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

  • June 8, 2018

    Sec. Pompeo Prioritizing International Religious Freedom

    Sean Hansen in Diplomacy | June 8, 2018

    Secretary Pompeo recently wrapped up his first month at the State Department with the launch of the 2017 Report on International Religious Freedom — part of his first signature policy initiative at the State Department. In releasing the report, Secretary Pompeo emphasized that “Advancing liberty and religious freedom advances America’s interests,” and that “religious freedom deserves to be a front-burner issue.”

  • May 18, 2018

    As Ebola Threat Returns, White House Cuts Funding

    Sean Hansen in Congress, Global Development | May 18, 2018

    This week, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) announced that a deadly new outbreak of Ebola has spread to Mbandaka, a large city in the DRC with a population of over one million. As news of the outbreak spread, the White House announced its intention to rescind approximately $252 million in U.S. funding for the fight against Ebola.

  • April 12, 2018

    As V.P. Pence Heads to the Summit of the Americas, 4 Key Issues to Watch

    Sean Hansen in Diplomacy | April 12, 2018

    Vice President Mike Pence will represent the United States at the Eighth Summit of the Americas in Peru this weekend. The trip takes place against the backdrop of a host of policy challenges in the region, including economic disputes, concerns about illicit drug flows, and a humanitarian crisis. Here are some key opportunities and challenges that should be top of mind for the Vice President as he touches down in Lima:

  • March 23, 2018

    To Prevent Disease “X”, Invest in America’s Health Security

    Sean Hansen in Congress, Global Development | March 23, 2018

    Recognizing how difficult it can be to predict epidemics, the World Health Organization recently declared that the unknown “Disease X” is likely the most deadly infectious disease facing the public today. Considering that it takes just 36 hours for deadly pathogens to spread anywhere in the world, “Disease X” could prove even more devastating than the recent Ebola and Zika outbreaks.

  • January 11, 2018

    Poverty is Sexist.

    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.