In January 2009, the next president and Congress will have to find consensus on an agenda to confront the many challenges our nation faces overseas. Regardless of the outcome in November, America's foreign policy can only be fully successful with support from both sides of the aisle.
On September 11 -- when the intense partisan battles of the election season were set aside for a day of national remembrance -- the Partnership for a Secure America and The Century Foundation brought together Democrats and Republicans to seek consensus on national security issues.
In Bipartisan Dialogue: Finding Common Ground for a Secure America, high-level advisors to both parties discuss foreign policy and national security solutions that both sides can support- The Century Foundation
Thomas Kean, chair, is former governor of New Jersey (1982-1990) and, since 1990, the president of Drew University.
Kean also served for ten years in the New Jersey Assembly, rising to the positions of majority
leader, minority leader, and speaker. As governor, he served on the President's Education Policy Advisory Committee and as chair of the Education Commission of the States and the National Governor's Association Task Force on Teaching. While president of Drew, Kean has served on several national committees and commissions.
He headed the American delegation to the UN Conference on Youth in Thailand, served as vice chairman of the American delegation to the World Conference on Women in Beijing; and served as a member of the President's Initiative on Race. He also served on the National Endowment for Democracy.
He is chair of the Newark Alliance and the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and former chair of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Educate America, and the National Environmental Education and Training Foundation. Kean is on the board of a number of organizations including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National Council of the World Wildlife Fund.
He holds a B.A. from Princeton University and an M.A. from Columbia University Teachers College, as well as more than 25 honorary degrees and numerous awards from environmental and educational organizations.
Amb Thomas R Pickering
Thomas Pickering is vice chairman of Hills & Company, an international consulting firm providing advice to U.S. businesses on investment, trade, and risk assessment issues abroad, particularly in emerging market economies. He retired in 2006 as senior vice president of international relations for Boeing Company, where he was responsible for relations with foreign governments and the company's globalization. He has had a career spanning five decades as a U.S. diplomat, serving as under secretary of state for political affairs, ambassador to the U.N., and ambassador to Russia, India, Israel, Nigeria, Jordan, and El Salvador. He holds the personal rank of Career Ambassador, the highest in the U.S. Foreign Service. He has held numerous other positions at the State Department, including executive secretary and special assistant to Secretaries Rogers and Kissinger and assistant secretary for the bureau of oceans, environmental and scientific affairs. Pickering is a member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies and the Council on Foreign Relations.
Theodore Chaikin "Ted" Sorensen is of Counsel at the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and writer.
Sorensen is best known as President John F. Kennedy's Special Counsel & Adviser, legendary speechwriter, and "alter ego." President Kennedy once called him his "intellectual blood bank."
Thomas Kean, former Governor of New Jersey and Chairman of the 9/11 Commission, discusses the increasing rift between Republican and Democratic politicians in Washington, and argues that the root of the problem is their lack of personal interaction.
Governor Thomas Kean and John F. Kennedy advisor and speechwriter Ted Sorensen discuss the danger America faces from being perceived negatively on the world stage, and suggest ways in which its image can be improved. They stress that international understanding is vital for the safety and future of America.
Thomas Kean, Ted Sorensen, and Thomas Pickering explore the role of lobbying and private financing in politics. They agree that while there is certainly a line businesses should not cross, private interests are not necessarily evil, and do play a vital role in giving a voice to the people.