Quote of the Week:
"These are challenging times at home and around the world. We will have to work together in a bipartisan spirit and with our international partners if we are going to achieve progress and peace now and for future generations."
- Susan Collins, U.S. Senator (R-ME)
Advisory Board Interview Series - This Month ft. Lee Hamilton, U.S. Congressman (D-IN), 1965-1999JULY 2015 - Lee Hamilton, former U.S. Representative (D-IN), sits down with PSA for this month's edition of The Five Minute Forum. Congressman Hamilton is a PSA Co-founder and Director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University. He previously served as Vice Chair of the 9/11 Commission and Chairman of both the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
Click Here for the full interview on these and other topics.
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. Last week, PSA released a strong bipartisan statement endorsing the use of the U.S. Army Field Manual for detainee interrogations. (June 16, 2015)
STATEMENT RELEASE: Bipartisan Leaders Call for Upholding Policy Reform & Oversight on U.S. Interrogation ActivitiesWashington, DC - Today, Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) released its newest bipartisan statement on U.S. interrogation policy, signed by twenty Republican and Democratic national security experts. The statement asserts that the United States detainee interrogation policy can live up to American values and, at the same time, protect U.S. national security. The statement aims to garner support in Congress to actively, effectively oversee America's intelligence community to ensure adherence to standards set in the U.S. Army Field Manual on Human Intelligence Collector Operations. (June 11, 2015)
Advisory Board Interview Series - Ft. Robert C. "Bud" McFarlane, National Security Advisor (1983-1985)JUNE 2015 - PSA is excited to launch our newest initiative: The Five Minute Forum - a periodic interview series with members of PSA's bipartisan Advisory Board. This month, we sat down with The Honorable Robert C. "Bud" McFarlane, National Security Advisor (1983-1985), to discuss a wide array of issues including: the Gulf Cooperation Council, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and U.S. global leadership.
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The Iran Forum Series JULY 23 - The Iran Nuclear Deal: Pitfalls and Promises: Please join us at the Wilson Center for the fifth event in the Iran Forum series.
As international negotiators attempt to find diplomatic solutions to disputes over Iran's nuclear program, an unprecedented coalition of eight Washington think tanks are hosting the fifth event in a series of public and Capitol Hill educational briefings on the challenges facing these men and women at the table with Iran. The coalition includes the U.S. Institute of Peace, RAND, the Woodrow Wilson Center, the Arms Control Association, the Center for a New American Security, the Stimson Center, the Partnership for a Secure America, the Ploughshares Fund, and staff from the Brookings Institution and the Center for Non-Proliferation Studies.
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Beyond Ukraine: Addressing Implications for NATO, Europe, and U.S.-Russia Relations JULY 20 - Beyond Ukraine: Addressing Implications for NATO, Europe, and U.S.-Russia Relations
While much of the policy debate around the conflict in Ukraine has been focused on short-term solutions such as providing lethal military aid, less attention has been paid to the broader security implications across Eastern Europe and the overall role of NATO in the conflict. This event will address why the conflict in Ukraine matters beyond immediate military and humanitarian intervention and will provide recommendations on the future of U.S. policy toward Russia.
Outlooks on Burma: Democracy, Human Rights, and Regional Significance JUNE 11 - PSA and USIP hosted an off-the-record discussion for Congressional staff on current developments in Burma, the upcoming November 2015 elections, and the future of U.S.-Burma relations. Speakers included Priscilla Clapp, former Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Burma (1999-2002); Susan Hayward, Interim Director of Religion and Peacebuilding at USIP's Center for Governance, Law and Society; and Walter Lohman, Director of the Asian Studies Center at the Heritage Foundation and former Senior Vice President and Executive Director at the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council.
Spring 2015 CPP RetreatMAY 16-17 - PSA Congressional Partnership Program participants joined an all-star group of foreign policy and national security experts for a weekend of thought provoking discussions and bipartisan team-building. Speakers included:David Sanger, Amb. James Jeffrey, and Adam Isacson
CPP Alumni Dinner with Amb. Zalmay Khalilzad (ret.)APRIL 8 - Amb. Zalmay Khalilzad, former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Afghanistan and the United Nations, joined PSA to reflect on his experiences at the highest levels of government and discuss current international challenges facing policymakers. This was a closed event for CPP alumni.
On the Ground in Egypt & UAEMAR 9 - PSA's Dr. Graeme Bannerman, PSA Board member and former Senate Foreign Relations Committee Staff Director, shared insight and information from his recent travels to Egypt and UAE.
Calamity in Greece & the EurozoneFEB 18 - PSA's Ambassador Tom Miller, PSA Board member and former U.S. Ambassador to Greece, discussed implications of Greece's recent election and economic challenges in southern Europe. This was a closed event for CPP alumni.
Spring 2015 CPP Dinner with Dr. Richard SolomonJUNE 22 - PSA hosted Dr. Richard Solomon, former President of the United States Institute of Peace, for an off-the-record dinner with the Spring 2015 class of the Congressional Partnership Program.
PSA/Harvard Congressional Staff Negotiation Training
The Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) and Harvard Law School?s Program on Negotiation (PON) have teamed up to create a first-of-its-kind intensive five-week negotiation program for foreign policy and national security staff on Capitol Hill. This initiative, titled The Capitol Leaders Negotiation Program, is designed to equip congressional staff with a foundation of knowledge on negotiation and consensus-building strategies that will help participants develop cross-party solutions to seemingly intractable issues.
*Alex Braha is a Senior Associate at Andreae & Associates in Washington, DC, where she focuses on political and security issues in Africa and the Middle East. She received her M.A. in International Security from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.
The beginning of this month saw glimmers of hope quickly turn back to stalemate with the UN-led negotiations to solve the crisis in Libya. July began with Abdullah al-Thinni, the prime minister for the internationally recognized government currently in power in Tobruk, proclaiming his hopes that a peace deal could be signed at the latest round of talks. This was followed a few days later by the refusal of the rival government in Tripoli to show at the peace talks, expressing their rejection of the UN proposal and suggested amendments from the Tobruk government. The latest iteration of a peace plan is the fourth draft undertaken by UN envoy Bernadino Leon, and the closest he has been to consensus. But with the last minute refusal by the Tripoli government, how many more chances remain to get a deal?
There is a lot at stake for an agreement. There has been a surge of Islamic State-linked terrorist incidents in the region, including most recently the attack on 40 tourists at a Read Article
Robert C. “Bud” McFarlane served as President Ronald Reagan’s National Security Advisor from 1983-1985, and is a member of PSA’s distinguished Advisory Board. This post originally appeared in the Washington Times.?
In 2009, as intelligence reports confirmed that Iran ? the world?s leading state-sponsor of terrorism ? had resumed its nuclear weapons development program, the efforts of American policy officials to reverse it focused first on Iranian vulnerabilities. What critical commodity or service essential to daily life in Iran might be restricted by sanctions and thereby influence the government of Iran to change course? It didn?t take long to identify such a strategic commodity: gasoline.
Paradoxically, although Iran has very substantial oil reserves, years ago it adopted the practice of selling its crude to foreign refiners who would provide gasoline and other petroleum products back to Tehran. Consequently, a successful allied effort to restrict the export to Iran of gasoline and other consumables ? and, of course, to prohibit financial institutions from enabling such transactions ? would surely get the attention of Iranian leaders.
At that point something unusual happened in Washington. An experienced group of outside national security ..
Lee H. Hamilton is a Distinguished Scholar, Indiana University School of Global and International Studies; Professor of Practice, IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs; Chairman, Center on Congress at Indiana University. He served as U.S. Representative from Indiana’s 9th Congressional District from 1965-1999.
He is a co-founder of the?Partnership?for a Secure America and sits on the PSA Advisory Board.
We routinely slam each other’s records on human rights. We accuse them of stealing commercial secrets, as we unabashedly acknowledge our own attempts to uncover security secrets. We debate which of our systems of government — capitalism or communism — truly works best, and we squabble over our respective responsibilities in addressing the potential catastrophic impact of climate change.
So goes the relationship between the U.S. and China. Ours is the most important bilateral relationship in the world and one that continues to change rapidly as China rises to the status of a major regional power. The rest of the international community watches this relationship carefully and understands the importance of it. Indeed, it has become clear that almost every one of the world’s problems become easier to solve if our relationship is on solid footing.