Test Driving on the New Site: A New Find
The Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) is dedicated to recreating the bipartisan center in American national security and foreign policy.
We believe that the United States is being ill-served by the growing partisan divide surrounding its national security and foreign policy. Although partisan rancor has traditionally stopped â€œat the waterâ€™s edge,â€ this tradition of bipartisan cooperation has eroded significantly in recent years in negative and harmful ways.
Policy differences must always be debated, but growing partisan bitterness dangerously interferes with substantive discussion of our national security and foreign policy. The Partnership for a Secure America is a not-for-profit organization created to address this growing problem and help foster bipartisan, consensus driven, national solutions to the major national security and foreign policy challenges facing our country.
PSA is a project of The Century Foundation.
Here's the bio of the guy in charge. Note his rather impressived educational credentials:
Jamie Metzl is President of Partnership for a Secure America and Co-Chairman of the PSA Board.
Last year, he ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. House of Representatives from Missouriâ€™s Fifth Congressional District in Kansas City. Jamie has served as Senior Fellow and Coordinator for Homeland Security Programs at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he directed the CFR Task Force on Emergency Responders, as Deputy Staff Director and Senior Counselor of the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee, as Senior Coordinator for International Public Information and Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, and as Director for Multilateral and Humanitarian Affairs on the National Security Council.
At the White House, he spearheaded the Presidentâ€™s initiative on International Public Information, drafted Presidential Decision Directive PDD-68 on the same subject, and coordinated United States Government international information campaigns for Iraq, Kosovo, and other crises. He was a Human Rights Officer for the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC) from 1991 to 1993, where he helped establish a nation-wide human rights investigation and monitoring unit for Cambodia.
A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and former White House Fellow, he holds a Ph.D. in Southeast Asian history from Oxford University, a juris doctorate from Harvard Law School, and is a magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brown University. Jamie Metzl has appeared widely on national media, including on Meet the Press and the Today show, he has written a book on human rights in Southeast Asia, and his other writing has appeared in The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, and many other publications. He has completed three ironman triathlons and 20 marathons. His novel The Depths of the Sea was published by St. Martinâ€™s Press in May 2004.
Partnership for a Secure America
I don't really have anything to say about this group except that it'll be interesting to see if they can insert some of their own informed opinions into the SCLM.