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CPP Spring 2018 Retreat

On May 12th and 13th, participants in the Spring 2018 class of the Congressional Partnership Program joined foreign policy and national security experts for a weekend of thought provoking discussions and bipartisan team-building. This retreat was a great opportunity for participants to assess global challenges, explore differences, and build common ground.


Negotiation Forum

Participants heard from Ambassador Robert Gallucci who discussed his experience negotiating with the North Korean regime. Amb. Gallucci was the chief U.S. negotiator during the North Korean crisis in 1994, and he described his experience preparing for and negotiating with the North Koreans.

Featuring:

Ambassador Robert Gallucci – Former Ambassador-at-Large and Special Envoy for the U.S. Department of State


Keynote Address

The keynote address was provided by Ambassador Ryan Crocker who discussed global foreign policy challenges. Amb. Crocker explored challenges in the Middle East, opportunities to learn from history, and possibilities for congressional engagement.

Featuring:

Ambassador Ryan Crocker – Former U.S. Ambassador: Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait, and Lebanon


Breakout Sessions

Ms. Bonnie Glaser discussed the future of US-China Relations. Her remarks covered Chinese military expansion, Chinese investment in Latin America and Africa, and opportunities for the U.S. and China to work together on efforts such as counterterrorism and combating climate change.

Ms. Melinda Haring and Mr. Tom Carothers examined U.S. efforts to promote democracy abroad. The outlined success stories, opportunities for improvement, and potential models to explore when considering future efforts.

Featuring: 

Ms. Bonnie Glaser – Senior Advisor for Asia, CSIS

Ms. Melinda Haring – Editor of the UkraineAlert Blog at the Atlantic Council and Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute

Mr. Thomas Carothers – Senior Vice Preidesnt for Studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

 


National Security Council Simulation

Participants engaged in a National Security Council Simulation led by Mr. Robert Sheldon to advance strategic negotiation and communication skills.

Featuring:

Mr. Robert Sheldon – Director of Government Technology Strategy at CrowdStrike

CPP Spring 2018: Strategic Negotiation and Communication Training

On April 23rd and 24th, participants in the Spring 2018 Congressional Partnership Program attended a training session on negotiation and communication skills led by Randy Kutz, founder of Negotiation Training 360. The session focused on enhancing key negotiation and active communication skills. Participants practiced collaborative negotiation tactics in a simulation after the lecture.


Randy Kutz

Randy KutzWith over 30 years of business, marketing, training and leadership experiences from a cross-section of industries, Randy Kutz has a passion for helping others to succeed in their professional and personal life. His training style cultivates a deeper sense of purpose and conviction for his audience that is contagious. Consistent testimonies demonstrate that those who went through Randy’s training walk away with real world knowledge they can apply immediately in their current negotiations, and a renewed energy for working in the people side of their business.

Prior to founding Negotiation Training 360, Randy was the Vice President of Operations and a national trainer with Negotiation Expertise, LLC and The Real Estate Negotiation Institute. He has logged over 1,200 training hours and taught over 3,000 professionals on the art, science, and application of negotiation. Randy also spent time in the trenches, learning to negotiate in contexts with significant complexities and seemingly intractable, high stakes situations. Most notably, Randy spent 8 years working in the U.S. House of Representatives, and 5 of those years he served as a Chief of Staff to former Rep. Trent Franks (AZ-08) in Washington, D.C.

His extensive business and management experience is what he brought to his position as Chief of Staff and policy advisor for the Congressman. In his leadership role, he regularly engaged with international dignitaries at Think Tanks, Embassy visits, business round tables and policy events on a host of geo-political issues. His travels include Europe, Asia, and the Middle East for educational and cultural exchanges with various community groups, business leaders, military and government officials as well as Heads of State. In 2013-15 he served as VP of the D.C. Chapter of People to People International, a global non-profit founded by President Eisenhower.

Randy is a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran and holds his B.A. in Sociology & Culture and his MBA in e-Business. Additionally, he is a graduate of the highly acclaimed Harvard Executive Leadership Program on Negotiation, and has completed advanced training at the Air War College, the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Partnership for a Secure America’s Congressional Partnership Program, and received certification as a Professional Behaviors and Motivators Analyst.

Randy is a husband, father and grandfather and resides with his family in Phoenix, Arizona.

CPP Spring 2018: Orientation

The Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) welcomed 30 Congressional staff members into the Spring 2018 Congressional Partnership Program (CPP) class. The program, in it’s 18th 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.

Solutions Series Roundtable: The Rohingya Crisis

On Monday, January 29th, Partnership for a Secure America held an off-the-record roundtable dinner for alumni of the Congressional Partnership program to discuss the growing humanitarian crisis in Burma through targeted violence and rape against the Rohingya Muslim minority group. The conversation focused on how the U.S. and Congress can respond to help end the crisis without damaging recent political and economic progress in Burma.


The Rohingya Crisis

Beginning in August 2017, the Burmese government launched widespread and brutal military operations against the Rohingya, a Muslim minority in the country. The operations, which Burma cited as a counter-terrorist response to attacks by Rohingya militants on military and police stations, have created a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions. Murder, rape, and arson by Burmese military units in conjunction with nationalist Buddhist civilian mobs have forced hundreds of thousands of Rohingya to flee to neighboring Bangladesh, overwhelming refugee resources there.

Key Details

1982 Citizenship Law

  • Under this law, Burma denies citizenship to the Rohingya Muslims, making them one of the largest stateless populations worldwide. The government views them as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.

Relevant Incidents

  • August 2017
    • Rohingya militants from the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) target more than 30 military and police posts, prompting retaliatory operations by Burmese military units and Buddhist civilian vigilantes.
  • September 2017
    • The Burmese government claims that operations against militants ended, contrary to evidence that the military operations continued after this date.
  • November 2017
    • Sec. State Rex Tillerson labels the crisis in Burma “ethnic cleansing.”
    • Bangladesh and Burma sign a deal to return all Rohingya Muslims back to Burma.
  • December 2017
    • The US individually sanctions Burmese general Maung Maung Soe for his role in the military operations.
  • January 2018
    • Bangladesh and Burma finalize details for a repatriation plan and timeframe for the Rohingya refugees. Burma agrees to accept 1,500 Rohingya each week, for a total of 2 years to repatriate all Rohingya.
    • The repatriation of Rohingya Muslims back to Burma is postponed due to fears by refugees that they would be forced to return against their will. The process was slated to begin on January 23, 2018.
    • US diplomat Bill Richardson resigns from an international panel set up by Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi to provide advice on the Rohingya crisis, citing a lack of moral leadership by Ms. Suu Kyi.

Off-the-Record Dinner with Lisa Curtis

On November 28th, Partnership for a Secure America held an off-the-record dinner for participants in the Fall 2017 Congressional Partnership Program with Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Council Senior Director for South and Central Asia, Lisa Curtis. Ms. Curtis discussed U.S. policy in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India.


Lisa Curtis

Image result for lisa curtisLisa Curtis was appointed Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Council Senior Director for South and Central Asia on April 24, 2017. She advises the President and the National Security Advisor and guides the U.S. inter-agency policy process on U.S. interests in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Maldives, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Turkmenistan.

Prior to serving at the National Security Council, Lisa focused on U.S. national security interests and regional geopolitics as senior research fellow on South Asia in The Heritage Foundation’s Asian Studies Center. Her research focused on the U.S.-India strategic and defense partnership, U.S. counterterrorism policies in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and trends in Islamist extremism and religious freedom throughout the region. In this role, she regularly testified before Congress and appeared on major media outlets to discuss U.S. policy in South Asia.

Before joining Heritage in August 2006, Curtis worked for the U.S. government on South Asian issues for 16 years. From 2003 to 2006, she was a member of the professional staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where she was in charge of the South Asia portfolio for the chairman at the time, Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN).

From 2001 to 2003, Curtis was the White House-appointed senior advisor to the Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs, where she advised on political developments and Indo-Pakistani relations. Before that, she worked as an analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency and, in the mid-1990s, served as a diplomat in the U.S. embassies in Pakistan and India.

A native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Curtis received a bachelor’s degree in economics at Indiana University.

 

Off-the-Record Discussion with Amb. Tony Wayne

On November 13th, Partnership for a Secure America held an off-the-record dinner for participants in the Fall 2017 Congressional Partnership Program with former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Tony Wayne. Ambassador Wayne discussed U.S.-Mexico relations and NAFTA.

 


Ambassador Tony Wayne

Wayne Earl-AnthonyEarl Anthony Wayne, or “Tony”, as he is known, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2010 as a Career Ambassador.  He has held a variety of diplomatic and policy positions In Washington and U.S. embassies.

From 2011 through July 2015, Wayne served as the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico.  During his tenure, Mission Mexico helped establish the US-Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue, the Mexico-US Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council, and new energy and environmental dialogues, while in trade, investment, and tourism grew.  Through the Merida Initiative and bilateral coordination efforts, law enforcement, security, defense, border and consular cooperation improved; and military-to-military cooperation reached new levels.  Wayne received Mexico’s Order of the Aztec Eagle and the State Department’s Cobb Award for Initiative and Success in Trade Development.

From 2009 to 2011, Wayne served in Kabul, Afghanistan, as Coordinating Director for Development and Economic Affairs and then as Deputy U.S. Ambassador.  Wayne received a Presidential Meritorious Service Award, a Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service, and the State Department’s Cordell Hull Award for Economic Achievement.  From 2006 to 2009, Wayne served as the U.S. Ambassador to Argentina, where he promoted U.S. commercial interests, improved the U.S. image in the face of strong anti-Americanism, and strengthened cooperation against terrorism and human and drug trafficking.  He received the Paul Wellstone Anti-Slavery Ambassador of the Year Award.

From 2000-2006, Wayne worked for three Secretaries of State as Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs (EB).  EB played a lead role in organizing major international donor and reconstruction conferences.  Wayne and his team built international coalitions to block money flow to terrorists, and collaborated to place terrorists and their financiers under UN and U.S. sanctions. His team helped steer negotiations of debt relief and economic reform and supported U.S. companies in commercial disputes.  The longest serving EB Assistant Secretary, he received a State Department Distinguished Honor Award and a Presidential Meritorious Service Award.  From 1996-2000, Wayne served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs and as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Europe and Canada.  He promoted relations with the European Union and OECD.  He played a key role in building G8 consensus on the situation surrounding Kosovo and in organizing the 1999 Stability Pact Summit in Sarajevo, for which he received a Presidential Distinguished Service Award.

Wayne has an MPA from the JFK School of Government, Harvard University, an MA from Princeton University, an MA from Stanford University, and a BA is from the University of California, Berkeley.

CPP Fall 2017 Retreat

On October 21st and 22nd, participants in the Fall 2017 class of the Congressional Partnership Program joined foreign policy and national security experts for a weekend of thought provoking discussions and bipartisan team-building. This retreat was a great opportunity for participants to assess global challenges, explore differences, and build common ground.


Bipartisan Forum

Participants heard from Mr. Luke Murry and Mr. Michael Kuiken on the mechanics of bipartisan consensus on the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act. Speakers discussed their negotiation of the bill language and passage through both chambers of Congress.

Featuring: 

Mr. Luke Murry – National Security Advisor for House Majority Leader, Congressman Kevin McCarthy

Mr. Michael Kuiken – National Security Advisor for Senate Minority Leader, Senator Chuck Schumer

 


Keynote Address

The Keynote address was provided by Mr. Michael Morell who discussed “Global Challenges for Today and Tomorrow.” Mr. Morell discussed global instability, challenges facing the intelligence community, and opportunities for Congressional engagement.

Featuring:

Mr. Michael Morell – Former Deputy Director of the CIA and Former Acting Director of the CIA.

 


Breakout Sessions

Ambassador Roger Noreiga discussed the Venezuelan crisis including high inflation and unemployment, a rise in violence, and crushing debt. Ambassador Noriega also addressed U.S. policy options when dealing with Venezuela.

Ambassador Barbara Bodine discussed Yemen and the Arabian Peninsula. She outlined the various countries vying for influence in Yemen, how the war affects the Arabian Peninsula, and strategies the U.S. should employ to help bring the war to an end.

Featuring:

Ambassador Roger Noreiga – Former Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs and Former U.S. Ambassador to the Organization of American States

Ambassador Barbara Bodine – Former U.S. Ambassador to Yemen.


National Security Council Simulation

Participants engaged in a National Security Council Simulation led by Mr. Robert Sheldon to advance strategic negotiation and communication skills.

Featuring: 

Mr. Robert Sheldon – Director for Policy – Emerging Threats at the Business Executives for National Security.

CPP Fall 2017: Orientation

The Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) welcomes 29 Congressional staff members into PSA’s Fall 2017 Congressional Partnership Program (CPP) schedule. Currently in its 17th session, the program brings together Republicans 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 with top leaders in the field, this unique program aims to equip the next generation of foreign policy and security experts to respect differences, build common ground, and achieve U.S. national interests.

The Fall 2017 schedule will include opportunities for participants to meet with current and former public officials and other key policy experts. Previous sessions have met with policy leaders such as retired Gen. John Allen, former Deputy CIA director John McLaughlin, and Ambassador Tom Pickering.

 

Off-the-Record with former DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff

On September 11th, Partnership for a Secure America held an off-the-record dinner for participants in the Congressional Partnership Program with former Secretary of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff. Mr. Chertoff discussed today’s homeland security challenges including the rising threat of cyber warfare and the spread of terrorism post-9/11.

Started in 2009, PSA’s highly selective Congressional staff foreign policy and national security program – the first of its kind – runs two times each year. This opportunity provides professional development and networking to Democratic and Republican staff members on Capitol Hill to advance bipartisanship on national security and foreign policy. Through off-the-record events, policy seminars, and skills training, this unique program aims to equip Congressional foreign policy and security advisers to assess global challenges, build common ground, and achieve U.S. national interests.


Former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff

Michael ChertoffAs a federal prosecutor Mr. Chertoff investigated and prosecuted cases of political corruption, organized crime, corporate fraud and terrorism – including the 9/11 terrorist attacks. As chief of the Justice Department’s criminal division, Mr. Chertoff was one of the chief architects of the USA Patriot Act. In addition, Mr. Chertoff served as a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

From 2005 to 2009, Mr. Chertoff led the country in blocking would-be terrorists from crossing our borders as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security . He also transformed FEMA into an effective organization following Hurricane Katrina. His greatest successes have earned few headlines – because the important news is what didn’t happen.
At Chertoff Group, Mr. Chertoff provides high-level strategic counsel to corporate and government leaders on a broad range of security issues. In addition to his role at Chertoff Group, Mr. Chertoff is also senior of counsel at Covington & Burling LLP, and a member of the firm’s White Collar Defense and Investigations practice group.

Mr. Chertoff is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College (1975) and Harvard Law School (1978). From 1979-1980 he served as a clerk to Supreme Court Justice William Brennan, Jr.

 

 

 This event was made possible by the generous support of Intel, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, CrowdStrike, and Raytheon

PSA Launches Series with Baltic States

Partnership for a Secure America is excited to announce a new partnership with the Embassies of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania for 2017 titled The Worldview Series: Baltic States. This is the third installment of PSA’s program, The Worldview Series which aims to build deeper understanding of the important decisions American policy-makers face regarding U.S. foreign policy. The Embassies and PSA have designed this program to improve congressional insight on the Baltic States to better inform U.S. foreign policy decisions on Capitol Hill.

The series features off-the-record events with leading transatlantic experts from government, think tank, and business arenas. Focusing on a holistic understanding of the Baltic States’ histories, relations with the United States, and security situation, this program aims to build understanding of the important decisions American policy-makers face regarding US-Baltic relations.

The Embassies of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania are educational participants in the Mutual Education and Cultural Exchange Act, authorized by the U.S. Department of State.

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