PSA’s Five Minute Forum is a periodic interview series with members of PSA’s bipartisan Advisory Board providing expert perspectives on global issues to promote sound approaches to critical national security and foreign policy challenges.

Partisan Gridlock Prevents Congress from Doing Their Jobs

PSA works to promote bipartisanship by bringing together congressional staffers from both parties to show them how they can work together to make America safer.

Advisory Board Interview Series - This Month ft. Ambassador Richard Solomon, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian & Pacific Affairs (1989-1992)

Richard Solomon, former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs (1989-1992), discussed a wide variety of topics including: US-Chinese relations, current issues in the Chinese Economy, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Advisory Board Interview Series - This Month ft. Ambassador Paula Dobriansky, Under Secretary of State (2001-2009)

Paula Dobriansky, former Under Secretary of State (2001-2009), discussed a wide variety of topics including: U.S.-Russian relations, the current political climate in Russia, democracy advancement abroad, educational and cultural exchanges, and voter engagement in foreign policy and national security issues.

Advisory Board Interview Series - This Month ft. Ambassador Carla Hills, U.S. Trade Representative (1989-1993)

Ambassador Carla A. Hills, former U.S. Trade Representative (1989-1993), discussed a wide variety of topics including: American leadership, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, possible changes to the U.S. visa waiver program as a result of increasing security threats, trade relations with Iran post-nuclear sanctions, Trade Promotion Authority, and legislation to lift the ban on exporting U.S. crude oil.

Advisory Board Interview Series - This Month ft. Ambassador Tom Pickering, Undersecretary of State (1997-2000)

Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering, former Under Secretary of State (1997-2000), discussed a wide variety of topics including: American leadership, U.S.-Iranian relations, shifting dynamics in the Middle East post-nuclear deal, President Putin’s leadership, resolution of the crisis in Syria, UN reform, and future national security and foreign policy threats.

Advisory Board Interview Series - This Month ft. Frank Wisner, Undersecretary of Defense (1993-1994) & Undersecretary of State (1992-1993)  

Ambassador Frank G. Wisner, former Under Secretary of Defense (1993-1994) and Under Secretary of State (1992-1993), discussed a wide variety of topics including: U.S.-Chinese relations, lessons from the Arab Spring, the refugee crisis, a strategy for Syria, the future of U.S.-Indian relations, and nuclear non-proliferation.

Advisory Board Interview Series - This Month ft. Frances F. Townsend, Homeland Security Advisor (2004-2008)

Frances F. Townsend, former Homeland Security Advisor (2004-2008), discussed a variety of topics including: cyber security, counter-terrorism approaches, the current refugee crisis, and U.S. foreign policy and national security strategies.

Advisory Board Interview Series - This Month ft. George Shultz, Secretary of State 1982-89

George Shultz, former Secretary of State (1982-1989), discussed what can be done to ease the partisan divide in politics.

Advisory Board Interview Series - This Month ft. Lee Hamilton, U.S. Congressman (D-IN), 1965-1999

Lee Hamilton, former U.S. Representative (D-IN) (1965-1999) discussed a variety of topics including: the role of foreign assistance in the future of U.S. foreign policy, the role of Congress in foreign policy, and U.S.-Chinese relations.