that our first impulse in foreign affairs is one of bipartisanship."

- Richard Lugar, former Senator (R-IN)
How to Negotiate Anything: Lessons Learned From the Capitol Leaders Program This month, 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!

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) join Capitol Hill staff to explore current issues surrounding the U.S.-Pakistan relationship.

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.

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 www.psaonline.org/cpp

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.
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

Andrew Semmel: How to Negotiate Anything- Lessons Learned From the Capitol Leaders Program

PSA Executive Director Dr. Andrew Semmel discusses PSA’s Harvard Negotiation Program and its potential for building bipartisanship. Article written by Rebecca Gale and published by??Roll Call.

Capitol Leaders Program

Forty House and Senate foreign affairs and national security staffers came together recently at George Washington University?s Elliott School of International Affairs to learn the necessary skills to overcome gridlock in Congress. The program was organized by the Partnership for a Secure America and Harvard Law School?s Program on Negotiation. The bridge to bipartisanship, it seems, will be built by cooperative staffers.

The bridge to bipartisanship, it seems, will be built by cooperative staffers.

But can such teamwork lessons be applied more broadly outside of a Harvard-sanctioned setting and in the halls of Congress? Yes, says Andrew Semmel, executive director of the Partnership for a Secure America. He shared his insights with Roll Call in a lightly edited Q and A.

Q: So you got 40 staffers in a room, evenly split between Democrats and Republicans. How easy was it to cut through the rancor and find consensus?

A:?On day one, we focused on several exercises and case studies that challenged the idea of negotiation being a zero-sum game ? the ?you win-I lose? calculus. Dissecting successful .. Read Article



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



The Latest From PSA

Anthony Lake: "The world is more divided politically among and within nations than ever before."PSA Board of Advisors Member Anthony Lake discusses the long term consequences of children suffering from conflict and dislocation.

George Schultz: "The risks we take if the climate changes need to be identified carefully."PSA Advisory Board Member George Schultz discusses the potentially devastating effects of climate change.

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.