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.
In each dialogue of the series, Republican and Democratic members of Congress discuss their shared interest in a specific foreign policy challenge and examine ways to address the problem with USIP leaders.
Bipartisan Congressional Dialogues have tackled such hot-button national security topics as Russia’s role in Europe, negotiations with North Korea, democracy and women’s rights in Afghanistan, China’s growing international influence, ensuring effective diplomacy and development, and terrorism and evolving cybersecurity threats.
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.
Representatives Susan Davis (D-CA) and Martha Roby (R-AL), co-leaders of the annual congressional Mother’s Day visit to Afghanistan, discussed the importance of democracy and women’s rights in Afghanistan at USIP’s eleventh Bipartisan Congressional Dialogue. Rep. Davis serves on the House Armed Services Committee and Rep. Roby serves on the House Appropriations Committee.
Representatives Rick Larsen (D-WA) and Darin LaHood (R-IL), Co-Chairs of the U.S.-China Working Group, discussed security and trade issues facing the U.S.-China relationship at USIP’s tenth Bipartisan Congressional Dialogue. Rep. Larsen serves on the House Armed Services Committee and Rep. LaHood serves on the House Ways and Means Committee.
Representatives Ed Case (D-HI) and John Rutherford (R-FL), members of the House Appropriations Committee, discussed how the U.S. can address China’s power projection and coercion in the Indo-Pacific at USIP’s ninth Bipartisan Congressional Dialogue. Reps. Case and Rutherford are both members of the House Appropriations Military Construction and Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee and recently traveled to the Indo-Pacific region.
Representatives Ami Bera (D-CA) and Lee Zeldin (R-NY), leaders of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, discussed how U.S. diplomacy and development are working to achieve America’s goals and adapt to the changing global landscape at USIP’s eighth Bipartisan Congressional Dialogue. Rep. Bera is the chairman and Rep. Zeldin is the ranking member of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, which oversees U.S. diplomacy and development.
Former U.S. ambassadors Rep. Francis Rooney (R-FL) and Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) discussed their views on how soft power tools can and should be used to counter sharp power employed by global adversaries at USIP’s seventh Bipartisan Congressional Dialogue on Wednesday, November 28. Rep. Rooney is the vice chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and former U.S. ambassador to the Holy See. Rep. Beyer is the vice ranking member of the Science, Space and Technology Committee and former U.S. ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
Representatives Chris Stewart (R-UT) and Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) discussed preserving U.S. national security interests with China’s growing international influence at USIP’s sixth Bipartisan Congressional Dialogue. Both representatives are members of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs. Stewart serves on the House Intelligence Committee and Ruppersberger is a former ranking member of the committee.
Representative Ed Royce (R-CA) and Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) discussed how African conservation helps economies and hinders crime at USIP's fifth Bipartisan Congressional Dialogue. Representative Royce is Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Senator Coons is a Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Representatives Steve Russell (R-OK) and Ted Lieu (D-CA) discussed the ongoing negotiations with North Korea, their potential outcomes and the continuing role of Congress for the third event in the Bipartisan Congressional Dialogue. Representative Russell serves on the House Armed Services Committee and Representative Lieu serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and both Representatives are veterans.
Representatives Steve Pearce (R-NM) and Jim Himes (D-CT) discussed evolving cybersecurity threats to U.S. interests 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.