|An Agenda for Reform|
USAID Administrator Henrietta Fore spoke last week on the future of US Foreign Aid: "We've recently seen several significant reports on the future of foreign assistance. I am encouraged by the consensus that's emerging. Collectively, these reports make a bipartisan case for increased investments and a modernized aid structure to reflect our current world."
|Foreign Policy Press Conference|
PSA Board Member Bud McFarlane and Executive Director Matt Rojansky discussed the Secure America Challenge with reporters in a call-in press conference on Thursday, January 31. Click here to listen to the discussion.
|Challenges for the next President|
Lee Hamilton describes the daunting foreign policy challenges facing America's next leader: "...To protect and promote America's interests, the next president needs to negotiate these myriad challenges. He or she must build a strong team in the government and, more important, build strong support across the country to be successful."
|A Failing State?|
The Afghan Study Report,co-chaired by PSA Board Member Thomas Pickering, warns that Afghanistan is at risk of becoming a failed state because of deteriorating international support and growing militant violence. It is a follow-on effort to the work of the Iraq Study Group -- a congressionally mandated panel and the first major bipartisan U.S. assessment of the Iraq war since the 2003 invasion.
|Perceptions of 9/11|
The lack of foreign policy focus in the 2008 elections (as well as Rudy Giuliani's recent withdrawl) have illuminated the fatigue voters feel towards the subject of 9/11 and US counterterrorism strategy. PSA, led by former 9/11 Commission members, seeks to remind the public that the threat of nuclear terrorism is still very real and ongoing.
|Mukasey's Plea To Congress|
In front of the Senate Intelligence Committee Wednesday, Attorney General Mukasey urged Congress to pass the bipartisan bill on surveillance activities which he calls "vital to our national security efforts."
|The Millennium Challenge |
In a report being issued this week, Oxfam voices concerns about the MCC's long-term security, which is dependent on strong bipartisan support from Congress in 2008.
|Towards a Nuclear Free World|
For the first time since the 1960's, a call for the elimination of nuclear weapons comes not from the left, but from a strong centrist base in Washington, as an overwhelming majority of former top national security officials succeed in raising bipartisan support for a new nuclear strategy.
A bipartisan group of House lawmakers condemned the assassination of Benazir Bhutto Tuesday, in the first formal congressional response toward the Pakistani government since her death.
|White House Offers $123m in Weaponry to Saudi Arabia|
The Bush administration offered $123m in "smart bomb" weaponry to Saudi Arabia this Monday. The deal has come under fire from both Democrats and Republicans, who doubt Riyadh has cooperated fully with the US counter-terrorism effort
|US Foreign Aid to Jordan Rises 44% in 2008|
The US Ambassador to Jordan stated last Friday "Jordan is among our strongest partners and closest friends. This increased level of assistance shows the bipartisan support in America for the difficult choices Jordan has made in its home-grown reform efforts."
|The 2008 Candidates On Pakistan|
Pakistan has offered candidates a challenging theoretical test as Iowa kicks off the state-by-state contests that will determine the Republican and Democratic candidates facing off in the November presidential election.
|Destruction of CIA Tapes Raises Bipartisan Concerns|
The Justice Department and the CIA's inspector general have launched a preliminary inquiry into the controversial destruction of the tapes, which critics charge was an effort to conceal harsh, possibly illegal interrogations.
|India's Halt to Burma Arms Sales May Pressure Junta|
Last week, a bipartisan group of 48 senators, led by Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.), signed a letter to Bush urging him to support an international arms embargo against Burma, in the form of a U.N. Security Council resolution
|The Civilian Reserve Corps|
Senator Richard Lugar and Secretary of State Rice urge the Senate to authorize the creation of a US Civilian Corps, which would work with the military on post-conflict stabilization and reconstruction projects. The concept has already felt the overwhelming support of the president, a bipartisan majority of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the State Department, and both the civilian and military leadership of the Pentagon.
|HELPing Foreign Aid |
On Monday, a Congressionally mandated, bipartisan group of foreign aid experts published their commissioned report on the deficiences of the current US foreign affairs structure. This report urges the White House to radically overhaul the State Department and create a super-sized international affairs agency to meet overseas challenges.
|Peru Trade Agreeement|
``With the strong votes by both chambers of Congress, we are sending a strong signal to the world that the United States is regaining its bipartisan footing on trade policy,'' said U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab.
President Bush has signed the energy bill passed yesterday by Congress, boosting auto fuel economy for the first time in 32 years. The bill passed the House 314-100, and was approved by the Senate last week.
|US-India Civil Nuclear Agreement|
The overwhelming bipartisan support for the U.S.-India Civilian Nuclear Agreement that Bush signed last December reflected the consensus of American foreign policy strategists that India will be one of America's most crucial partners in the 21st century. Less than a year later,negotiations have stalled, in part due to the U.S. administration's preoccupation with Iraq. Can cooperation in Washington jump start progress?