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 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.
On July 17, 2018, Representatives Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) and Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) discussed how African conservation helps economies and hinders crime at USIP's fifth Bipartisan Congressional Dialogue.
On June 20, 2018, Representatives Francis Rooney (R-FL) and Bill Keating (D-MA) discussed “Russia: 21st Century Disruptor in Europe” at USIP’s fourth Bipartisan Congressional Dialogue. Both Representatives are Members of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats.
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.
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.