Off-the-Record with former Under Secretary of State R. Nicholas Burns

FEB 6 – Former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs R. Nicholas Burns (2005-2008) joined PSA for an off-the-record dinner with alumni of the Congressional Partnership Program. Burns, who was the U.S. lead negotiator on Iran, discussed recent developments with international negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program and prospects for a long-term deal. To learn […]

PSA/USIP Capitol Hill Briefing: A Report from Inside Iran with Robin Wright

Public Briefing JAN 13 – Author and journalist Robin Wright, who has covered Iran for more than 40 years, visited Capitol Hill to offer insights from her recent two-week trip. She discussed Tehran’s new strategic goals, the shifting balance of political power, the economic challenges and future potential, the post-election public mood, prospects for the […]

Off-the-Record with former USAID Administrator Andrew Natsios

DEC 6 – PSA hosted former USAID Administrator Andrew Natsios (2001-2006) for a Capitol Hill discussion on U.S. aid reform. This is a private event for PSA’s fall 2013 Congressional Partnership Program. Andrew S. Natsios is an executive professor and director of the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs. Natsios was most recently a Distinguished Professor […]

Military Response to Climate Change

A Changing Security Landscape – U.S. Military Response to the Next Emerging Challenge

On December 4th, retired flag and general officers explored the military response to climate change. The speakers provided insight on the DoD’s strategic planning process, and discussed how America’s security community can stay ahead of the curve to avoid surprises. As policymakers debate the causes of climate change, the security community is focused on understanding […]

CPP Alumni Dinner w/ IAEA Deputy Director General Janice Dunn Lee

DEC 4 – In recent years, leading nations have begun to focus efforts on the global nuclear governance agenda. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is responsible for assisting in the development and practical application of atomic energy for peaceful purposes and serving as the international watchdog monitoring nuclear programs to warn of any changes […]

PSA/USIP Lunch Briefing – The Budget & U.S. Foreign Affairs

NOV 20 – The Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) held a congressional staff only off-the-record, bipartisan lunch discussion on the changing budget and appropriations process over the last four years and how it has impacted the foreign affairs budget. Two formative experts, Jim Dyer and Kate […]

CPP Fall 2013: Retreat

PSA held its Fall 2013 Congressional Partnership Program (CPP) Weekend Retreat November 9-10. Keynote Speaker – Amb. Ronald Neumann, former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, Bahrain, and Algeria. Other guest speakers included: – Barbara Slavin, Atlantic Council   – Douglas Ollivant, New America Foundation   – William Pomeranz, Woodrow Wilson International Center   – Stephen Grummon, […]

Off-the-Record with former Ambassador to the UN Donald McHenry

PSA held a special off-the-record CPP dinner with PSA Advisory Board member Donald McHenry, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. The discussion focused on Amb. McHenry’s service in the United Nations, how the U.S. can use its leadership position in the UN to advance U.S. priorities today, and the future of U.S. engagement in […]

PSA/USIP Host Ambassador Marc Grossman, former US Special Envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan

On October 22, PSA/USIP hosted a small round-table discussion with Ambassador Marc Grossman, former U.S. Special Envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan. This off-the-record event, open to select congressional staff, focused on the upcoming transition in Afghanistan and U.S. interests in the AfPak region. This was the ninth event of the PSA/USIP Congressional Briefing Series – […]