On the Ground in Egypt & UAE

March 9th: PSA hosted a small off-the-record round table lunch with Dr. Graeme Bannerman, PSA Board member and former Senate Foreign Relations Committee Staff Director. Just returning from his travels to Egypt and the UAE, Dr. Bannerman shared information and insight from meetings with government officials, security figures, community leaders, and others in both countries. America’s relationships with these nations are complex, but continue to prove critical in advancing U.S. priorities in the Middle East – including the fight against ISIS, efforts in Israel/Palestine, and promoting stability in the region.


Graeme Bannerman

Graeme Bannerman is a Scholar at the Middle East Institute. As such, he frequently provides commentary on Middle Eastern issues for numerous American and international media outlets including the BBC, Canadian National television, NBC, CBS, PBS News Hour, Fox News, al-Hurra, al-Jazeera, and others. He is Vice Chairman of the Board of Hands along the Nile and serves on the Board of Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) and the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy.

Prior to joining the Middle East Institute, he founded and served as President of Bannerman & Associates, Inc., an international consulting firm. Bannerman & Associates, Inc. worked with a variety of international clients primarily in the Middle East.

He served on the staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee from 1979 until 1987. His last position was Committee Staff Director. From 1979 through 1984, he was the Committee’s professional staff member responsible for the Middle East and South Asia.

Before working for the Senate, he was employed by the Department of State, as a Middle Eastern Affairs Analyst and on the Policy Planning Staff. He worked on Arab-Israeli affairs during the time of Camp David and the negotiation of the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty.

Dr. Bannerman taught at several institutions including Georgetown University, George Washington University, and The American University in Beirut. He holds a doctorate in Modern Middle Eastern History from the University of Wisconsin, a MA in South Asian studies from the University of Wisconsin, a MA in Modern Middle Eastern history from The American University in Beirut, and a BA degree from Northwestern University.


Calamity in Greece & the Eurozone

February 18th: PSA hosted a small off-the-record round table dinner with Amb. Thomas Miller (ret.), PSA Board member and former U.S. Ambassador to Greece, to discuss implications of Greece’s recent election and economic challenges in southern Europe. This was a closed event for CPP alumni.


In February 2015, the anti-austerity Syriza party dominated elections in Greece. The new Prime Minister, Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras, has vowed to renegotiate the terms of Greece’s loans and reverse six years of harsh austerity measures – measures that gave rise to more assertive, leftist political views which ushered in Syriza. Struggling with high unemployment, slow growth, and dissatisfied masses, Greece wants to renegotiate the terms of its massive bailout packages. Although most of the Greek debt is held by European countries, it is clear that the stand-off between Greece and the Eurozone poses great risk to the global economy. Additionally, Greece’s recent attempt to block EU sanctions against Russia confronts U.S. national security interests and points toward a confrontational road ahead for Greece.

Thomas Miller is currently the president and CEO of IESC. Prior to joining IESC, Tom was president and CEO of the United Nations Association of the U.S. (2009) and from 2005-08, served as CEO of Plan International, a large NGO that works in 66 countries to improve the lives of children in developing countries. A 29-year career diplomat, Tom’s experience in the Foreign Service spanned many continents. From 2001-04, he served as U.S. ambassador to Greece, where he focused on the security concerns of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and domestic counter-terrorism. From 1999-2001, as U.S. ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, he worked on helping the country recover after a devastating war. From 1997-99, he was special coordinator for the Cyprus negotiations (rank of ambassador). He was also posted to Thailand, Greece two other times, and the State Department in Washington, where he focused on North Africa, the Middle East, and counter-terrorism issues. In 2011, Tom was appointed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to be the chair of the board of the International Commission on Missing Persons, an internationally acclaimed organization that identifies missing persons in many countries by using DNA-matching and other techniques.

Tom serves on the boards of D.A.R.E., Partnership for a Secure America, and Lampsa. He was also recently selected to serve on AARP’s National Policy Council. He is the recipient of many honors and awards as well as honorary degrees. A native of the Chicago area, Ambassador Miller has five degrees from the University of Michigan: a PhD in political science (1975), master’s degrees in both political science (1973) and Asian studies (1972), and a bachelor’s degree in political science (1969). In addition, in 2003 he received an honorary doctorate when he was the university’s commencement speaker.

Off-the-Record with Michael Morell, Acting CIA Director (ret.)

February 9th: Michael Morell, former Acting Director of the Central Intelligence Agency joined alumni of PSA’s Congressional Partnership Program (CPP) for a discussion on America’s critical national security and foreign policy challenges ahead.

This was be an off-the-record event for alumni of the Congressional Partnership Program (CPP).

Michael Morell, the recently retired Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, is one of the country’s most prominent national security professionals, with extensive experience in intelligence and foreign policy. He has been at the center of our nation’s fight against terrorism, its work to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and its efforts to respond to trends that are altering the international landscape—including the Arab Spring, the rise of China, and the cyber threat.

During his 33-year career at CIA, Michael served as deputy director for over three years, a job in which he managed the Agency’s day-to-day operations, represented the Agency at the White House and Congress, and maintained the Agency’s relationships with intelligence services and foreign leaders around the world. Michael also served twice as Acting Director, leading CIA when Leon Panetta was named Secretary of Defense and again after David Petraeus left government.

Michael’s senior assignments at CIA also included serving for two years as the Director of Intelligence, the Agency’s chief analyst, and for two years as Executive Director, the CIA’s top administrator—managing human resources, the budget, security, and information technology for an agency the size of a Fortune 200 firm.

Michael has been a witness to history on multiple occasions. He is the only person who was both with President Bush on September 11th, when al-Qaida burst into the American consciousness, and with President Obama on May 1st, when Bin Laden was brought to justice. Michael played a major role in the Bin Laden operation.

Michael is known inside CIA for his leadership. He inspired individuals and work units to perform beyond expectations. He mentored most of the Agency’s current senior leadership team, including a significant number of women and minorities. When he departed CIA, thousands of officers wrote Michael notes of thanks.

Michael is the recipient of many awards. He received a Presidential Rank Award for exceptional performance. He also received the Distinguished Intelligence Medal, CIA’s highest honor, for his role in the Bin Ladin operation. Michael is also the recipient of the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal, the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, and the Department of Defense Service Medal.

Today, Michael is involved in a wide-range of activities. He is a speaker at private events, a consultant to private-sector entities, and an occasional media commentator regarding national security issues. He is also a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a Counselor at Beacon Global Strategies, a national security consulting firm in Washington D.C.

Michael is a native of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and he maintains close ties to northeast Ohio. His father and mother—who taught him hard work, the pursuit of excellence, and humility—were an autoworker and a homemaker. Michael is a first-generation college student, earning a B.A. summa cum laude in economics from the University of Akron. He also earned an M.A. in economics from Georgetown University.

Michael is married to Mary Beth Manion. He has three children, Sarah, Luke, and Peter. Michael enjoys playing golf and tennis, watching sports, reading, and traveling. Michael is involved with charities associated with supporting the families of fallen soldiers and intelligence officers.

Crossing Cultures – CPP Alumni Share Insights with Young MENA Leaders

NOV 21 – Alumni of PSA’s Congressional Partnership Program joined young leaders from the Middle East and North Africa to exchange ideas on media, politics, and government. Thanks for the great opportunity UN Alliance of Civilizations!

Congressional Partnership Program: 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 is for Congressional staff interested in generating dialogue and developing the skills and relationships required to advance bipartisanship on critical national security and foreign policy issues. Through policy seminars and networking activities, 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.

UNAOC Fellowship Programme: The purpose of the Fellowship is to facilitate positive cooperation and understanding between the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and Europe and North America (EUNA) by supporting emerging leaders from these regions to develop a nuanced understanding of each other.

About the UNAOC– The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) was established in 2005, at the political initiative of Mr. Kofi Anan, former UN Secretary General and co-sponsored by the Governments of Spain and Turkey.

A High-Level Group of experts was formed by Mr. Annan to explore the roots of polarization between societies and cultures today, and to recommend a practical programme of action to address this issue. The Report of the High-Level Group provided analysis and put forward practical recommendations that form the basis for the implementation plan of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations.

On 27 February 2013, Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser assumed the position of UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations succeeding President Jorge Sampaio.

The UNAOC High Representative and Secretariat are based and operating from New York. The Alliance maintains a global network of partners including States, International and regional organizations, civil society groups, foundations, and the private sector to improve cross-cultural relations between diverse nations and communities.

In its 2006 report, the High-Level Group identified four priority areas for action namely, (Education, Youth, Migration, Media). UNAOC project activities are fashioned around these four areas, which can play a critical role in helping to reduce cross-cultural tensions and to build bridges between communities.

CPP Alumni Dinner with Former Reps. Gary Ackerman (D-NY) and Jean Schmidt (R-OH)

NOV 18 – Former U.S. Representatives Gary Ackerman (D-NY) and Jean Schmidt (R-OH) joined PSA’s Congressional Partnership Program alumni for a bipartisan dinner to discuss current international challenges facing U.S. policymakers and opportunities for improving cross-party engagement on critical foreign policy and national security issues.

This off-the-record event was part of PSA’s Congressional Partnership Program initiative. To learn more, visit

Congressman Gary Ackerman is a former Democratic Representative of New York’s 5th and 7th districts, representing constituencies in Queens and Long Island’s North Shore. As a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, he served as Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia, Vice Chair of the House Committee on International Relations, the Chair of the Panel on Asia and the Pacific, among others. Representative Ackerman became the first person allowed to cross the DMZ dividing the Korean Peninsula after meeting with the North’s founding dictator Kim Il Sung.

Congresswoman Jean Schmidt served as a Republican Representative in Ohio’s 2nd congressional district from 2005 to 2013 representing constituencies ranging from Hamilton County to Scioto County, including the Cincinnati suburbs. As a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, she sat on the Subcommittee on Europe and Eurasia as well as the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere.
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CPP Alumni Dinner with Dr. Norman Ornstein

Norman Ornstein is a long-time observer of Congress and politics. He is a contributing editor and columnist for National Journal and The Atlantic and is an election eve analyst for BBC News. He served as co-director of the AEI-Brookings Election Reform Project and participates in AEI’s Election Watch series. He also served as a senior counselor to the Continuity of Government Commission. Mr. Ornstein led a working group of scholars and practitioners that helped shape the law, known as McCain-Feingold, that reformed the campaign financing system. He was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004. His many books include The Permanent Campaign and Its Future (AEI Press, 2000); The Broken Branch: How Congress Is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track, with Thomas E. Mann (Oxford University Press, 2006, named by the Washington Post one of the best books of 2006 and called by The Economist “a classic”); and, most recently, the New York Times bestseller, It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism, also with Tom Mann, published in May 2012 by Basic Books. It was named as one of 2012’s best books on pollitics by The New Yorker and one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post.


Contributing Editor and Columnist, National Journal and The Atlantic, 2013-present

Election Analyst, BBC News, 2012-present

Codirector, Project to Examine Alternatives to the Independent Counsel Statute, 1999-present

Member, Board of Contributors, USA Today, 1997-present

Founder and Director, Campaign Finance Reform Working Group, 1996-present

Columnist, “Congress Inside Out,” Roll Call, 1993-2012

Senior Adviser, Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, 1987-present Election Analyst, CBS News, 1982-2012

Codirector, AEI-Brookings Election Reform Project, 2005-2011

Senior Counselor, AEI-Brookings Continuity of Government Commission, 2002-2011

Director, Transition to Governing Project, 2000-2003

Member, Commission on the Future International Financial Architecture, Council on Foreign Relations, 2000

Cochair, President’s Advisory Committee on the Public Interest Obligations of Digital Television Broadcasters, 1997-98

Codirector, Renewing Congress Project, 1992-96

Commentator and Pollster, Political Coverage, Comedy Central, 1992, 1996

Member, National Commission on Public Service Board, 1987-90

Faculty, Catholic University of America and Johns Hopkins University, 1971-84

Series Editor and Cohost, “Congress: We the People,” PBS, 1977-78


Ph.D., M.A., political science, University of Michigan

B.A., University of Minnesota

Former Senator Jon Kyl Private Event

Senator Jon Kyl, who left Congress in January 2013 as the second-highest ranking Republican senator, advises companies on domestic and international policies that influence US and multi-national businesses. He assists corporate clients on tax, health care, defense, national security and intellectual property matters.

During Senator Kyl’s 26 years in Congress, he built a reputation for mastering the complexities of legislative policy and coalition building, first in the House of Representatives and then in the Senate. In 2010, Time magazine called him one of the 100 most influential people in the world, noting his “encyclopedic knowledge of domestic and foreign policy, and his hard work and leadership” and his “power to persuade.”

Senator Kyl sat on the powerful Senate Finance Committee where he was the top Republican on the Subcommittee on Taxation and Internal Revenue Service Oversight. The senator also served as the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism. A member of the Republican Leadership for well over a decade, Senator Kyl chaired the Senate Republican Policy Committee and the Senate Republican Conference, before becoming Senate Republican Whip.

Senator Richard Lugar Congressional Partnership Program Alumni Lunch

Senator Richard Lugar (1977-2013) joined PSA’s Congressional Partnership Program for an off-the-record lunch with CPP alumni.

Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN)

Richard Lugar is the President of the Lugar Center, a non-profit organization focusing on nuclear non-proliferation, food security, and other critical issues. Lugar also recently announced the creation of the Lugar Academy at the University of Indianapolis, which includes a Washington semester internship program for UIndy students and other student leaders. Lugar was also recently named a Professor of Practice and Distinguished Scholar at the new School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University.

A fifth generation Hoosier who left office as the longest serving member of Congress in Indiana history, Lugar is recognized as a gifted local and state leader, as well as a respected national and international statesman. During his tenure in the United States Senate, he exercised leadership on critical issues such as food security, nuclear non-proliferation, energy independence and free trade. He holds 46 honorary degrees from colleges and universities in 15 states and the District of Columbia, and was the fourth person ever named Outstanding Legislator by the American Political Science Association.

Lugar graduated first in his class at both Shortridge High School in Indianapolis and Denison University in Granville, Ohio. He attended Pembroke College at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, studying politics, philosophy and economics. Lugar volunteered for the U.S. Navy in 1957, ultimately serving as an intelligence briefer for Admiral Arleigh Burke, chief of Naval Operations.

Lugar manages his family’s 604-acre Marion County corn, soybean and tree farm. Before entering public life, he helped manage the family’s food machinery manufacturing business in Indianapolis with his brother Tom.

As the two-term mayor of Indianapolis (1968-75), he envisioned the unification of the city and surrounding Marion County into one government. Unigov, as Lugar’s plan was called, set the city on a path of uninterrupted economic growth. He served three terms on the U.S. Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, including two terms as the vice-chair of the commission, and served as president of the National League of Cities.

Lugar has been a leader in reducing the threat of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. In 1991, he forged a bipartisan partnership with then-Senate Armed Services Chairman Sam Nunn (D-Ga.) to destroy these weapons of mass destruction in the former Soviet Union. To date, the Nunn-Lugar program has deactivated more than 7,600 nuclear warheads that were once aimed at the United States.

As chairman of the Agriculture Committee, Lugar built bipartisan support for 1996 federal farm program reforms, ending 1930s era federal production controls. He has promoted broader risk management options for farmers, research advancements, increased export opportunities and higher net farm income. Lugar initiated a biofuels research program to help decrease U.S. dependency on foreign oil. He also led initiatives to streamline the U.S. Department of Agriculture, reform the food stamp program and preserve the federal school lunch program.

Lugar and his wife, Charlene, were married Sept. 8, 1956, and have four sons and 13 grandchildren.

CPP Alumni Dinner w/ IAEA Deputy Director General Janice Dunn Lee

DEC 4 – In recent years, leading nations have begun to focus efforts on the global nuclear governance agenda. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is responsible for assisting in the development and practical application of atomic energy for peaceful purposes and serving as the international watchdog monitoring nuclear programs to warn of any changes towards weapons development. As the P5+1 talks continue with Iran on the limitations of their nuclear pursuits and intentions, IAEA serves the purpose of tracking the country’s program. IAEA and Iran have engaged in constructive technical discussions that have led to a collaborative statement promising continued dialogue and the peaceful intentions of Iran’s nuclear programme. Dialogue between the two has made it possible for the IAEA to monitor and issue updates on Iran’s nuclear activities. A recent in-depth report by the IAEA indicated a lull in Iran’s nuclear installments starting in August at the time of President Hassan Rouhani’s innauguration.

Partnership for a Secure America held a private CPP alumni dinner with IAEA Deputy Director General Janice Dunn Lee to discuss the IAEA’s role in the current conversation, the future of the IAEA, and the how nuclear energy, security, and nonproliferation play a role in the global security landscape.

Janice Dunn Lee is the Deputy Director General, Head of the Department of Management at the International Atomic Energy Agency. She was appointed to the position on 1 January 2012.

Prior to this, Ms. Dunn Lee was the Deputy Director-General of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (OECD/NEA) in Paris, France. Earlier, Ms. Dunn Lee was the Director of International Programs for the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) where she managed international cooperative programmes in nuclear safety, technology, and materials, the import and export licensing of these materials and radioactive waste safety.

Ms. Dunn Lee joined the NRC in 1975 and held a number of progressively responsible positions. These included: Senior Assistant for international nuclear policy to four successive NRC Chairmen; Licensing Review and Policy Analyst in the Office of International Programs; and Chief for International Safeguards, Office of Nuclear Materials Safety and Safeguards where she participated in programmes to assist countries to protect, control and account for nuclear materials. She was selected for the Senior Executive Service in 1998. She was appointed as the Deputy Director of the Office of International Programs in 1998 and as Director in 1999.

Ms. Dunn Lee participated in several special assignments and programmes while at the NRC. From 1989 to 1991, she served as a Congressional Fellow in the Office of Senator James A. McClure of Idaho. In 1993, she was on assignment to the Office of Senator Alan K. Simpson of Wyoming, where she served as a staff member on the Committee on Environment and Public Works. Ms Dunn Lee graduated from the NRC Supervisory Development Program in 1995 and the Federal Executive Institute in 1991.

Ms. Dunn Lee received a B.A. degree in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1973 and an M.A. degree in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, in 1975