Reevaluating U.S. Policy in Central Asia, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs of the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, First Session, December 15, 2009 [open pdf - 216KB]
From the opening statement of Robert P. Casey, Jr.: "This hearing will examine why Central Asia is important, what United States policy interests are in the region, and how the United States will implement these policies in the coming years. The Obama administration has just completed an internal review of our policy toward Central Asia, and we look forward to hearing the results of that review today. The countries of Central Asia are strategically important to the United States, due in large part to geography. The region shares borders with Afghanistan, Iran, China, and Russia. United States interests in recent years have centered on the role that Central Asia plays in Operation Enduring Freedom, but it is also important that we examine the issues and challenges that face the region in isolation. [...] So, while this hearing will focus on the main issues confronting the region, any examination of United States policy toward Central Asia must start with the conflicts in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In that same testimony, Director of National Intelligence Blair warned that the growing challenges to Central Asia's stability ultimately, and I quote, 'could threaten the security of critical U.S. and NATO [North Atlantic Treaty Organization] lines of communication to Afghanistan through Central Asia.' [...] From the threats to loose nuclear materiels to the rise of violent Islamic extremism, from the challenges posed by poverty, weak democratic institutions, as well as challenges posed by energy, U.S. engagement in the region requires a strategic and long-term approach." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Stephen J. Blank, Robert P. Casey, Jr., George A. Krol, John F. Kerry, Martha Brill Olcott, and David S. Sedney.
S. Hrg. 111-433; Senate Hearing 111-433
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