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  • Military Role in Foreign Policy
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    Military Role in Foreign Policy

    A hearing was held on the expanding role of the military in foreign policy. The first panel of witnesses consisted of state and defense department officials. The second panel comprised experts,…

  • US Policy Toward Iran
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    U.S. Policy Toward Iran

    William Burns testified about U.S. policy toward Iran. Among the topics they addressed were the impact of military operations in Iraq on relations with Iran, the status of efforts to impose…

  • USPakistan Relations
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    U.S.-Pakistan Relations

    A hearing was held on upcoming legislation which would lay the foundation for a new approach to relations with Pakistan. The first witness panel consisted of Administration officials.…

  • USChina Relations
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    U.S.-China Relations

    This was the first of a series of hearings on China and was entitled "U.S.-China Relations in the Era of Globalization". The first panel consisted of Deputy Secretary of State John…

  • US Policy on Darfur
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    U.S. Policy on Darfur

    Witnesses testified about the ongoing situation in Darfur, the status of a U.N. peacekeeping mission in the region, lack of progress on political and humanitarian issues, deteriorating…

  • Report on Iraq
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    Report on Iraq

    General Patraeus and Ambassador Crocker testified on the situation in Iraq and progress made by the government of Iraq in meeting benchmarks for progress and achieving reconciliation. Both…

  • Political Developments in Iraq
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    Political Developments in Iraq

    Witnesses testified about political developments in Iraq. Topics included the central rationale for the surge and whether it has achieved its strategic purpose, attempting to involve Iraq’s…

  • Security Situation in Iraq
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    Security Situation in Iraq

    Retired Army officers and others testified about the effects of the U.S. troop buildup, or surge. It was suggested that the U.S. begin withdrawing troops because it cannot sustain the…

  • US Policy Toward Pakistan
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    U.S. Policy Toward Pakistan

    A hearing was held on the situation in Pakistan since the parliamentary elections on February 18, 2008. Topics included aid to Pakistan, the transition of power after the defeat of President…

  • Fiscal Year 2009 Foreign Relations Budget
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    Fiscal Year 2009 Foreign Relations Budget

    Secretary Rice testified about the proposed fiscal year 2009 foreign affairs budget which contains a 16 percent increase for the State Department. Other topics included the war in Iraq,…

  • Situation in Afghanistan
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    Situation in Afghanistan

    Witnesses provided an updated assessment of a strategy for turning the tide in Afghanistan. Recent reports concluding that the mission in Afghanistan may fail without prompt action were…

  • Status of War in Iraq
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    Status of War in Iraq

    General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker testified about military operations in Iraq, recommendations for future Iraq policy, and the ability of the Iraqi Parliament to meet the security challenges of…

  • USIndia Nuclear Cooperation Agreement
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    U.S.-India Nuclear Cooperation Agreement

    Secretary Rice testified about the Indian government’s “Civil-Military Separation Plan” which sets a framework for splitting civilian nuclear energy and research programs from military…

  • Operations in Iraq
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    Operations in Iraq

    Ambassador Crocker testifies by video conference from Baghdad about political stability, progress toward U.S. benchmarks for reconstruction, the security situation, as well as military and…

  • US Policy Toward Iraq
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    U.S. Policy Toward Iraq

    Secretary Rice testified about the Bush administration’s latest Iraq policy and plans to add 21,500 troops to the forces stationed in Iraq in an effort to bring greater security to the…

  • Alternative Plans for Iraq
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    Alternative Plans for Iraq

    Witnesses testified about U.S. strategy in Iraq and various alternatives to proposed plans by the Bush administration to bring security and an end to sectarian violence in the region. Among…

  • Situation in Darfur
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    Situation in Darfur

    Witnesses testified about plans to stop the genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan. Witness made several recommendations including a comprehensive agreement resulting from one negotiation…

  • Fiscal Year 2008 State Department Budget
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    Fiscal Year 2008 State Department Budget

    Secretary Rice testified about the proposed fiscal year 2008 budget for the State Department. She also talked about foreign policy options in the Middle East, operations in Iraq, efforts to…

  • Strategy for Iraq
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    Strategy for Iraq

    The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing on strategy and operations in Iraq. Chairmen of the Iraq Study Group testified about their report and recommendations for future policy…

  • Negroponte Nomination Hearing
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    Negroponte Nomination Hearing

    The Senate Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing on the nomination of John Negroponte to be deputy secretary of State. He testified on a number of issues including regional stability…

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