Political, Economic, and Security Situation in North Africa, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South And Central Asian Affairs of the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, November 21, 2013 [open pdf - 311KB]
This is from the November 21, 2014 hearing on "Political, Economic, and Security Situation in North Africa," held before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. From the opening statement of Tim Kaine: "While the political and societal debates will go on for a long time, as they do here, the deterioration of security conditions recently has raised important questions and has raised the stakes certainly for local citizens and communities, and also for the United States and our interests. Violent extremist groups appear to be exploiting porous borders in the region and the weaknesses of security forces across North Africa. Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, [AQIM], its affiliates and breakaway factions, and movements referring to themselves as Ansar al-Sharia are also capitalizing on divisive and entity issues, as well as popular frustrations with the slow pace of reforms in these transitional states. AQIM at this point […] does not appear to pose an imminent threat to the United States outside of North and West Africa, but we are all concerned about its capacity to strike at civilian populations, at allied nations, and at United States and other Western interests, and also the role of these groups in regional arms trafficking and ties to other extremist organizations. I know we have witnesses who are very well prepared to talk about this today. Since late 2010, U.S. policy has sought to encourage greater political openness and participation in North Africa while not undermining other foreign policy priorities, especially the efforts to combat terrorism. I want to hear about that balance." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Amanda Dory, Thomas Joscelyn, Alina Romanowski, Richard Schmierer, and Frederic Wehrey.
S. Hrg. 113-156
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