PSA Advisory Board

Madeleine AlbrightSecretary of State 1997-2001Howard BakerSenator (R-TN) 1967-85Samuel BergerNational Security Advisor 1997-2001William CohenSecretary of Defense 1997-2001Paula DobrianskyUndersecretary of State 2001-09Slade GortonSenator (R-WA) 1981-87, 1989-2001Lee HamiltonCongressman (D-IN) 1965-99 Gary HartSenator (D-CO) 1975-87Rita HauserChair, International Peace Institute 1992-presentCarla HillsUS Trade Representative 1989-93 Nancy Kassebaum BakerSenator (R-KS) 1978-97Thomas KeanGovernor, New Jersey 1982-90, 9/11 Commission ChairJohn LehmanSecretary of the Navy 1981-87Robert McFarlaneNational Security Advisor 1983-85Donald McHenryAmbassador to UN 1979-81 Sam NunnSenator (D-GA) 1972-96William PerrySecretary of Defense 1994-97Thomas PickeringUndersecretary of State 1997-2000George ShultzSecretary of State 1982 - 1989Frances TownsendHomeland Security Advisor 2004-08John WhiteheadDeputy Secretary of State 1985-88Frank WisnerUndersecretary of State 1992-93

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Quote of the Day: "The issues we confront will not be resolved by the policies put forth in party platforms that are filled with the polemics of folks who wish to shout from the corners of the American field of play. They will be resolved by leaders who are willing to sit down with their counterparts and - without compromising their core values or purposes - work out agreements that move our nation forward."

- Former Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH)
Upcoming Events

PSA/USIP Congressional Briefing Series - topics on International Conflict Resolution and Prevention The PSA/USIP Congressional Briefing Series - topics on International Conflict Resolution and Prevention is an educational program designed to provide congressional staff opportunities to engage with leading experts and fellow Capitol Hill staffers in bipartisan forums.
Recent Events

PSA/ASAP Panel Discussion: Afghan Elections and the Future of US-Afghan Relations BROADCAST ON C-SPAN 3

APR 7- Join PSA and ASAP for a panel discussion on the upcoming Afghan elections and their potential implications on future relations featuring Lisa Curtis Senior Research Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, Omar Samad former Afghan Ambassador to Canada and France and Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation, Jed Ober Director of Programs at Democracy International, and moderated by Caroline Wadhams Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress.

PSA/USIP Off-the-Record Briefing - Revolution/Counterrevolution: Examining Events in Ukraine and North Africa MAR 28 - PSA and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) will host Ambassador Bill Taylor (ret.) for our next off-the-record, Congressional staff discussion - Revolution/Counterrevolution: Examining Events in Ukraine and North Africa.

At the Table: Perspectives on Iran Negotiations from Two Former U.S. Negotiators FEB 7 - Video of the event available at C-SPAN R. Nicholas Burns (Former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, 2005-2008) and Robert Einhorn (Former State Department Special Advisor for Nonproliferation and Arms Control, 2009-2013) - two former U.S. negotiators on Iran - joined PSA for a bipartisan discussion on the recent international agreement with Iran, prospects for a long-term deal, and their first-hand experiences with this critical issue.

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 current negotiations and the spoilers as well as U.S.-Iran relations.

For a summary and video click here!

Iraqi Kurdistan - the other Iraq On December 9th, 2013, PSA hosted a Capitol Hill panel discussion on Iraqi Kurdistan. The relative stability of Iraqi Kurdistan's capital, the recent policy changes towards the Kurdish community, and the economic potential of the region all point to historical change for this autonomous region, including the possibility of independence.

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 Eltrich, shared their perspective on the current budget environment, the upcoming budget deadlines, and the prospects for future budgeting.
Congressional Partnership Program

R. Nicholas Burns, Fmr. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Congressional Partnership Program Off-the-Record Dinner 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.

Carol Giacomo, The New York Times, Congressional Partnership Program Off-the-Record Dinner JAN 30 - Carol Giacomo, foreign affairs and defense policy editor at The New York Times Editorial Board, joined PSA's Fall 2013 Congressional Partnership Program participants for a final off-the-record dinner. In her position on the prestigious Editorial Board of The New York Times, Giacomo is responsible for defining issues of critical global interest and leading national dialogues on foreign policy and national security matters.

Ambassador Jim Collins, Congressional Partnership Program Off-the-Record Dinner JAN 22 - Former Ambassador Jim Collins joined PSA for an off-the-record dinner with alumni of the Congressional Partnership Program. Collins, former U.S. Ambassador to Russia (1997-2001), discussed recent stumbling blocks between the U.S. and Russia and reflected on his experiences managing U.S. diplomatic relations in difficult assignments at the State Department.

Former USAID Administrator Andrew Natsios - A Conversation on U.S. Aid Reform DEC 6 - PSA hosted former USAID Administrator Andrew Natsios (2001-2006) for a Capitol Hill discussion on U.S. aid reform. This was a private event for PSA's Fall 2013 Congressional Partnership Program.

Full List of CPP Events For a full list of Congressional Partnership Program events and speakers, please visit the PSA Events Page.
Back to Bipartisanship

Back to Bipartisanship Partnership for a Secure America has created an undergraduate discussion and skills workshop for DC-area students and Capitol Hill inters! This program will provide the skills and knowledge necessary for you, our future leaders, to learn to work across the aisle. Learn to negotiate like a world class diplomat, speak like the president elect, and write communications from experienced professionals.

Back to Bipartisanships's Concluding Reception with Former Under Secretary of State Tara Sonenshine Former Under Secretary of State Tara Sonenshine joined PSA's Foreign Policy and National Security Scholars on March 27th for a reception to congratulate the scholars for their diligent work.

PRESS RELEASE: PSA Debuts Collegiate Foreign Policy and National Security Scholar Program - Back to Bipartisanship FEB 20 - Washington, D.C. - Partnership for a Secure America is pleased to announce its newest initiative to reach out to the next generation of foreign policy and national security leaders - Back to Bipartisanship, a foreign policy and national security collegiate scholar program... read the rest of the press release here.

Back to Bipartisanship Discussion and Negotiations Module MARCH 18 - PSA and veteran Capitol Hill staffers ran an interactive discussion and negotiations module on today's pressing national security issues for the Spring 2014 B2B Foreign Policy and National Security Scholars.

Private Panel Discussion with Veteran Congressional Staff March 11th - PSA's Foreign Policy and National Security Scholars were treated to a supplemental panel discussion with veteran congressional staff from both the House and the Senate.

Back to Bipartisanship Congress & Foreign Policy Workshop with Dr. Charles Stevenson MARCH 4 - PSA held a workshop on Congress and foreign policy featuring Dr. Charles Stevenson (Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies) for the Spring 2014 B2B Foreign Policy and National Security Scholars.
Climate Change, Energy, and National Security
A Changing Security Landscape: U.S. Military Response to the Next Security Challenge DEC 4 - On Wednesday, December 4th, PSA hosted a frank military panel lunch discussion with retired flag and general officers to explore the issue of climate change and national security, provide insight on DoD's strategic planning process, and discuss how America's security community can stay ahead of the curve to avoid surprises. View short video clip of four-star GEN Gordon Sullivan (Ret.), former U.S. Army Chief of Staff, comments below.


Secretary George Shultz Spoke on Capitol Hill for the First Time in 20 Years! Hosted by PSA On March 8th, Reagan former Secretary of State George Shultz (1982-89), a member of PSA's Advisory Board, spoke to a standing-room-only crowd on Capitol Hill - his first public address on Capitol Hill in 20 years. The topic of the discussion was national security, energy, and climate change. Joining PSA Executive Director, Andrew Semmel, Secretary Shultz discussed arguments for the importance of the topic and ideas to address the issue urging serious bipartisan dialogue. Read the transcript here.

Interview with VADM Dennis McGinn, Vice Chairman of CNA's Military Advisory Board, on Climate Change & National Security VADM Dennis McGinn, Vice Chair of CNA's Military Advisory Board, speaks on Sirius XM's POTUS station about the national security implications of climate change. Admiral McGinn's discussion follows on the launch of a PSA-organized open letter signed by 38 national security experts - Republicans, Democrats, and Independents - urging Washington to act on climate change to protect American national security priorities.
PSA Climate Change/National Security Roll Out Video - Capitol Hill

Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) rolled out its newest open letter on the national security threats of climate change, signed by 38 Republican, Democratic, and Independent security leaders, at a bipartisan panel event on Capitol Hill. R. James Woolsey, former Director of Central Intelligence, and Wayne Gilchrest, former Congressman (R-MD) and founder of the Congressional Climate Change Caucus, discussed the national security implications of climate change impacts abroad and offered expert insights on making progress to tackle the issue.

LETTER RELEASE: 38 Leading U.S. National Security Experts Urge Washington to Act on International Climate Change Initiatives WASHINGTON - On Feb 25th, Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) launched their newest open letter, signed by 38 Republicans, Democrats, and Independents, on the national security threats of climate change at a bipartisan panel event on Capitol Hill.

The Latest from the PSA Blog

Where Congress falls short, and where it doesn’t

Lee Hamilton is Director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years.

Where Congress falls short, and where it doesn’t

At a public gathering this year, someone asked me how I’d sum up my views on Congress. It was a good question, because it forced me to step back from worrying about the current politics of Capitol Hill and take a longer view.

Congress, I said, does some things fairly well. Its members for the most part want to serve their constituents and the country. They may be ambitious — it’s hard to be a successful politician if you’re not — but they’re not motivated primarily by personal interest. Most are people of integrity who have chosen to try to advance the national interest and are willing to work within our agitated political environment.

They also strive to reflect their constituents’ views. They’re not always successful at this — I think members of Congress tend to under-appreciate voters’ pragmatism and over-estimate their ideological purity. Still, they’re politicians: their success rests on being accessible to their constituents, understanding what they want, and aligning themselves with that interest.

For all the attractive individual qualities that members of Congress display, however, their institutional performance falls short. Talented though they are, the .. Read Article



Achieving Long-term Stability in Ukraine Is Key to Navigating Watershed Moment in East-West Relations

Lee Hamilton is a member of PSA’s Advisory Board and the director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years. This article was originally published on Huffington Post.

Achieving Long-term Stability in Ukraine Is Key to Navigating Watershed Moment in East-West Relations

In recent days, there has been no shortage of opinions about Ukraine, the escalating crisis over that country’s future and the international community’s response to Russia’s bold takeover of Crimea.

The conversation thus far has largely centered on how the U.S. and its European allies can ease the standoff over Ukraine, convince Russia to scale back the tens of thousands of troops it has reportedly amassed near Ukraine’s border and prevent a prolonged crisis in this important part of the world.

Missing from much of the discussion, though, is a frank assessment of what exactly the U.S. and its European allies seek to accomplish outside the more immediate aim of keeping the Russians out of Ukraine. That is, what is our long-term objective with regard to this troubled nation and, if there is one, is it attainable?

Make no mistake: What’s happening in Ukraine represents an extremely dangerous crisis, as alarming and precarious as any crisis of the post-Cold War .. Read Article



Common Core will benefit NJ students (Opinion)

Former Gov. Tom Kean is currently a member of PSA’s Advisory Board. He is also co-chair of the nonprofit education research and advocacy organization JerseyCAN: The New Jersey Campaign for Achievement Now. This article was originally published at NJ.com.

Common Core will benefit NJ students 

When it comes to education, New Jersey has consistently been a leader. It’s something on which we pride ourselves.

A critical part of being a great leader, however, is regularly seeking ways to do better, and this is exactly what we did in June 2010, when New Jersey adopted the Common Core State Standards, a set of benchmarks for what students should know at each grade level so they all graduate high school prepared for college and careers.

Education and business leaders in New Jersey recognized that students here and across the United States were falling behind their peers in other countries and were entering the workforce without the skills needed to be successful. As a result, they sought to adopt higher standards and place an emphasis on different skills to stay competitive in the 21st century global economy.

The Common Core represents a big shift toward higher expectations and stronger outcomes for students — one that will require time, resources and energy. But this investment is also enormously worthwhile, and we .. Read Article



The Latest From PSA

Former Reagan Adviser Urges U.S. to Counter Russia with ?Strength and Leadership?: Calls for Awakening of the West PSA Advisory Board member and former Reagan Adviser, Robert McFarlane gave remarks of Ukraine and Russia during a Foreign Policy Initiative event, which took place Thursday. McFarlane calls for an awakening of the West and to counter Russia with strength and leadership.

Stanford Graduate School of Business Climate Week - George P. Shultz on the Reality of Climate ChangePSA Advisory Board member, George P. Shultz will speak about the challenge of climate change, and the opportunities in the business, policy, and energy sectors to address it. This event is part of the Stanford Graduate School of Business ClimateWeek, an initiative planned by GSB students aimed at launching a discussion around climate issues, including how people and businesses can act on the ..

Q&A with Paula Dobriansky: Ukraine Crisis Upends International OrderPSA Advisory Board Member, Ambassador Paula Dobriansky, talks with Voice of America's Carol Castiel about he crisis in Ukraine, including the nexus between energy policy and national security

INTERVIEW/ George Shultz: U.S. should seek 'working, constructive' ties with ChinaFormer U.S. Secretary of State and current PSA Advisory Board member, George Schultz, discusses why the U.S. should develop a working and constructive relationship with China to address global issues such as climate change. However, Schultz doubts that an era will ever come when the two countries co-rule the world. In an interview with The Asahi Shimbun, Shultz, 93, predicts that China will soon ..

Stand Firm, John Kerry It's time for the secretary of state to insist on America?s position on Middle East peace PSA Advisory Board members, Congressman Lee Hamilton, Ambassador Carla Hills, and Ambassador Thomas Pickering commend Secretary of State John Kerry's efforts to renew Israeli-Palestinian talks and negotiations for a framework for a peace accord, and the strong support his initiative has received from President Barack Obama. The article was co-authored by Zbigniew Brzezinski, Frank Carlucci, and ..