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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,…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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    Diplomatic Nominations Hearing

    The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a confirmation hearing on the nominations of William J. Burns to be undersecretary of State for political affairs, Janice L. Jacobs to be…

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    HIV AIDS Vaccine Research

    Witnesses testified about the global AIDS pandemic and the need to develop an effective HIV vaccine. Topics included levels of foreign aid and education in developing countries, the costs…

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    Future of Tibet

    Witnesses testified about recent violence in Tibet and Chinese actions to control both Tibet and surrounding provinces. Among the topics they addressed were ways to promote Tibetan culture…

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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…

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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…

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    U.S. Financial Markets and Sale of Bear Stearns

    Chairman Bernanke and others testified about the recent actions of federal financial regulators attempting to prevent damage to global financial systems. Questioning centered on whether the…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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    State Department Nominations

    Three nominees testified about their qualifications for State Department positions. James K. Glassman was nominated to be Undersecretary of State for public diplomacy with the rank of…

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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…

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    Situation in Myanmar (Burma)

    The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing on the situation in Myanmar, also known as Burma. Analysts, officials, and dissidents spoke about the government repression of…

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    U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea

    A hearing was held on the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea and potential U.S. ratification of the treaty. Among the issues addressed were implications of the treaty on efforts to combat…

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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…

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    Status of War in Iraq

    Senator Dodd spoke about deadlines for Iraq after the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing to receive a report from General Petraeus on conditions in Iraq.

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