July 24th, 2019 — A Conversation with Rep. Max Rose and Elizabeth Beavers on Congressional Authorization for the Use of Military Force

Washington, D.C.

On Wednesday, July 24, Foreign Policy for America hosted Congressman Max Rose and Elizabeth Beavers for an event discussing what Congress can, and should, do about the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF).

In the nearly 18 years since the 2001 AUMF was passed, it has been used as the legal authorization for military involvement around the world - at least 41 times in 19 countries according to the Congressional Research Service. The call to end our endless wars is growing louder and bringing together long-time peace activists and a new generation of war skeptics. Congressman Max Rose and moderator Elizabeth Beavers explored how we arrived at this moment when a repeal of the 2001 AUMF seems possible, and what options Congress has to reassert its constitutional authority over when, where, and against whom the United States uses force.

Congressman Max Rose represents New York’s 11th Congressional District. He serves on the House Committee on Homeland Security and the House Committee on Veteran’s Affairs, and is the Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism. Prior to running for office, Rose served in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan from 2012-2013. He also worked as Director of Public Engagement and Special Assistant to the late Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson.

Elizabeth Beavers is an attorney, analyst, and advocate for peace and security. Her work focuses on dismantling the endless war machine and protecting the human rights and civil liberties that it displaces. Most recently, she served as Associate Policy Director for the Indivisible Project, a movement of thousands of local groups working to pressure their members of Congress. Elizabeth led the organization’s work on foreign policy, national security, democracy, and human rights. Before Indivisible, Elizabeth was the Senior Campaigner for the U.S. section of Amnesty International, focused on bringing U.S. national security policy in line with international human rights standards. She also created and directed the Militarism & Civil Liberties program at the Friends Committee on National Legislation and sits on the board of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture. Elizabeth’s commentary on U.S. militarism has been featured in outlets including the New York Times, The Guardian, Reuters, CNN, U.S. News & World Report, and USA Today. Her work making the connections between the so-called global “War on Terror” and domestic militarization of U.S. police was featured in the award-winning documentary Peace Officer

June 19, 2019 — A Conversation with Rep. Andy Kim & Heather Hurlburt on Iran

Washington, D.C.

On Wednesday June 19, Foreign Policy for America hosted Congressman Andy Kim and Heather Hurlburt for an event on how Congress can constrain the Trump Administration's actions in Iran. In a time of increasing escalation between the United States and Iran, how can Congress hold President Trump accountable and keep the U.S. out of war?

Congressman Andy Kim represents New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District. He serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Small Business Committee and is the Chairman of the House Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access. Prior to running for office, Kim served at the White House as the Director of Iraq in the National Security Council where he coordinated the crisis response to counter the rise of ISIS. He also served in Afghanistan as a Strategic Advisor to Generals David Petraeus and John Allen.

Heather Hurlburt is the director of the New Models of Policy Change project at New America's Political Reform program. Hurlburt leads research into how policy advocacy can adapt to be effective in our current environment of intense political polarization and guides advocates and funders seeking to navigate politics effectively on behalf of policy solutions on issues such as national security and climate change. Previously, she ran the National Security Network, a premier source for internationalist foreign policy messaging and advocacy, held senior positions in the White House and State Department under President Bill Clinton, and worked on Capitol Hill and for the International Crisis Group.

June 4, 2019 — Happy Hour with WCAPS and FP4A

Washington, D.C.

On Tuesday, June 4 Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security (WCAPS) and Foreign Policy for America (FP4A) hosted a happy hour to meet new people and see old friends.

WCAPS believes global issues demand a variety of perspectives. That’s why they created a platform devoted to women of color that cultivates a strong voice and network for its members while encouraging dialogue and strategies for engaging in policy discussions on an international scale.

Foreign Policy for America is a nonpartisan advocacy organization based in Washington, DC. We are mobilizing a diverse national network of Americans who are committed to defending diplomacy and standing up for principled American engagement in the world.

May 15, 2019 — A Conversation with Rep. Veronica Escobar & Nazanin Ash on Border Policy

Washington D.C.

On May 15, Foreign Policy for America hosted Congresswoman Veronica Escobar and Nazanin Ash for an event to discuss how to create a safe and humane border policy.

Congresswoman Veronica Escobar represents Texas’ 16th Congressional District in El Paso, a district on the U.S. - Mexico border. She serves on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Armed Services Committee. Rep. Escobar also serves in positions in both the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) and the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), and is a member of the New Democrat Coalition. She is the Co-Chair of the Immigration Taskforce on the Democratic Women’s Working Group.

Nazanin Ash is vice president for public policy and advocacy at the International Rescue Committee and a visiting policy fellow at the Center for Global Development. Ash previously served as deputy assistant secretary in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the Department of State and on the secretary of state’s policy planning staff. Ash also served as principal advisor and chief of staff to the first director of U.S. foreign assistance and administrator at USAID, designing strategies for allocating foreign assistance.

April 10th, 2019 – A Conversation with Rep. Elissa Slotkin and Kelly Magsamen on U.S. Alliances

Washington, D.C.

On April 10th, 2019, Foreign Policy for America hosted a discussion with Representative Elissa Slotkin and the Center for American Progress' Kelly Magsamen on the importance of American alliances and how to defend them in a contested world.

Elissa Slotkin is a Democratic Congresswoman representing Michigan's 8th district. A former CIA analyst, Congresswoman Slotkin served three tours in Iraq and served on the White House National Security Council under both President Bush and President Obama. At the Pentagon, Congresswoman Slotkin served as acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, serving as the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense on Russia, Europe, NATO, the Middle East, and Africa. Since winning her congressional race in 2018, Congresswoman Slotkin has been appointed to the House Committees on Armed Services and Homeland Security.

Kelly Magsamen is the Vice President of National Security and International Policy at the Center for American Progress. She began her career with the State Department in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. She has since served in a series of positions with the National Security Council and Department of Defense, including principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, which allowed her to shape and guide American strategy and policy on Iran, Central Asia, and South Asia.

March 27th, 2019 – A Conversation with Congressman David Cicilline and Juan Gonzalez on Venezuela

Washington, D.C.

On March 27th, 2019, Foreign Policy for America hosted a discussion with Congressman David Cicilline and Juan Gonzalez on the recent events in Venezuela. As the Maduro regime continues to lose legitimacy in the eyes of Venezuelans, the crisis in the country continues to deepen. 

Congressman Cicilline is the Chairman of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee and serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.  He recently introduced legislation to prohibit the Trump administration from using military force in Venezuela without authorization from Congress.

Juan Gonzalez is an associate vice president with the Cohen Group, where he leads the firm's practice in Latin America.  He previously served as deputy assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere Affairs. Before that, he worked at the White House for four years, as Western Hemisphere advisor to Vice President Joe Biden from 2013 to 2015 and as National Security Council director for Western Hemisphere Affairs from 2011 to 2013. 

February 27th, 2019 – A Conversation on NATO with Representative Brendan Boyle and Brookings Senior Fellow Amanda Sloat

Washington, D.C.

On February 27th, 2019, Foreign Policy for America hosted a discussion with Congressman Brendan Boyle and Brookings Senior Fellow Amanda Sloat on Europe, NATO, and the impact of foreign policy issues on political campaigns.

Congressman Boyle (D-Philadelphia) is a leader in the House of Representatives on NATO and transatlantic issues. He believes in the importance of NATO and US support for our European allies.

Dr. Amanda Sloat is a Robert Bosch senior fellow at Brookings and a fellow with the Project on Europe at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center. She previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Southern Europe at the State Department and as senior professional staff on the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee.

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January 16th, 2019 – A Conversation on Counterterrorism Policy with Representative Abigail Spanberger

Washington, D.C.

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On January 16th, 2019, Foreign Policy for America hosted a discussion with newly elected Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger and Loren DeJonge Schulman on counterterrorism and national security policy. 

Representative Spanberger (D-Virginia) served as a CIA operations officer from 2006 to 2014, where she collected intelligence, managed assets, and oversaw high-profile programs in service to the United States.

Loren DeJonge Schulman is the Deputy Director of Studies and the Leon E. Panetta Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS).  Before joining CNAS, Ms. Schulman served as the Senior Advisor to National Security Advisor Susan Rice.

You can find a video of the event on our facebook page located here.

November 28th, 2018 – A Conversation on Russia and the 116th Congress

Washington, D.C.

On November 28th 2018, Foreign Policy for America hosted a conversation with former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia/Ukraine/Eurasia, Dr. Evelyn Farkas about the threats of Russian aggression in the Ukraine.

Dr. Evelyn Farkas is a Senior Fellow at the German Marshall Fund and CNA, the President of Farkas Global Strategies,and a National Security Analyst for NBC/MSNBC. She served from 2012 to 2015 as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia/Ukraine/Eurasia, where she was responsible for policy towards Russia, the Black Sea, Balkans and Caucasus regions and conventional arms control.

June 20th, 2018 –  Massachusetts and Immigration: A Panel on Immigration Policy and Our Values

Boston, MA

On June 20th, in honor of World Refugee Day, Foreign Policy for America hosted a panel discussion on American immigration and displacement policy . The panel featured Chief of Staff in the Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants Faleh Hashem, Senior Program Leader for Rights at Risk at the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee Mayuri Anupindi, and Recruitment Manager at Year Up and Iraqi refugee, Aseel Sharif.

May 8th, 2018 – A Conversation on the Trump Budget and Foreign Assistance

Washington, D.C.

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On May 8th, Foreign Policy for America hosted a conversation with Representative Grace Meng (NY-6) about the role of aid in the Trump administration's budget proposal.  Jodi Herman, Vice President for Government Relations and Public Affairs at the National Endowment for Democracy, moderated the conversation.

Rep. Meng is in her third congressional term, serving on House Appropriations Committee and its Subcommittees on State and Foreign Operations and Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies.  She is the first Asian-American member of Congress from New York state and the only Asian-American member in the Northeast.

April 25, 2018 – A Conversation on North Korea with former Under Secretary of Defense Christine Wormuth

Denver, CO

On April 25th, Foreign Policy for America hosted a conversation with former Under Secretary of Defense Christine Wormuth about the threats of nuclear weapons in North Korea and paths to disarmament.

Ms. Wormuth is the Director of the Adrienne Arsht Center for Resilience at the Atlantic Council. Prior to joining the Atlantic Council, she was under secretary of defense for policy at the US Department of Defense from 2014 to 2016.

April 11th, 2018 – The Challenge from Russia 

Newark, New Jersey

On April 11th, Foreign Policy for America along with the New Jersey Institute of Technology hosted a discussion with Ambassador Dan Baer on the Challenge from Russia.

Ambassador Daniel Baer is diplomat in residence at the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies and previously served as a deputy assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights, and labor from 2009 to 2013. Ambassador Baer was an assistant professor at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, a faculty fellow at Harvard’s Safra Center for Ethics, and a project leader at the Boston Consulting Group.

March 6th, 2018 – One Year In: Trump and the State Department

Washington, D.C.

On March 6th, Foreign Policy for America hosted a discussion on the State Department one year into the Trump Administration, featuring Ambassador Nancy McEldowney and Tom Countryman. The discussion was moderated by Foreign Policy for America Board Member Ambassador Laura Kennedy.

March 4th, 2018 – Democratic Primary Foreign Policy Candidate Forum for VA10

McLean, Virginia

On March 5th, Foreign Policy for America proudly partnered with AAPI Victory Fund, Council for a Livable World, Emgage Action, J Street, Latino Victory, and NIAC Action in presenting the Democratic Primary Foreign Policy Candidate Forum for Virginia’s 10th Congressional District. The panel featured candidates Lindsey Davis-Stover, Alison Friedman, Dan Helmer, and Jennifer Wexton and was moderated by Jessica Schulberg, foreign policy reporter for The Huffington Post, and Leopoldo Martinez, member of the Board of Directors at Latino Victory Fund and Foreign Policy for America.  

February 22, 2018 - From the Jerusalem Embassy to Iran to ISIS: How Trump is Reshaping U.S. Policy in the Middle East

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

On Thursday, February 22nd, FP4America was proud to partner with the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg and Temple University for a discussion featuring former senior State Department Official Joel Rubin on recent changes to U.S. policy in the Middle East. Mr. Rubin is an expert on the national security, foreign policy and the Middle East.  He has worked inside and outside of government to promote American diplomacy to resolve the Iran nuclear crisis and to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He is now adjunct faculty at Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz School of Public Policy and Management in Washington, D.C. and leads the consultancy practice of Washington Strategy Group.

December 12, 2017 - A Conversation with Ambassador Nicholas Burns About the State of American Diplomacy

Boston, Massachusetts

Ambassador Burns is Director of the Aspen Strategy Group, a Senior Counselor at the Cohen Group, and a professor at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. A career member of the United States Foreign Service, he served for twenty-seven years until retiring in 2008. During that time, Ambassador Burns served as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs from 2005 to 2008, Ambassador to NATO from 2001 to 2005, Ambassador to Greece from 1997 to 2001, and a State Department Spokesman from 1995 to 1997. He serves on the Advisory Board of Foreign Policy for America.

November 29, 2017 - A Conversation with Congressman Ro Khanna About U.S. Involvement in the War in Yemen

Washington, D.C.

Ro Khanna represents California’s 17th Congressional District, located in the heart of Silicon Valley, and is serving in his first term. He sits on the House Budget and Armed Services committees and is a vice chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Representative Khanna recently introduced bipartisan legislation, invoking the War Powers resolution, which called on Congress to either debate and authorize or end U.S. involvement in the war in Yemen. 

November 15, 2017 - A Conversation with Ambassador Daniel Baer About American Support for Democracy

Washington, D.C.

From 2013 to 2017, Daniel Baer was the U.S. Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Prior to his ambassadorial role, Mr. Baer served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor from 2009 to 2013. He has also been an assistant professor at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown, a Faculty Fellow at Harvard’s Safra Center for Ethics, and a project leader at The Boston Consulting Group. He serves on the Advisory Board of Foreign Policy for America.

October 2, 2017 - A Conversation with Richard Nephew on North Korea's Nuclear Program

Princeton, New Jersey

Richard Nephew is currently a Senior Research Scholar and Program Director at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University. From 2013 to 2015, he was the Principal Deputy Coordinator for Sanctions Policy at the U.S. Department of State. Prior to that, Mr. Nephew was the Director for Iran on the U.S. National Security Council from 2011 to 2013. 

September 21, 2017 - A Conversation with Ned Price on U.S. Counterterrorism Efforts in the Post-9/11 World

Richmond, Virginia

Ned Price is a lecturer at The George Washington University, a National Security/Intelligence Analyst and Contributor for NBC News, and a fellow at the New America Foundation. From 2006 until February 2017, Mr. Price worked for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). During his time at the CIA, he served a Special Assistant to President Obama, a spokesperson for the National Security Council, and a counterterrorism analyst.

September 12, 2017 - A Conversation with Dr. Colin Kahl on the Iran Nuclear Deal

Washington, D.C.   

Dr. Colin H. Kahl is an associate professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. From October 2014 to January 2017, he was Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor to the Vice President. From February 2009 to December 2011, Dr. Kahl was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East at the Pentagon.