Generations of American leaders from across the political spectrum have supported the goal of a bipartisan foreign policy. The U.S. Institute of Peace, a congressionally funded national institute, advances this objective with a series of Bipartisan Congressional Dialogues. USIP brings together leaders from both political parties in public discussions to develop solutions for urgent national security and foreign policy problems.

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In each dialogue of the series, Republican and Democratic members of Congress join USIP leaders to discuss their shared interest in a specific foreign policy challenge and examine ways to develop policy to address the problem.

Our recent Bipartisan Congressional Dialogues have tackled such hot-button national security topics as the role of human rights in global peace and stability, terrorism and evolving cybersecurity threats, and negotiations with North Korea.

This series furthers USIP’s congressional mission to reduce violent conflict abroad in accordance with America’s national interests and values. USIP, an institution that symbolizes the United States’ commitment to peace, provides a unique, nonpartisan, foreign policy forum for these discussions.

Past Events

On Tuesday, May 22 the U.S. Institute of Peace hosted Representatives Steve Russell (R-OK) and Ted Lieu (D-CA) to discuss the ongoing negotiations with North Korea, their potential outcomes and the continuing role of Congress for the third event in the Bipartisan Congressional Dialogue series.

Steve Russell, Nancy Lindborg, Ted Lieu

On April 17, 2018, Representatives Steve Pearce (R-NM) and Jim Himes (D-CT) spoke at USIP’s second Bipartisan Congressional Dialogue on a bipartisan approach to evolving cybersecurity threats. Representatives Pearce and Himes are both Members of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance, and Representative Pearce is the Chairman of this Subcommittee.

Representative Steve Pearce (R-NM) and Representative Jim Hines (D-CT)

The first dialogue of this series, Human Rights: The Foundation of Peace, on March 20, 2018 featured Representatives Randy Hultgren (R-IL) and James P. McGovern (D-MA) discussing how rights violations foment violence. Representatives Hultgren and McGovern are co-chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission.

Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL) and Rep. James P. McGovern (D-MA)