PSA Welcomes New Scoville Fellow Yousef Bashir

Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) is happy to announce the addition of Yousef Bashir to the PSA Staff. Mr. Bashir has been selected as a Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellow for the spring of 2016.
“I am always in favor of anyone who promotes cooperation between different parties,” said Yousef “and PSA embodies collaboration and harmony.”
Born in Gaza, Yousef holds a B.A. in International Affairs from Northeastern University and an M.A. in Coexistence and Conflict from Brandeis University. Mr. Bashir will be working on PSA’s congressional briefing series on international conflict resolution and prevention, bipartisan climate security efforts, Capitol Hill negotiation training, and a variety of other initiatives. His experience resolving conflicts includes partaking in the Seeds of Peace and Kids 4 Peace programs. He is an advocate for peace and tolerance, and has been featured in many media outlets such as NPR and the Washington Post.
“Yousef brings a unique perspective on conflict resolution, and we are ecstatic to welcome him to the PSA team,” said Executive Director, Nathan Sermonis.
The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship was established in 1987 to provide recent university and grad school graduates with opportunities to explore key peace and security issues from a Washington perspective. Fellows are chosen twice a year by the fellowship’s Board of Directors from a highly competitive field of applicants. During their fellowships, Scoville Peace Fellows work with one of 25 host organizations in the D.C. community on a wide range of issues, including, but not limited to, arms control, conflict resolution, human rights, civil society programs, and environmental security. Fellows have gone on to complete their graduate studies and work on a variety of issues across the spectrum of peace and security in public-interest organizations, the federal government, academia, and the media.
The fellowship was named after Dr. Herbert (Pete) Scoville, Jr., who was a nuclear arms control activist both in government and private life and who encouraged young people to become involved in arms control and related topics. More information on the Scoville Peace Fellowship can be found at