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    Violence in the Central African Republic

    Witnesses assessed ongoing violence in the Central African Republic. Earlier in December Christian militias attacked the capital of the Central African Republic, leading to clashes with the…

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    Africa Political, Economic and Security Issues

    Witnesses testified on political, economic and security issues in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya. Panel One: Alina Romanowski, deputy assistant administrator, Middle East Bureau, U.S.…

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    Afghanistan War Transition

    State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) officials gave the Senate Foreign Relations Committee an update on the ISAF & NATO operational transition in…

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    Disability Rights and International Law, Panel 2

    Law and disabilities experts testified before a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

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    Disability Rights and International Law, Panel 1

    Secretary of State John Kerry testified about the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. He urged senators to ratify the treaty and pledged to work with lawmakers who…

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    State Department Nominations

    The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a confirmation for three State Department nominations. The nominations were Heather Higginbottom to be deputy secretary of state for management…

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    Typhoon Haiyan Response

    Witnesses testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs on the U.S. response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. They said the U.S. response…

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    Disabilities Rights and International Law

    Witnesses testified on the Disability Treaty, a law that, if ratified, would extend Americans' disability rights to disabled people in foreign countries.

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    Syrian Civil War

    Experts on Syria testified on the country’s civil war and the Obama administration’s approach to the conflict. Among the issues addressed were the flow of refugees to other countries, efforts to…

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    Iran's Nuclear Program

    Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman testified at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the status of Iran’s nuclear program. Other witnesses included former Obama and Bush administration State Department…

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    Terrorist Threat in Somalia

    Witnesses testified about efforts by Somalia, the U.S., and the international community to eliminate terrorist threats to Somalia’s security, such as the al-Qaida affiliated al-Shabaab. The previous…

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    State Department Nominations Hearing

    The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing on the nominations Anne Patterson to oversee near Eastern affairs, and Gregory Starr to deal with diplomatic security.

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    Ambassador to Japan Nomination Hearing

    The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing on the nomination of Caroline Kennedy to be U.S. ambassador to Japan. Ms. Kennedy answered questions on trade, nuclear reactor safety,…

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    Senate Markup on Military Force in Syria

    The Senate Foreign Relations Committee marked up and approved a resolution on authorization for the use of military force in Syria in response to use of chemical weapons against civilians…

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    Authorization for Use of Military Force in Syria

    Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Joint Chiefs Chair Martin Dempsey testified on the Obama administrations’s case for the use of military force against…

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    Vatican, Italy, and Austria Ambassadorial Nomination Hearing

    The Senate Foreign Relations Committee considered President Obama’s nominations of John Phillips to be ambassador to Italy and San Marino, Kenneth Hackett to be ambassador to the Holy See,…

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    Improving Embassy Security

    Security officials testified on their progress toward implementing the Embassy Security and Personnel Protection Act of 2013, which aims to prevent future attacks on U.S. diplomatic posts.…

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    State Department and Ambassadorial Nominations

    The Senate Foreign Relations Committee considered several State Department nominations. They were Steve Linick for inspector general, Evan Ryan as assistant secretary of state for educational and…

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    Political Upheaval in Egypt

    Witnesses testified on recent political upheaval in Egypt in which after the country’s military removed the democratically-elected Islamist President Mohammed Morsi from power amidst popular…

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    United Nations Ambassador Nomination Hearing

    The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a nomination hearing for Samantha Power to serve as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Ms. Power was pressed by several committee members on previous statements she had made about U.S.…

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