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.
PSA held its Fall 2013 Congressional Partnership Program (CPP) Weekend Retreat November 9-10. Keynote Speaker – Amb. Ronald Neumann, former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, Bahrain, and Algeria.
Other guest speakers included:
- – Barbara Slavin, Atlantic Council
- – Douglas Ollivant, New America Foundation
- – William Pomeranz, Woodrow Wilson International Center
- – Stephen Grummon, Former National Security Council Director for Persian Gulf/South Asian Affairs
- – Christos Kyrou, Center for International Relations
The CPP is for Congressional staff interested in generating dialogue and developing the skills and relationships required to advance bipartisanship on national security and foreign policy issues. Through policy seminars and networking activities, this unique program aims to equip the next generation of foreign policy and security experts to respect differences, build common ground and achieve US national interests. Learn more at www.psaonline.org/cpp.
PSA held a special off-the-record CPP dinner with PSA Advisory Board member Donald McHenry, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. The discussion focused on Amb. McHenry’s service in the United Nations, how the U.S. can use its leadership position in the UN to advance U.S. priorities today, and the future of U.S. engagement in intergovernmental organizations.
This event was held as part of the Fall 2013 Congressional Partnership Program. To learn more about the program, please visit www.psaonline.org/cpp.
Donald F. McHenry, US Ambassador to the UN 1979-81
Donald F. McHenry served as Ambassador and U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations from September 1979 until January 20, 1981.
As chief United States representative to the United Nations, he also served as a member of President Carter’s Cabinet. At the time of his appointment, Ambassador McHenry was Ambassador and U.S. Deputy Representative to the UN Security Council, a position to which he was appointed in March 1977.
Ambassador McHenry has studied, taught and worked primarily in the fields of foreign policy and international law and organizations. He joined the U.S. Department of State in 1963 and served eight years in various positions related to U.S. foreign policy. In 1966 he received the Department’s Superior Honor Award. In 1971, while on leave from the Department, he was a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C. and an International Affairs Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, New York. In 1973, after leaving the State Department, he joined the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C. as a project director in Humanitarian Policy Studies. In 1976 he served as a member of President Carter’s transition staff at the State Department before joining the U.S. Mission to the UN.
During his career, Ambassador McHenry represented the United States in a number of international fora and as the U.S. negotiator on the question on Namibia. He served as Presidential Envoy to Nigeria; a member of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s eminent persons mission to Algeria; and, leader of a consulting mission on Senegal elections.
Activity after public service
Ambassador McHenry is a former member of the Board of Governors of the American Stock Exchange, the Board of Directors of Fleet Boston Financial, GlaxoSmithKline, AT&T, International Paper, the Council of Foreign Relations, the Board of Trustees of the Ford Foundation, the Johnson Foundation, the National Institute for Dispute Resolution, Mount Holyoke College, Mayo Foundation, and the World Peace Foundation.
Ambassador McHenry has taught at Southern Illinois, Howard, American and Georgetown Universities. He is the author of Micronesia: Trust Betrayed (Carnegie Endowment, 1975) and numerous other articles published in professional journals and newspapers.
Ambassador McHenry is currently a Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.
Memberships and Affiliations
- Board Director of the Coca-Cola Company
- Chairman of the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Fund
- Chairman Emeritus of Africare
- Director of the Institute for International Education, Illinois State University Foundation
- Director of The American Assembly
- Director, the American Ditchley Foundation
- Director, the Peterson Institute For International Economics
- Honorary Director, The Brookings Institution
- Member of Board of Governors of Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt Institute
- Member of Institute for International Economics
- Editorial Board Member of Foreign Policy Magazine
- Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
- Trustee Emeritus of Columbia University
- Trustee Emeritus of Mayo Foundation
- Senior Advisor to the National Democratic Institute
- Advisor to the Women’s Foreign Policy Group
- Advisor to the Washington Centre
On October 22, PSA/USIP hosted a small round-table discussion with Ambassador Marc Grossman, former U.S. Special Envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan. This off-the-record event, open to select congressional staff, focused on the upcoming transition in Afghanistan and U.S. interests in the AfPak region.
Two participants in Partnership for a Secure America’s Congressional Partnership Program hosted a discussion with Professor John Bailey, Georgetown University, Department of Government and School of Foreign Service Director, Mexico Project and Iñigo Guevara, Mexican writer and analyst specializing in Latin American defense and security issues; former adviser to Mexico’s Office of the National Security Council. The subject of the briefing was developments in the U.S.-Mexico security relationship since the election of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.
This event was held on Monday, September 30th.
Professor John Bailey
Prof. Bailey has taught at Georgetown University since 1970. Following study and fieldwork in Peru and Colombia, his research since the late 1970s focused largely on Mexico. His sabbatical leaves in Mexico include the Instituto Nacional de Administracion Publica (1979), El Colegio de Mexico (1985), and the Universidad de Nuevo Leon (Monterrey; 1991). He has published articles and book chapters on a variety of policy issues in Mexican politics, including agriculture, public budgeting, decentralization, education, electoral reform, government-business relations and social security. During 1980-90 he directed the Mexico Seminar at the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute. Most recently he has concentrated on issues of national and public security in the bilateral relationship and in the Western Hemisphere more broadly. He is currently completing a book about “security traps” and democratic governance. Professor Bailey has chaired the Government Department (1987-90) and directed the Latin American Studies Program (1972-74; 1994-96). He received an “Honored Faculty” award from the School of Foreign Service in 2002 for excellence in teaching.
Mr. Iñigo Guevara Moyano
Mr. Moyano is a Mexican writer and analyst specializing in Latin American defense and security issues. He is a former advisor to Mexico’s Office of the National Security Council and a former head of statistical analysis at a State-level law enforcement agency in Mexico. Mr. Moyano is a member of the Collective for the Analysis of Security for Democracy (CASEDE), the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), where he contributes to the Military Expenditure and Arms Transfer projects. In Washington, DC, he has lectured at the Brookings Institution, Georgetown University, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute (FSI), Council of the America’s (COA), Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF), and Committee on Hemispheric Security of the Organization of American States (OAS). Mr. Moyano’s focus is on armed forces’ policy, structure, and the procurement of equipment, infrastructure, and technology. Mr. Moyano is the author of Latin American Fighters (HARPIA, 2009), a history of jet fighters and armed jet trainers in service with Latin American air arms since 1947, and has published over 50 articles in academic journals and specialized magazines. Mr. Moyano holds a Certification in Administration of Public Security from the Instituto de Administracion Publica de Queretaro (IAPQ), a bachelor’s degree in international trade (LIN 00) from the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) in Mexico, a master’s degree in international security from Georgetown University, and completed the Strategy and Defense Policy course presented by the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies (CHDS) at National Defense University.
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.
PSA and USIP offered Congressional staff a chance to speak with on-the-ground conflict resolution professionals in countries such as Afghanistan, Libya, Iraq, Burma, Israel/Palestine, the Sudans, and more.
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 on national security and foreign policy issues. Through policy seminars and networking activities, this unique program aims to equip the next generation of foreign policy and security experts to respect differences, build common ground and achieve US national interests. For information on PSA’s Congressional Partnership Program, please click here.
On July 29, two participants in Partnership for a Secure America’s Congressional Partnership Program hosted an off-the-record discussion with Ambassador Ronald E. Neumann to share his observations and insights following his recent trip to Afghanistan. This conversation discussed a responsible path forward in Afghanistan.
Ronald E. Neumann
Formerly a Deputy Assistant Secretary Ronald E. Neumann served three times as Ambassador; to Algeria, Bahrain and finally to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan from July 2005 to April 2007. Before Afghanistan, Mr. Neumann, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, served in Baghdad from February 2004 with the Coalition Provisional Authority and then as Embassy Baghdad’s principal interlocutor with the Multinational Command, where he was deeply involved in coordinating the political part of military action. Prior to working in Iraq, he was Chief of Mission in Manama, Bahrain (2001-2004). Before that, Ambassador Neumann served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Near East Affairs (1997-2000), where he directed the organization of the first separately-funded NEA democracy programs and also was responsible for the bureau’s work in developing the North African Economic Initiative for Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria. Before that assignment, he was Ambassador to Algeria (1994 to 1997) and Director of the Office of Northern Gulf Affairs (Iran and Iraq; 1991 to 1994).
Earlier in his career, he was Deputy Chief of Mission in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and in Sanaa in Yemen, Principal Officer in Tabriz, Iran and Economic/Commercial Officer in Dakar, Senegal. His previous Washington assignments include service as Jordan Desk officer, Staff Assistant in the Middle East (NEA) Bureau, and Political Officer in the Office of Southern European Affairs. Ambassador Neumann is the author of The Other War: Winning and Losing in Afghanistan (Potomac Press, 2009), a book on his time in Afghanistan. He is the author of a number of monographs and articles. At the Academy he has focused particularly on efforts to expand State and USAID personnel to enable these institutions to carry out their responsibilities. Ambassador Neumann speaks some Arabic and Dari as well as French. He received State Department Senior Foreign Service pay awards in 2004, 2003, and 1999 as well as individual Superior Honor Awards in 1993 and 1990.
He served as an Army infantry officer in Viet Nam and holds a Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal and Combat Infantry Badge. In Baghdad, he was awarded the Army Outstanding Civilian Service Medal. He earned a B.A. in history and an M.A. in political science from the University of California at Riverside. He is married to the former M. Elaine Grimm. They have two children.
The Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) held an off-the-record, bipartisan group discussion with former Ambassador Johnnie Carson,