Civil Non-Violent Resistance: Why it Works and Why it Matters

Dr. Maria Stephan, Senior Policy Fellow at the US Institute of Peace, and two prominent activists who led civil resistance campaigns in conflict zones discussed the importance of non-violent resistance, what makes these campaigns successful and what Congress can do to ensure their success. Dr. Maria J. Stephan Dr. Maria J. Stephan is a senior policy […]

Bipartisan Senate Majority Votes for Strict Guidelines on U.S. Interrogation Policy

Today, the United States Senate voted – by a bipartisan majority of 78 to 21 – to require all employees and agents of the U.S. government to follow interrogation guidelines and techniques outlined in the U.S. Army Field Manual on Human Intelligence Collector Operations. The legislation – offered as an amendment to the National Defense […]

Protecting U.S. Security, Upholding American Values

The United States detainee interrogation policy can live up to American values and, at the same time, protect our national security. This policy, supported by overwhelmingly bipartisan legislation in 2005, states: “No individual in the custody or under the physical control of the U.S. Government, regardless of nationality or physical location, shall be subject to […]

Off-the-Record with Michael Morell, Acting CIA Director (ret.)

February 9th: Michael Morell, former Acting Director of the Central Intelligence Agency joined alumni of PSA’s Congressional Partnership Program (CPP) for a discussion on America’s critical national security and foreign policy challenges ahead. This was be an off-the-record event for alumni of the Congressional Partnership Program (CPP). MICHAEL MORELL Michael Morell, the recently retired Deputy […]

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 […]

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 […]

PSA/USIP Host Tara Sonenshine, former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs

On September 17th, the Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) hosted a bipartisan discussion for congressional staff only with Tara Sonenshine, the former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. This discussion will focus on how U.S. policymakers make use of public diplomacy to […]

Off-the-Record with USAID Administrator Raj Shah

The Partnership for a Secure America hosted a morning at USAID to learn about how the Agency’s programs impact U.S. foreign policy and national security interests abroad. Speakers included USAID Administrator Raj Shah. The Congressional Partnership Program is for Congressional staff interested in generating dialogue and developing the skills and relationships required to advance bipartisanship […]

A Conversation with Ambassador Thomas Pickering

PSA and USIP held a discussion with Ambassador Thomas Pickering on Capitol Hill to discuss current events facing American foreign policymakers in an increasingly challenging world on March 8th. Ambassador Thomas Pickering is Vice Chairman of Hills & Co., International Consultants, having retired in 2006 as a Boeing senior vice president for International Relations and […]