U.S. Role and Strategy in the Middle East, Hearing Before the Full Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, October 28, 2015   [open pdf - 558KB]

This is a testimony compilation of the October 28, 2015 hearing "The U.S. Role and Strategy in the Middle East" held before the Full Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. From the testimony of Ambassador Anne W. Patterson: "Mr. Chairman, the growth of violent extremist groups, particularly ISIL [Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant] - that prey on societies with weak or failed governments and that draw on support from the region and around the world - is unprecedented and creating new threats. As a consequence, the region is experiencing large-scale humanitarian suffering as well as widespread destruction and economic collapse, undermining efforts to end the violence. We have important national interests in the region to pursue, from counter-terrorism cooperation to coordination on military issues to investment opportunities for American companies. The dedicated women and men at the State Department are engaged throughout the region and with the international community to press for steps toward peace and stability and promote urgently needed reforms in support of our critical national security interests." Statements, letters, and other materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Anne Patterson and John R. Allen

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