PSA Expands its Board of Advisors



Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) is excited to announce the addition of five new members to our Advisory Board, Senator Evan Bayh, Senator Tom Daschle, Senator Olympia Snowe, Lieutenant General Charles W. Hooper, and Mr. Robert Zoellick. Combined, they have served over 70 years in Congress, the Executive, the military, and international organizations such as the World Bank.  All five bring a strong commitment to promoting bipartisan foreign policy. PSA is grateful for each of their commitment to bipartisan collaboration, and we are honored to have their wealth of experience added to that of our current Advisory Board Members’.

Evan Bayh is a former U.S. Senator from Indiana (1999 – 2011) two-term governor (1989 – 1997), concluding his second term as governor with an approval rating of nearly 80%.  He was first elected to public office as Secretary of State for Indiana in 1986.  As Chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council, Senator Bayh pushed for “Third Way” solutions to issues that often fall victim to partisan fighting. He has also served with numerous corporate and business entities\, as well as a lecturer at Indiana University Bloomington. Bayh He has also served on the board of the National Endowment for Democracy.

Tom Daschle has participated in the development and debate of almost every major public policy issue of the last three decades. In 1978, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served for eight years. In 1986, he was elected to the U.S. Senate and was chosen as Senate Democratic Leader in 1994. Senator Daschle is one of the longest-serving Senate Democratic leaders in history and served as both Majority and Minority Leader.  In 2007, Senator Daschle joined with former Majority Leaders George Mitchell, Bob Dole and Howard Baker to create the Bipartisan Policy Center, an organization dedicated to finding common ground on some of the pressing public policy challenges of our time. Senator Daschle serves on numerous public and private boards, including the Center for American Progress and the National Democratic Institute. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Lieutenant General Charles Hooper is recognized as one of America’s foremost soldier-diplomats and is widely respected with the Departments of State, Defense and the Intelligence Community.  With over 40 years of experience, Lieutenant General Hooper’s numerous assignments included serving as the Director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency; U.S. Defense Attaché in both China and Egypt; Senior Country Director for China, Taiwan and Mongolia Policy, Office of the Secretary of Defense; DOD strategist and planner for U.S. Africa Command; Deputy for U.S. Indo-Pacific Command; and as an instructor at the Naval Postgraduate school in Monterey. LTG Hooper’s many accomplishments began when he was commissioned as an infantryman in 1979. He holds numerous degrees from schools such as West Point, Harvard and the U.S Army War College. He is a fluent Chinese linguist and was awarded the French National Defense Medal.

Olympia Snowe is a former U.S. Representative (1979 – 1995) and Senator (1995 – 2013) from Maine. When first elected to Congress in 1978, at the age of 31, Snowe was the youngest Republican woman, and the first Greek American woman, ever elected to Congress.  She is also the first woman in American history ever to be elected to both houses of a state legislature and both houses of Congress.  Senator Snow currently is a member of the board of numerous private major American companies; is a Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center, the Board of Directors of the Commission on Presidential Debates, the Senior Advisory Committee of Harvard’s Institute of Politics, the National Institute for Civil Discourse’s Advisory Board, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission. In 2014, she founded the Olympia Snowe Women’s Leadership Institute to elevate the confidence and aspirations of high school girls and now serves as Honorary Chair of its Board of Directors.

Robert Zoellick served in the Treasury Department, State Department, and in the George H.W. Bush White House from 1985-1993. Between 1993 and 1997 he was the Executive Vice President of Fannie Mae. In 1997 he took a position with Goldman Sachs as a senior advisor and held various academic appointments. Zoellick returned to government when he was appointed the U.S. Trade Representative (2001-2005) and would go on to serve as Deputy Secretary of State (2005-2006.) In 2007, President George Bush nominated him to serve as the President of the World Bank, a position he would hold until 2012. Since leaving the role, Zoellick has served on the boards of a broad range of institutions including, the Carnegie Endowment for Peace, the German Marshall Fund, the European Institute, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.


Partnership for a Secure America Advisory Board;

Madeleine Albright (Secretary of State 1997-2001)

Evan Bayh (Senator (D-IN) 1999-2011)

William Cohen (Secretary of Defense 1997-2001)

Tom Daschle (Senator (D-SD) 1987-2005)

Paula Dobriansky (Undersecretary of State 2001-2009)

Lee Hamilton (Congressman (D-IN) 1965-1999)

Gary Hart (Senator (D-CO) 1975-1987)

Carla A. Hills (US Trade Representative 1989-1993)

General Charles W. Hooper (U.S. Army Ret.) (Lieutenant General, Former Director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency)

Jeh Johnson (Secretary of Homeland Security 2013-2017)

Nancy Kassebaum Baker (Senator (R-KS) 1978-1997)

Thomas Kean (Governor, New Jersey 1982-1990, 9/11 Commission Chair)

John Lehman ( Secretary of the Navy 1981-1987, 9/11 Commission 2003-2004)

Donald McHenry (Ambassador to UN 1979-1981)

Robert McFarlane (National Security Advisor 1983-1985)

Admiral Michael Mullen (U.S. Navy Ret.)  (Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff 2007-2011)

Sam Nunn (Senator (D-GA) 1972-1996)

Leon Panetta (Secretary of Defense 2011-2012)

William Perry (Secretary of Defense 1994-1997)

General David Petraeus (U.S. Army, Ret.) (Director of the Central Intelligence Agency 2011-2012)

Thomas Pickering (Undersecretary of State 1997-2000)

Olympia Snowe (Senator (R-ME) 1995-2013)

Frances Townsend (Homeland Security Advisor 2004-2008)

Frank Wisner (Undersecretary of Defense Policy 1993-1994)

Robert Zoellick (President of World Bank 2007-2012)




PSA-Harvard Negotiation Program 2019

Bipartisan solutions start with engagement in productive conversations, aiming to understand each other’s priorities and a willingness to find common ground. With this in mind, Partnership for a Secure America is excited to kick off its third round of the PSA-Harvard Negotiation Program, integrating new methods, case studies, and simulations into the curriculum designed specifically […]

PSA-Harvard Negotiation Program 2018


Bipartisan solutions start with engagement in productive conversations, aiming to understand each other’s priorities and a willingness to find common ground. With this in mind, Partnership for a Secure America is excited to kick off its third round of the PSA-Harvard Negotiation Program, integrating new methods, case studies, and simulations into the curriculum designed specifically for Capitol Hill audiences.

This joint program with Harvard trains congressional staff in legislative negotiation skills and strategies during two 1.5 day courses. Unlike previous training programs, this iteration is handcrafted specifically for Congressional staff to directly connect negotiation lessons to their unique workplace. Taking place this summer, the first course will use new materials designed by the Harvard Kennedy School to teach the participants legislative negotiation techniques and how such lessons can be applied to their work in the legislative arena every day. Upon the completion of the fundamentals course, the staffers will participate in an advanced lesson this winter.

The participants in the program include individuals from both sides of the aisle in both the House and the Senate.

As a joint program with the Harvard Kennedy School, the Negotiation Program is made possible in part to the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s Madison Initiative, a nonpartisan initiative supports organizations that foster bipartisan problem-solving, strive to strengthen Congress as an institution, improve campaign finance, and set the stage for negotiation and compromise in Congress.


Fundamental Negotiations Course:  August 7-8, 2018


On August 7th and 8th, the PSA-Harvard Negotiation Program met for the first course in fundamentals in the Library of Congress.  Training was led by Brian Mandell, Director of the Harvard Kennedy School Negotiation Project, and Bruce Patton, Distinguished Fellow of the Harvard Negotiation Project.


Bruce Patton- Distinguished Fellow of the  Kennedy School Negotiation Project




The first session covered the application of negotiation techniques to the high-stakes legislative environment.  Participants explored how to strategically prepare for negotiations and leverage alternative methods of communication. Instructors also evaluated examples of significant historical negotiations at the state, federal, and international level.


Brian Mandell- Director of Harvard Kennedy School Negotiation Project


Breakout Sessions: 

Throughout the program, participants applied course content to legislative simulations.  Staffers divided into bipartisan groups to practice negotiation techniques in a series of guided simulations, each varying in complexity of issues addressed and in the number of parties represented.





PSA Awarded Grant for Bipartisan Congressional Negotiation Program with Harvard University

For Immediate Release: April 27, 2018

PSA Awarded Hewlett Grant for Bipartisan Congressional Negotiation Program with Harvard Kennedy School

Washington, DC – Today, Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) announces a new grant award from the Hewlett Foundation’s Madison Initiative. This year-long grant will support PSA’s partnership with the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) to pilot an original negotiation program for Congressional staff. It will be the third PSA-Harvard negotiation course. The upcoming program will integrate new learning, case studies and simulations into the curriculum designed specifically for Capitol Hill audiences.

“We are thrilled to continue PSA’s important work on Capitol Hill thanks to this generous support from the Hewlett Foundation. At a time when partisan politics continue to challenge our national institutions and the role of Congress, bipartisan programs like this are important bridge-builders,” said Nathan Sermonis, PSA Executive Director. “Partnering with renowned experts at the Harvard Kennedy School, we aim to improve the environment for collaborative policy solutions on Capitol Hill.”

The joint program will enlist HKS faculty to pilot newly-designed course materials built in the legislative context. Unlike previous training programs, this iteration is handcrafted specifically for Congressional staff to directly connect negotiation lessons to their unique workplace.

The Hewlett Foundation’s Madison Initiative focuses on strengthening the values of U.S. democracy in this highly polarized political climate. The nonpartisan initiative supports organizations that foster bipartisan problem-solving, strive to strengthen Congress as an institution, improve campaign finance, and set the stage for negotiation and compromise in Congress.

Partnership for a Secure America is a nonprofit founded by former U.S. Representative Lee Hamilton (D-IN) and the late former U.S. Senator Warren Rudman (R-NH) to advance bipartisanship on today’s critical national security and foreign policy challenges. Leveraging the leadership of its distinguished Advisory Board, PSA has unique credibility and access to forge common ground and fashion thoughtful, fact-based policy that promotes America’s national interests.


Off-the-Record Discussion with Sec. Madeleine Albright

On December 13th,  Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State, met with alumni of the Congressional Partnership Program for an off-the-record dinner, where she discussed today’s foreign policy and national security issues.


This was a closed event for alumni of the Congressional Partnership Program.


Secretary Madeleine Albright

Madeleine Albright

Madeleine K. Albright is Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm, and Chair of Albright Capital Management LLC, an investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets. Dr. Albright was the 64th Secretary of State of the United States.

In 1997, she was named the first female Secretary of State and became, at that time, the highest ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. As Secretary of State, Dr. Albright reinforced America’s alliances, advocated for democracy and human rights, and promoted American trade, business, labor, and environmental standards abroad. From 1993 to 1997, Dr. Albright served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and was a member of the President’s Cabinet. From 1989 to 1992, she served as President of the Center for National Policy. Previously, she was a member of President Jimmy Carter’s National Security Council and White House staff and served as Chief Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Edmund S. Muskie.

Dr. Albright is a Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. She chairs both the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and the Pew Global Attitudes Project and serves as president of the Truman Scholarship Foundation. Dr. Albright serves on the Boards of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Institute and the Center for a New American Security. In 2009, Dr. Albright was asked by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen to Chair a Group of Experts focused on developing NATO’s New Strategic Concept.

Dr. Albright is the author of four New York Times bestsellers: her autobiography, Madam Secretary: A Memoir, (2003); The Mighty and the Almighty: Reflections on America, God, and World Affairs (2006); Memo to the President: How We Can Restore America’s Reputation and Leadership (2008); and Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat’s Jewel Box (2009).

Dr. Albright received a B.A. with Honors from Wellesley College, and Master’s and Doctorate degrees from Columbia University’s Department of Public Law and Government, as well as a Certificate from its Russian Institute.

PSA-Harvard Complete the 2015/2016 Program

Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) and Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation (PON) completed the second negotiation training series for foreign policy and national security staff on Capitol Hill. Through lectures and workshops, instructors from PON and PSA worked to train more effective negotiators on Capitol Hill.

The program was launched in 2014 with the first series focusing on classroom instruction. Learning negotiation vocabulary and the fundamental principles of negotiation were the focus of the classroom instruction. The 2015/2016 series built upon those skills and shifted the emphasis to individual student development. Through bipartisan small group negotiations, students applied lessons from classroom instruction to substantive policy issues. The small groups tacked issues including combating ISIS, addressing the Syrian refugee crisis, developing a U.S. cyber security policy, and deterring Russian involvement in Syria. This approach allowed students to gain greater facility with the tools and concepts of negotiation.

The program allowed students to learn from, as well as instruct, each other with the goal of making negotiation skills more natural and automatic when opportunities for deal making arise,

Participant Presentation Night

June 13— In the final session of the PSA-Harvard Negotiation Program, Robert Bordone, Director of the Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinic, reviewed the skills and steps discussed throughout the program and participants presented their final projects to the class. Throughout the program, participants have been working together in small groups made up of House and Senate staffers from both parties to identify possible solutions to a foreign policy or national security problem of their choosing.

During their presentations, the groups discussed their negotiation processes, highlighting what went well, where they ran into problems, and how they overcame them.

Robert Bordone

Robert Bordone is the Thaddeus R. Beal Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and the Founding Director of the Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program. He teaches several courses at Harvard Law School including the school’s flagship Negotiation Workshop. Bob also teaches in the Harvard Negotiation Institute and the Harvard Program on Negotiation’s Senior Executive Education seminars.

In 2007, Bob received The Albert Sacks-Paul Freund Teaching Award at Harvard Law School, presented annually to a member of the Harvard Law School faculty for teaching excellence, mentorship of students, and general contributions to the life of the Law School. He was a finalist for the same award in 2012 and 2013. In 2010 the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR) awarded Bob its Problem Solving in the Law School Curriculum Award for his innovative work in creating and building the Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program. In 2012 and 2013, Bob was selected by the graduating class as one of three Harvard Law School faculty members to deliver a “Last Lecture” to the class prior to graduation.


Richard Nephew Discusses the Iran Nuclear Agreement

On May 19, Richard Nephew, lead sanctions expert for the U.S. team negotiating with Iran, met with participants in the PSA-Harvard Negotiation Program and alumni and current participants of the Congressional Partnership Program, where he discussed applying the tools and techniques of negotiation to reach a deal. In this off-the-record dinner, Nephew discussed his role in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the negotiation process, and gave participants advice in future negotiations.


Richard Nephew

Richard Nephew served as the lead sanctions expert for the US team negotiating with Iran from August 2013 to December 2014. At the same time, he served as the principal deputy for the inaugural Coordinator for Sanctions Policy at the State Department, where he briefed senior officials on a range of sanctions policy issues–including those involving Russia, North Korea and the Islamic State. Nephew was the director for Iran at the National Security Council from 2011 to 2013, where he was responsible for the development and execution of the sanctions strategy toward Iran. He is currently a research scholar and program director at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University.

Brian Mandell Leads PSA-Harvard Negotiation Event

On April 25th, Dr. Brian Mandell returned to the PSA-Harvard Negotiation Program to continue his discussion of negotiation skills. Mandell focused on active listening and emphasized the new school approach to negotiations.

The session consisted of a presentation on negotiation skills and best practices, and also highlighted negotiation mistakes. After the lecture, participants broke into small groups to come to a resolution on foreign policy and national security issues that they face today.

Brian Mandell

Brian S. Mandell is Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, Chair of the Wexner-Israel Fellowship Program, and Director of the Harvard Kennedy School Negotiation Project. His teaching and research address the theory and practice of negotiation, emphasizing third-party facilitation and consensus building in domestic and international protracted policy disputes. He writes about contentious disputes and is completing a book on scenario planning for conflict managers and negotiation practitioners. Before coming to Harvard, Brian Mandell taught at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University in Ottawa. Previously, he was a strategic analyst for the Canadian Department of National Defense, specializing in UN peacekeeping and the implementation of arms control agreements. A Pew Faculty Fellow, a faculty member at Harvard’s Program on Negotiation (PON) and at the Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership (CPL), as well as a Senior Research Associate at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Brian Mandell holds a PhD from the University of Toronto.