On October 21st and 22nd, participants in the Fall 2017 class of the Congressional Partnership Program joined foreign policy and national security experts for a weekend of thought provoking discussions and bipartisan team-building. This retreat was a great opportunity for participants to assess global challenges, explore differences, and build common ground.
Participants heard from Mr. Luke Murry and Mr. Michael Kuiken on the mechanics of bipartisan consensus on the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act. Speakers discussed their negotiation of the bill language and passage through both chambers of Congress.
Mr. Luke Murry – National Security Advisor for House Majority Leader, Congressman Kevin McCarthy
Mr. Michael Kuiken – National Security Advisor for Senate Minority Leader, Senator Chuck Schumer
The Keynote address was provided by Mr. Michael Morell who discussed “Global Challenges for Today and Tomorrow.” Mr. Morell discussed global instability, challenges facing the intelligence community, and opportunities for Congressional engagement.
Mr. Michael Morell – Former Deputy Director of the CIA and Former Acting Director of the CIA.
Ambassador Roger Noreiga discussed the Venezuelan crisis including high inflation and unemployment, a rise in violence, and crushing debt. Ambassador Noriega also addressed U.S. policy options when dealing with Venezuela.
Ambassador Barbara Bodine discussed Yemen and the Arabian Peninsula. She outlined the various countries vying for influence in Yemen, how the war affects the Arabian Peninsula, and strategies the U.S. should employ to help bring the war to an end.
Ambassador Roger Noreiga – Former Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs and Former U.S. Ambassador to the Organization of American States
Ambassador Barbara Bodine – Former U.S. Ambassador to Yemen.
National Security Council Simulation
Participants engaged in a National Security Council Simulation led by Mr. Robert Sheldon to advance strategic negotiation and communication skills.
Mr. Robert Sheldon – Director for Policy – Emerging Threats at the Business Executives for National Security.