Syria: Options and Implications for Lebanon and the Region, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs of the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Tenth Congress, First Session, November 8, 2007   [open pdf - 225KB]

From the opening statement of John F. Kerry: "This is not the first time that we've taken a hard look at the potential role that Syria could play in the Middle East, and we've had debates before, here, about whether to talk to this regime. Senior statesmen from both parties, from Lee Hamilton to Secretary Baker, have weighed in on the potentially critical role that Syria could play in advancing primary national security interests, and particularly with respect to preserving democracy in Lebanon. But also in stabilizing Iraq and advancing the Middle East peace process, dealing with Iran, and combating terrorism. We're at a critical moment in Lebanon and the rest of the Middle East. And so, we very much look forward to hearing your views on Syria's role in these regional questions, and also sharing with us some thoughts about the administration's potential leverage sources with Syria, and its overall strategy with Syria for going forward." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Norm Coleman, Emile El-Hokayem, John F. Kerry, David W. Lesch, Richard G. Lugar, Robert Malley, C. David Welch, Joseph Biden, Robert Casey, and Christopher J. Dodd.

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S. Hrg. 110-512; Senate Hearing 110-512
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