On June 8th and 9th, participants in the Spring 2019 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.


Bipartisan Panel on the Ratification of the New START Treaty

Participants heard from Tom Moore, Deputy Director of CSIS Proliferation Prevention Program and former Senior Professional Staff Member of Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Ed Levine, Former Senior Professional Staff Member of Senate Foreign Relations Committee, who discussed the New Start Treaty.

Featuring:

Tom Moore – Deputy Director of CSIS Proliferation Prevention Program and former Senior Professional Staff Member of Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Ed Levine – Former Senior Professional Staff Member of Senate Foreign Relations Committee


Keynote Address

The keynote address was provided by Carol Giacomo who discussed reporting on U.S. foreign policy.

Featuring:

Carol Giacomo – Member of the New York Times Editorial Board and former diplomatic correspondent for Reuters in Washington


Breakout Sessions

Vice Admiral Michael Franken (Ret.) discussed U.S. security priorities in Africa and congressional action in support of national security.

Ambassador Robert King discussed North Korean foreign policy and congressional action in support of national security.

Featuring: 

Vice Admiral Michael Franken (Ret.) – Former Deputy Commander AFRICOM

Ambassador Robert King – Former Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights


National Security Council Simulation

Participants engaged in a National Security Council Simulation led by Mr. Robert Sheldon to advance strategic negotiation and communication skills. The fellows assumed various roles on the National Security Council and debated solutions to a crisis scenario in the South China Sea.

Featuring:

Mr. Robert Sheldon – Director of Government Technology Strategy at CrowdStrike