Iraq: What Congress Can Do

On November 3rd, Iraq experts Sarhang Hamasaeed of United States Institute of Peace, and Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies discussed the current situation in Iraq and what issues Congress should focus on during the upcoming change in administrations. Christopher Blanchard of the Congressional Research Services moderated the discussion. This event was the second in a three-part series on foreign policy during […]

Afghanistan

Afghanistan and Transition

On October 20th,  Andrew Wilder of United States Institute of Peace and Marvin Weinbaum of the Middle East Institute discussed the current situation in Afghanistan and what issues Congress should focus on during the upcoming change in administrations. Ken Katzman senior analyst at the Congressional Research Services moderated the discussion. This event was the second in a three-part series on foreign […]

NATO

NATO Challenges: Turkey & Ukraine

On September 12, Amb. Bill Taylor, Executive Vice President, United States Institute of Peace, and Damon Wilson, Executive Vice President, Atlantic Council, will discuss recent developments and challenges facing NATO due to recent major events. Turkey and Ukraine pose unique and potentially long-term challenges for NATO. These challenges have forced American policy-makers to grapple with […]

Saudi Counterterrorism

Off-the-Record Dinner Discussion: Saudi Arabia’s Counterterrorism Efforts

On August 22, His Highness Prince Abdullah Al-Saud, Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to the United States and Mr. Nawaf Althari, Counter-Terrorism Adviser for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Permanent Mission to the United Nations joined participants in the Congressional Partnership Program for an off-the-record discussion on Saudi Arabia’s counterterrorism efforts. Also in attendance was Prince […]

Dr. Nadia Diuk

Off-the-Record with Dr. Nadia Diuk

On August 8th, Dr. Nadia Diuk, Vice President at the National Endowment for Democracy, joined participants in the Congressional Partnership Program for an off-the-record dinner discussion on Russian foreign policy. Dr. Diuk discussed Russia’s soft and hard power approaches to global events, including propaganda and military intervention around the world. Nadia Diuk Dr. Diuk serves as […]

Colombia

Colombia & Its Neighbors: Between Peace and Chaos

On July 20, Ambassador Roger Noriega, Former Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs (2003-2005), and Virginia Bouvier, Senior Advisor for Peace Proccesses at USIP,  discussed the current state of affairs in South America. Ambassador Noreiga and Ms. Bouvier described recent advances in the Colombian peace process, the situation in Venezuela, the political and health issues in Brazil, and other issues facing South […]

Peace-building in ISIS-Ceared Areas

Peace-building in ISIS Cleared Areas

On June 29, four experts from the United States Institute of Peace discussed the current situation in Iraq and examples of reconciliation in ISIS-cleared areas. The briefing also discussed similar preparatory efforts for Ramadi and Mosul post liberation. The panelists shared their experiences in building local peace in Iraq during the past 10 years and their […]

Ambassador Taylor

Off-the-Record with Ambassador William Taylor

On May 24th, Ambassador William Taylor joined participants in the Congressional Partnership Program for an off-the-record dinner discussion on Russian actions in Ukraine. Ambassador Taylor, former Ambassador to Ukraine, also discussed the relations between the United States and Russia. William Taylor Ambassador Taylor is the executive vice president at the U.S. Institute of Peace.  Earlier, he was […]

Update on Tunisia

An Update on Tunisia

On May 3rd, Congressman Jim Kolbe, Former U.S. Congressman (R-AZ) 1985-2007, and Linda Bishai, USIP North Africa Director, provided staffers with an update on Tunisia. They discussed recent developments in Tunisian politics and security since the Arab Spring and also gave staffers a look at grass roots efforts to build peace among different factions in […]

Bob Gallucci- North Korea

Amb. Robert Gallucci Discusses Managing North Korea

Ambassador Robert Gallucci attended an off-the-record dinner with alumi from the Congressional Partnership Program, where he discussed recent developments in North Korea’s nuclear weapon program and their global implications. Ambassador Robert Gallucci (ret.) Ambassador Gallucci served as Dean of the School of Foreign Service for 13 years until he left in July 2009, to become […]