Opportunities for structured diplomatic engagement between the U.S. government and DPRK’s leadership have been rare. The 1994 Agreed Framework on the 2003 Six Party Talks have been the most noteworthy meetings between the U.S. and DPRK, neither of which took place at the Head of State level. Past efforts at reaching an agreed settlement over […]
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 […]
Monday, October 22nd – Partnership for a Secure America, the Arms Control Association, and Hudson Institute held the third and final event of The Nuclear Security Forum. Alarmed by nuclear smuggling and terrorist efforts to acquire WMD, world leaders have strengthened standards to protect dangerous materials but theft, trafficking, and terrorism remain potent problems. This briefing […]
Washington, DC – Today, Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) welcomes Secretary Jeh Johnson as a member of the organization’s renowned bipartisan Advisory Board. Johnson served as the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from December 2013 to January 2017. He is widely recognized for his pragmatic leadership and is credited with building a more effective, cohesive DHS.
Prior to leading the Department of Homeland Security, Secretary Johnson served as General Counsel to the U.S. Department of Defense from 2009-2012 where he was a primary legal architect of the Obama administration’s military counterterrorism mission. From 1998 to 2001, Johnson was General Counsel of the U.S. Air Force under the Clinton Administration.
By joining the PSA Advisory Board, Johnson becomes the 23rd member of this distinguished bipartisan group.
“I am honored to join PSA’s Advisory Board,” said Johnson. “Bipartisanship is crucial to overcoming the challenges we currently face to our national security. These challenges are not partisan and solving them demands significant collaboration across the aisle. I very much believe in PSA’s mission and look forward to supporting PSA’s efforts to promote bipartisan solutions.”
“We are pleased to welcome Secretary Johnson to the PSA Advisory Board,” said Nathan Sermonis, PSA Executive Director. “Secretary Johnson’s extensive experience, notable leadership, and commitment to bipartisanship will bring new insight to our mission, and we look forward to working together.”
PSA is a nonprofit founded by former U.S. Representative Lee Hamilton (D-IN) and the late U.S. Senator Warren Rudman (R-NH) to promote bipartisanship on foreign policy and national security issues facing the country today. Utilizing the leadership of its Advisory Board, PSA has unique credibility and experience to generate space for thoughtful discussion and craft effective policy that advances America’s national interests.
On September 4th, Partnership for a Secure America held an off-the-record dinner for participants in the Congressional Partnership Program. This was the last event in the Spring 2018 Congressional Partnership Program.
Participants in the program were able to talk openly about the state of bipartisanship within Congress. The staffers also detailed the challenges of communicating U.S. foreign policy to the public. Within the discussion’s broader framework, participants discussed trade and the war in Afghanistan.
On Monday, July 30th, Partnership for a Secure America held an off-the-record roundtable dinner for alumni of the Congressional Partnership Program to discuss trade, the growing use of tariffs, and the potential for a larger trade war. The conversation focused on how the U.S. and Congress can respond to help American workers without damaging relationships with allies.
Trade and Tariffs
Beginning in 2018, President Trump imposed significant tariffs on $34 billion of Chinese imports in addition to 25% tariffs on all imported aluminium and 10% tariffs on all imported steel. Both China and close trading partners such as the European Union and Canada responded swiftly, imposing their own retaliatory tariffs on a variety of American goods. The country is divided in regards to this shift in American trade policy. These divisions – unlike with many other issues – are not necessarily partisan but are based largely on the economic prospects for various industries in the context of a trade war.
Trade Expansion Act of 1962
- Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 gives the president the unilateral authority to alter tariff levels on certain imports if an investigation by the secretary of commerce determines that these imports threaten American national security. The Trump administration cited this law as the legal authority for the imposition of new tariffs without congressional approval.
- March 2018
- President Trump announces that his administration will impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminium. U.S. stock markets fell sharply in response with the Dow Jones industrial average dropping 420 points on the same day and the NASDAQ and S&P each dropping 1.3%.
- May 2018
- President Trump applies tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from Canada, Mexico, and the European Union. These countries had initially been exempted from these barriers.
- June 2018
- President Trump releases the final list of Chinese imports that will be targeted by 25% tariffs – a total value of approximately $34 billion in goods. China immediately responds with retaliatory tariffs.
- July 25
- President Trump meets with President of the European Commission, Jean Claude Junker to negotiate a deal to avert a trade war between the United States and the European Union. In a joint press release, the two announced they would work together to remove tariffs and other trade barriers.
The Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) welcomed 30 Congressional staff members into the Summer 2018 Congressional Partnership Program (CPP) class. The program, in it’s 19th session, brings together Republican and Democratic staff to develop the skills and relationships required to advance bipartisanship on national security and foreign policy issues.
Through policy seminars, a weekend retreat, and networking activities, this program aims to equip the next generation of foreign policy and national security experts to respect differences, build common ground, and achieve U.S. national interests. The schedule will include opportunities for participants to meet with current and former public officials and other key policy experts.