Sean Hansen

Sean Hansen, Government Relations & Policy Associate

Sean Hansen comes to the USGLC after working on Capitol Hill in the office of Rep. Adam Kinzinger, where he assisted on foreign policy issues. Prior to that, he served as Policy Intern at the USGLC. Sean’s interest in international affairs developed from summers spent sailing the world aboard an 18th century replica tall-ship, the HMS Bounty. He holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the State University of New York at Geneseo, where he specialized in conflict resolution and U.S. foreign policy, and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in international development at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. Sean is a proud Long Islander, hailing from Setauket, NY.

Posts by Sean Hansen

  • January 11, 2018

    Poverty is Sexist. Here’s What the U.S. Is Doing to Fix It

    Sean Hansen in Economic Prosperity, Global Development | January 11, 2018

    In El Salvador, Lula Mena’s hand-made jewelry business is thriving. Thanks to critical business training and export assistance from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Lula now exports her goods to eight countries. But the impact of Lula’s success extends far beyond her own family.

  • November 17, 2017

    Shifting Gears – How Countries Transition From Aid Recipient to U.S. Partner?

    Sean Hansen in Congress, Economic Prosperity, Global Development | November 17, 2017

    At the heart of USAID Administrator Mark Green’s vision for the agency is “to end the need for its existence,” and a desire to transition countries that may no longer need development assistance to a new relationship with the United States. But against the backdrop of the proposed 32% cut to the International Affairs Budget, there have been some concerns that “transitions” could serve as a cover for cutting aid budgets and closing missions.


  • October 6, 2017

    From the Heartland: Bernie Sanders Outlines Foreign Policy Vision

    Sean Hansen in Congress, Diplomacy | October 6, 2017

    Last month, former presidential candidate and liberal icon Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) traveled to America’s heartland to lay out his vision of a progressive foreign policy. Speaking at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, Sanders’ hour-long speech outlining how he views America’s role in the world was the most comprehensive of his career to date.

  • August 29, 2017

    Venezuela: A Crisis in our Own Backyard

    Sean Hansen in Diplomacy, National Security | August 29, 2017

    During Vice President Pence’s recent trip to Latin America, he commented on the situation in Venezuela by saying “we’re seeing the tragedy of tyranny play out before our eyes.” In his speech, Pence highlighted the sharp contrast between the U.S. allies and partners he visited – such as Colombia – with the increasingly isolated Venezuela.

  • July 21, 2017

    What’s Next for Mosul, and What It Means for the U.S.

    Sean Hansen | July 21, 2017

    Congress will soon determine the levels of U.S. assistance available to Mosul and other global humanitarian crises. Rebuilding Mosul will be a critical test and an enormous challenge, yet the future of Iraq— and the future of America’s presence abroad— may well depend on what emerges from the city’s rubble.

  • June 22, 2017

    Reasons for Optimism at USAID

    Sean Hansen in Congress, Global Development | June 22, 2017

    After sailing through his nomination hearing with strong bipartisan support, senators on the Foreign Relations Committee and other development leaders have called for a speedy confirmation for Ambassador Mark Green as the 18th Administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development. While he will face a host of other challenges— including the largest humanitarian crisis since World War II, and a budget proposal that seeks drastic cuts to USAID— he remains hopeful about the opportunities and improvements that have been made at the agency.

  • May 1, 2017

    What’s Behind the Resurgence of Somali Pirates, Why it Matters

    Sean Hansen in Global Development, National Security | May 1, 2017

    Last week, the Pentagon issued a security warning to commercial shipping companies regarding international piracy—following a recent spike in attacks off the coast of Somalia. While this should cause American shipping companies to be on high alert with nearly one-third of the world’s commercial ships passing through this region, it is perhaps more indicative of how closely tied global security is to the world’s current humanitarian emergencies.

  • March 15, 2017

    Republicans and Democrats Agree: Foreign Aid Cuts Would Hurt U.S. National Security

    Sean Hansen in Congress, Diplomacy, Global Development | March 15, 2017

    Today, the Administration today released its FY18 “skinny” budget, which would slash the State Department and USAID by 31% from current levels, cut the Treasury Department’s International Programs by 35%, and eliminate five agencies associated with the International Affairs Budget. The draconian and disproportionate cuts to these programs—which have long been key pillars of U.S. national security—would take funding levels for development and diplomacy programs back to levels not seen since 9/11. Here are just a few of the many Congressional leaders who have spoken out against these cuts, or in support of America’s civilian tools of development and diplomacy.

  • January 27, 2017

    3 Reasons Why the New Administration Should Focus on Africa

    Sean Hansen in Diplomacy, Economic Prosperity, Global Development | January 27, 2017

    While we wait to see who will lead the MCC and USAID in the Trump Administration, one thing is certain: Africa should be seen as both an opportunity as well as a challenge to America’s efforts to reduce global poverty and promote economic growth. If the Trump Administration seeks to leave a lasting legacy by improving global stability and economic growth, Africa should be at the center of its plans.

  • October 3, 2016

    A Hemisphere Without War?

    Sean Hansen in Diplomacy, Global Development, National Security | October 3, 2016

    The people of Colombia surprised the world this weekend by narrowly rejecting— by .04%— a peace deal to end the conflict with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. The reasons for the rejection largely revolved around the issue of transitional justice, as the agreement would have granted many rebel fighters amnesty if they confessed their crimes, leaving some Colombians feeling that FARC leaders were escaping justice. While emergency negotiations have been restarted, both sides have vowed that they will not return to fighting.