International Affairs 

Panel Chair: Arnold Fields

The Standing Panel on International Affairs focuses on the National Academy's role in the international community. It considers a broad range of issues, such as: assisting in the development of democratic institutions in transitional democracies throughout the world; addressing public management challenges in developing countries; examining the management of the U.S. government's international activities; and promoting information sharing on promising practices in public management.

In pursuit of its mission, this Standing Panel carries out a number of functions:

  • Providing technical assistance or support in public administration at home and abroad;
  • Promoting cross-border sharing of information and experience on public administration issues through conferences and forums; and
  • Training and educating public executives and staff in the U.S. to function more effectively and sensitively in a global community.

This Panel also supports training and education in public administration within countries that request assistance, and helps other nations establish public administration educational and research institutions.

Conducting research and analysis on critical international issues in governance, and formulating practical approaches to their resolution. This Panel also conducts research and analysis to distill lessons learned from past experience.

The Africa Working Group is a subcommittee of this Standing Panel.

Additional information about this Standing Panel includes:

From time to time, the Panel members invite non-Fellows to join as associate members. These individuals are invited to provide specific expertise to the Panel. If you feel that your background allows you to make a unique and significant contribution to this Panel's work contact  Lisa Trahan, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (202) 204-3648.



25 AUGUST 2017


The NAPA Standing Panel on International Relations met at a routine session on Friday, 25 August 2017 at NAPA Headquarters and hosted The Honorable Jeffrey J. Grieco, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Afghanistan-American Chamber of Commerce (AACC). AACC is the leading organization facilitating U.S.- Afghanistan business, investment, and trade relations through a combination of program, education and informational activities. Mr. Grieco is also the former United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant Administrator for Legislative and Public Affairs.  Capitalizing on his public and previous private sector experience, he delivered a compelling review of Afghanistan's current and future challenges and possible private sector led solutions.  He reviewed the Afghanistan-U.S. bilateral economic relationship and the needed steps to better engage the private sectors of the U.S. and Afghanistan in helping stabilize Afghanistan long term. 

NAPA’s President and CEO Teresa W. Gerton, together with NAPA Fellows and associates (Dr. Matthew S. Mingus, Professor and Director, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Western Michigan University, Via Video Conferencing); U.S. State Department representatives; members of the AACC Board of Directors; President and Executive Director of the International Stability Operations Association (ISOA); President of the Institute for Stabilization and Transition (IST); and other distinguished guests attended this very informative and lively session.

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Academy Fellow, Arnold Fields (Right)

Academy Fellow Arnold Fields Speaks at Africa Security Symposium

Academy Fellow Major General Arnold Field, U.S. Marine Corps (RET), NAPA Chairman of NAPA’s Standing Panel on International Affairs, was Conference Chair at the second Africa Security Symposium, a two-day event hosted by GRV Global on June 20th and 21st. This annual gathering seeks to further peace and security in Africa by taking advantage of public-private partnerships.

Fields stressed the need for conversation among government, non-government, and private sector leaders to debate, discuss, and solve security issues. He highlighted the need to cultivate expertise, invest in technology, and increase collaboration with regional and international communities.

On the first day, Major General Fields spoke on stage to welcome all attendees and thanked them for their time, while providing an outline of discussion themes. The event panels emphasized regional relations, collaboration, and communication in the morning, while the afternoon was spent in meetings to give local officials the opportunity to network and discuss stability efforts.  On the second day, Major General Fields recapped the most important information from the prior day and introduced the day’s proceedings. Key topics covered were counter-terrorism, border operations, infrastructure protection, and capacity-building.

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