Serial No. 109-219: Assessing Energy and Security Issues in Central Asia: Hearing before the Subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia of the Committee on International Relations, House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, July 25, 2006 [open pdf - 2MB]
From the opening statement of Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: "The developments in Central Asia are of a tremendous significance to United States energy and security interests in the region. Since gaining their independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, United States focus on Central Asia has increased dramatically, as indicated by American efforts to protect the sovereignty, freedom and democracy of these newly independent states. Our interests in Central Asia were further magnified after the vicious terror attacks against our Nation on September 11, as greater cooperation with the region was needed to fight Islamist extremists worldwide and to address broader strategic objectives, including the growing problem of dependency on Middle East energy supplies. Our efforts in the energy arena go hand-in-hand with our political efforts of helping the governments in the region establish stable democratic institutions and protect human rights, while eradicating the illegal drug trade and fighting Islamist terrorism. Unfortunately, the region's ability to profit from their energy resources in the past has been limited by Russia's monopoly over transporting Central Asia's oil and gas. By continuing to support diversification of pipelines, we will ensure a free flow of energy supplies to Western consumers and expand Central Asia's economy through investment and development." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Steven R. Mann, Lana Ekimoff, Zenyo Baran, Steven Blank, Ariel Cohen, and Robert Ebel.
Serial No. 109-219
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