The American people are safer, and the world more peaceful and prosperous, when members of Congress from both political parties work together to solve global challenges. 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, will advance this objective with a new series of Bipartisan Congressional Dialogues. USIP will bring together leaders from both political parties in public discussions to develop solutions for urgent national security and foreign policy problems.
In each dialogue of the series, Republican and Democratic members of Congress will join USIP leaders to discuss their shared interest in a specific foreign policy challenge, and examine ways to develop policy to address the problem.
This series will further 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, non-partisan, foreign policy forum for these discussions.
The first dialogue of this series, Human Rights: The Foundation of Peace, on March 20, 2018 will feature Representatives Randy Hultgren (R-IL) and James P. McGovern (D-MA) discussing Congress’ role in protecting global human rights and the connection between human rights and peaceful communities abroad. Representatives Hultgren and McGovern are co-chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission.
The second dialogue of this series on April 17, 2018 will feature Representatives Steve Pearce (R-NM) and Jim Himes (D-CT) discussing Countering Illicit Funding of Terrorism: A Congressional Approach. 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.