Serial No. 109-132: U.S. Security Policy in Central Asia (Part I), Hearing Before the Subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia of the Committee on International Relations, House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, First Session, October 27, 2005 [open pdf - 628KB]
This is the October 27, 2005 hearing "U.S. Security Policy in Central Asia (Part I)" held before the U.S. House Subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia. From the opening statement of Christopher H. Smith: "Mr. Chairman, the peoples of Central Asia are all confronting the legacy of 70 years of Soviet Communism. Despite our hopes and modest expectations that these nations would matriculate from dictatorships to democracies, the disappointing reality over the last 15 years is that most are moving in the wrong direction. Moreover, in all countries of the region, super presidents dominate the political arena while their families, friends, and favorite few exploit the country's natural resources. Legislatures and judiciaries have languished, while the leaders maintain tight control of the most important media outlets. Yet, despite these similarities, the five countries of Central Asia run the gamut from the standpoint of democratization and human rights observance." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Thaddeus G. McCotter, Christopher H. Smith, Daniel Fried, and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.
Serial No. 109-132
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