On April 10th, South Sudan experts Ambassador Princeton Lyman and Susan Stigant, of the United States Institute of Peace discussed the current situation in South Sudan and what Congress can do to stop the spread of famine and genocide
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On March 22nd, Partnership for a Secure America hosted an experts briefing on how the IAEA can enhance its activities in Nuclear Security and Technical Cooperation. Speakers included David Waller, Former Deputy Director General, IAEA and James Casterton, Former Director, International Safeguards Division, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. This off-the-record briefing focused on the findings of a recent report coordinated by PSA and conducted by former ambassadors to and senior officials of the IAEA reflecting their analysis and diverse views of the world’s deadliest materials, future scenarios, and policy recommendations.
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On March 20th, Partnership for a Secure America and American Academy of Diplomacy hosted a bipartisan, private dinner to discuss American perspectives on foreign policy and national security priorities today. Ambassadors Robert Beecroft, U.S. Ambassador to Egypt (2014-2017), Iraq (2012-2014), Jordan (2008-2011); Ronald Neumann, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan (2005-2007), Bahrain (2001-2004), Algeria (1994-1997); and Tom Pickering, Under Secretary for Political Affairs (1997-2000), U.S. Ambassador to Russia (1993-1996), India (1992-1993), United Nations (1989-1992), Israel (1985-1988), El Salvador (1983-1985), Nigeria (1981-1983), Jordan (1974-1978) joined the dinner discussion. This off-the-record event was a conversation focused on helping the American Academy of Diplomacy’s retired diplomats hear the perspectives of different constituencies as part of a larger effort to assess U.S. voter priorities.
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On March 13th, Partnership for a Secure America, the United States Institute of Peace, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars hosted an experts briefing on future trends in extremism and policy responses. Panelists included Hassan Hassan, Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy; Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies; and Frederic Wehrey, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. This off-the-record briefing focused on the findings of a recent report dissecting the world’s deadliest movements, their strategies, future scenarios and policy considerations.
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On February 8th, Ambassador Bill Taylor, Executive Vice President of the U.S. Institute of Peace and former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine discussed the foreign policy and national security challenges facing the United States in 2017
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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 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.
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Several of the participants in a 17-member international working group convened by Partnership for a Secure America briefed the diplomatic community in Vienna on the group’s study about how the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) could work with non-state partners to enhance funding for the two activities of the IAEA that are traditionally under-funded: nuclear security and technical cooperation projects.
The working group, composed of former ambassadors to and senior officials of the Agency, concluded that the IAEA must develop a comprehensive fundraising strategy with strong support from the IAEA Director General, it should build a global leadership team that includes corporate leaders with a strategic interest in the Agency’s work, and it should develop its public face as have some other agencies in the UN family such as UNICEF.
Ambassador John Bernhard, former Permanent Representative of Denmark to the IAEA, discussed the Working Group’s conclusion that as the IAEA’s programs expand, its resources must also grow. The Agency should devise a fundraising strategy that can drive resource growth, and the strategy must receive the Director General’s commitment.The IAEA’s peer UN organization, UNICEF, has built a powerful brand through voluntary contributions that the IAEA can seek to emulate.
James Casterton, former Nuclear Counsellor at the Canadian Mission in Vienna, elaborated on the need for the Agency to enhance its brand and its ability to be a good partner for potential donors. The Agency must position itself so that it can match its objectives to those of potential donors, and it should explore ways to measure the impact of donations.
Dr. Massoud Samiei, former Programme Director for the Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT), discussed lessons he learned while leading the IAEA’s PACT project. He observed that there are some very simple steps that the Agency can take that will allow it to accept funds from nontraditional sources, such as streamlining the process for giving donations to the Agency in cash or with a credit card.
Dr. Roger Howsley, the co-founder and Executive Director of the World Institute for Nuclear Security, noted that the Agency could benefit from serious consideration of the experience of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). which implemented mandatory minimum aviation security standards, and actually made these standards profitable by partnering with firms offering aviation security certifications. The Agency, Dr. Howsley noted, could use a similar approach to nuclear security standards and training.
After the presentation, the four panelists engaged with members of the diplomatic community present in a question-and-answer session.
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On September 14th, congressional staff met with former Acting Prime Minister of Moldova, Ambassador Natalia Gherman for an off-the-record round table discussion. Amb. Gherman is an official candidate for United Nations Secretary-General in the 2016 election. She discussed her United Nations campaign platform and her perspective on reforming the United Nations among other important issues.
Ambassador Natalia Gherman
Ambassador Gherman has served for the past three years as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova. In June-July 2015 she was Acting Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova. Ambassador Gherman is a career diplomat. Her leadership qualities and excellent negotiation skills are highly appreciated in her own country and internationally.
Ambassador Gherman began her long career in service to her country in 1991 as the Second and then the First Secretary for the Department of International Organizations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Moldova. From 1994-2002, Ambassador Gherman served in various government positions including Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Agencies and Deputy Head of the Mission of Moldova to NATO.
From 2006-2009, Ambassador Gherman established the diplomatic presence of her country in the Nordic region, serving as first resident Moldovan Ambassador to the Kingdom of Sweden, Kingdom of Norway, and the Republic of Finland. She then Served as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration from 2009-2013.
In 2013, Ambassador Gherman was honored with dual role of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration. In June-July 2015, Ambassador Gherman was the Acting Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova.
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On September 12, Amb. Bill Taylor, Executive Vice President, United States Institute of Peace, and Damon Wilson, Executive Vice President, Atlantic Council, will discuss recent developments and challenges facing NATO due to recent major events
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