On April 4, alumni of PSA’s Congressional Partnership Program returned from a ten-day trip to China organized by PSA and the U.S.-Asia Institute as part of the innaugural session of PSA’s new Worldview Series. Before the trip, participants attended three intensive seminars by experts on U.S.-China relations. During their travels in Beijing, Shanghi, Jiangxi Province, Congressional staffers met with officials from China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Embassy of the United States in Beijing, and leaders from Chinese civil society.
Ambassador Robert Gallucci attended an off-the-record dinner with alumi from the Congressional Partnership Program, where he discussed recent developments in North Korea’s nuclear weapon program and their global implications.
Ambassador Gallucci served as Dean of the School of Foreign Service for 13 years until he left in July 2009, to become president of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. He was appointed dean in 1996, after 21 years of distinguished service in a variety of government positions, focusing on international security. As Ambassador-at-Large and Special Envoy for the U.S. Department of State, he dealt with the threats posed by the proliferation of ballistic missiles and weapons of mass destruction. He was chief U.S. negotiator during the North Korean nuclear crisis of 1994, and served as Assistant Secretary of State for Political Military Affairs and as Deputy Executive Chairman of the UN Special Commission overseeing the disarmament of Iraq following the first Gulf War. Ambassador Gallucci earned his Bachelor’s degree at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and his Master’s and Doctoral degrees at Brandeis University.
Partnership for a Secure America is excited to announce a new initiative with the US-Asia Institute for Winter/Spring 2016 called The Worldview Series: China. The US-Asia Institute and PSA have designed this unique educational program to improve congressional insight into China and better inform U.S. foreign policy decisions on Capitol Hill.
The series features off-the-record events with leading China experts from government, think tank, business, and academic arenas. Focusing on a holistic understanding of China’s economic, security, and domestic situation, this program aims to build a deeper understanding of the important decisions American policy-makers face regarding US-China relations.
The US-Asia Institute is a nonprofit founded by Esther Kee and the late Joji Konoshima devoted to improving understanding and strengthening ties between the people and governments of the United States and Asia.
Partnership for a Secure America is excited to announce a new initiative with the US-Asia Institute for Spring 2016 called “The Worldview Series: China”. The US-Asia Institute and PSA have designed this unique educational program to improve congressional insight into China and better inform U.S. foreign policy decisions on Capitol Hill.
The series features off-the-record events with leading China experts from government, think tank, business, and academic arenas, and culminates in a delegation to China. Focusing on a holistic understanding of China’s economic, security, and domestic situation, this program aims to build a deeper understanding of the important decisions American policy-makers face regarding US-China relations.
The US-Asia Institute is an educational participant in the Mutual Education and Cultural Exchange Act, authorized by the U.S. Department of State.
February 8– Robert Daly and Ambassador J. Stapelton Roy discussed China’s evolving governmental and domestic issues, including the origins and developments of China’s domestic policy and the foundations of Chinese foreign policy and how it explains their actions in the international community.
Robert Daly, Director of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States at the Woodrow Wilson Center International Center for Scholars
Ambassador J. Stapelton Roy, Founding Director Emeritus of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
February 22– Kenneth Lieberthal and David Dollar discussed China’s economy and trade, including the foundations of China’s economic and trade relations and economic partnerships and rivalries between the US and China and the struggle for economic influence in Asia.
Kenneth Lieberthal, Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy, Global Economy and Development at the Brookings Institution
David Dollar, Senior Fellow with the Foreign Policy and Global Economy and Development Programs in the John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution
March 14– Patrick Cronin and Anthony Cordesman discussed China’s security and role in regional security, including China’s security strategy in the region and it’s security relationship with the Korean peninsula, as well as maritime tensions in the South China Sea.
Dr. Patrick M. Cronin, Senior Advisor and Senior Director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS)
Dr. Anthony H. Cordesman, Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
On November 30, PSA hosted Ambassador Marcelle Wahba, former Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, for an off-the-record dinner with the Fall 2015 class of the Congressional Partnership Program.
Ambassador Wahba is the President of the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington (AGSIW). Prior to her appointment as President of AGSIW, Wahba led DerMar International, LLC, a consulting firm focused on assisting American businesses seeking to establish or expand their presence in the Middle East. She served as the Senior Advisor for the GCC countries from 2008 to 2012 at PineBridge Investments, an asset management firm based in New York City. Other consulting assignments included Booz Allen Hamilton, U.S. Department of State, the Department of Defense, and Northrop Grumman.
Ambassador Wahba retired from the U.S. Department of State in May 2008, class of Minister Counselor, after a 22-year career spent mostly in the Middle East. Wahba was confirmed as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United Arab Emirates in October 2001. She received the White House Presidential Meritorious Service Award for her service in the UAE and was decorated by HH President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan with the UAE’s Order of Independence (First Class).
On September 28, PSA hosted a off-the-record dinner with Ambassador Frank Wisner, former Undersecretary of State, former Undersecretary of Defense, and former U.S. Ambassador to India, Philippines, Egypt and Zambia. This was a closed event for CPP alumni.
Ambassador Frank Wisner currently serves as International Affairs Advisor at Squire Patton Boggs in New York. He previously served as Undersecretary of State for International Security Affairs (1992-93), Undersecretary of Defense for Policy (1993-94), and as Ambassador to India (1994-97), the Philippines (1991-92), Egypt (1986-91), and Zambia (1979-82). Ambassador Wisner was senior Deputy Assistant Secretary for African Affairs from 1982 to 1986, a time of intense diplomatic engagement in Southern Africa. He worked as a senior diplomat in Tunisia and Bangladesh before returning to Washington as Director of Plans and Management in the Bureau of Public Affairs. He joined the President’s Interagency Task Force on Indochina, the entity responsible for evacuating and settling nearly one million refugees and served as its Deputy Director.
JULY 14 – Dr. Jamie Metzl, Co-chair of PSA’s Board of Directors, discussed how domestic drivers are influencing China’s foreign policy and diplomatic relations with the United States. This private lunch was for members of PSA’s Congressional Partnership Program.
April 8th: PSA hosted a small off-the-record round table dinner with Amb. Zalmay Khalilzad (ret.), former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Afghanistan and the United Nations, and CEO of Khalilzad Associates. This was a closed event for CPP alumni.
In a March 23rd article for the National Interest, Amb. Khalilzad reflected on recent steps by the Afghan and U.S. governments to avoid the pitfalls of the American troop withdrawal from Iraq. Amb. Khalilzad recognized both governments for being committed to success in Afghanistan and offered additional suggestions for how to ensure that the withdrawal of U.S. troops does not leave Afghanistan vulnerable to the same violence that has now engulfed Iraq.
From 2007 to 2009, Amb. Khalilzad served as U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations. Prior to that, he served as U.S. Ambassador to Iraq (2005-2007) and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan (2003 to 2005). He also served as U.S. Special Presidential Envoy to Afghanistan (2001 to 2003). Amb. Khalilzad sits on the boards of the National Endowment for Democracy, America Abroad Media, the RAND Corporation’s Middle East Studies Center, the American University of Iraq in Sulaymaniyah, and the American University of Afghanistan. He is also a Counselor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Amb. Khalilzad earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees from the American University of Beirut, as well as a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.
With continuing concerns over nuclear programs in Iran and North Korea, the U.S. and international partners remain uncertain how to address threats – perceived and real – from these unpredictable nations. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) serves a critical role in this space, providing intelligence on these programs and expert assessments of technical capabilities.
On September 9th, PSA held a special off-the-record CPP dinner with Dr. Olli Heinonen, former Deputy Director General of the IAEA and current Senior Fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, to discuss these country’s nuclear programs, IAEA oversight, current technical assessments, and options for the international community. As the former head of the IAEA Department of Safeguards, Heinonen led teams of international investigators to examine nuclear programs of concern around the world and inspected nuclear facilities in South Africa, Iraq, North Korea, Syria, Libya and elsewhere, seeking to ensure that nuclear materials were not diverted for military purposes. He led the Agency’s efforts to identify and dismantle nuclear proliferation networks, including the one led by Pakistani scientist A.Q. Khan, and he oversaw its efforts to monitor and contain Iran’s nuclear program.
To learn more about PSA’s Congressional Partnership Program, visit www.psaonline.org/cpp.
Dr. Olli Heinonen
Olli Heinonen is a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. His research and teachings include: nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, verification of treaty compliance, enhancement of the verification work of international organizations, and transfer and control of peaceful uses of nuclear energy.
Before joining the Belfer Center in September 2010, Olli Heinonen served 27 years at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna. Heinonen was the Deputy Director General of the IAEA, and head of its Department of Safeguards. Prior to that, he was Director at the Agency’s various Operational Divisions, and, as inspector, including at the IAEA’s overseas office in Tokyo, Japan.
Heinonen led teams of international investigators to examine nuclear programmes of concern around the world and inspected nuclear facilities in South Africa, Iraq, North Korea, Syria, Libya and elsewhere, seeking to ensure that nuclear materials were not diverted for military purposes. He also spearheaded efforts to implement an analytical culture to guide and complement traditional verification activities. He led the Agency’s efforts to identify and dismantle nuclear proliferation networks, including the one led by Pakistani scientist A.Q. Khan, and he oversaw its efforts to monitor and contain Iran’s nuclear programme.
Prior to joining IAEA, he was a Senior Research Officer at the Technical Research Centre of Finland Reactor Laboratory in charge of research and development related to nuclear waste solidification and disposal. He is co-author of several patents on radioactive waste solidification.
Heinonen is the author of several articles, chapters of books, books, and publications ranging from the IAEA and nuclear non-proliferation issues, to regional nuclear developments. His writings and interviews have been published in various newspapers and magazines including: Foreign Policy, The Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Arms Control Today, Der Spiegel, Le Monde, the Helsingin Sanomat, the New York Times, the Mehr news, Die Stern, the Haaretz, the New Statesman, the Washington Post, the BBC, and the Time. His policy briefings have been published by the Belfer Center, the Atlantic Council, the Nautilus Institute, the Institute for Science and International Security, the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and the Carnegie Endowment.
Olli Heinonen studied radiochemistry and completed his PhD dissertation in nuclear material analysis at the University of Helsinki.