On September 1, the German Marshall Fund partnered with Oxfam America to host a panel discussion on "The Future of Foreign Assistance: Effective Development and National Security." The event was one of several in a series the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs organized during the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota. (At the Democratic National Convention in Denver, GMF co-sponsored a conference hosted by the National Democratic Institute.) GMF Senior Transatlantic Fellow Jim Kolbe and Oxfam America President Ray Offenheiser were two of seven panelists who addressed the role of development in an increasingly interconnected world and emphasized the importance of U.S. aid modernization under a new administration. Other panelists included Richard Fontaine, Senior Foreign Policy Advisor, McCain '08; Representative John Boozman (R-AK); Andrew Natsios, former USAID administrator; Vin Weber, former Member of Congress (R-MN), currently at the National Endowment of Democracy; and Ambassador Michael Wilson, Canadian Ambassador to the United States. The panel was introduced by Brian Atwood, former USAID administrator and dean of the Humphrey Institute, and moderated by Matt McLean, vice president of Congressional and public affairs at the Millennium Challenge Corporation.