U.S. Policy in North Africa, Hearing Before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, November 4, 2015   [open pdf - 1MB]

This is a testimony compilation of the November 4, 2015 hearing on "U.S. Policy in North Africa" held before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. From the opening statement of Haim Malka: "The Maghreb states of North Africa have been marginal to U.S. strategy for decades, yet changes in the region since early 2011 make it increasingly central to a wide range of U.S. interests. These include: security and the fight against violent extremism, political reform in the Arab world, and U.S. security and economic interests in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. The U.S. government has acknowledged these shifts in North Africa through modest increases in foreign assistance, most importantly to Tunisia. The Tunisian people inspired millions after deposing a longtime dictator, and set in motion tectonic shifts across the Arab world. In my judgment, however, U.S. engagement has not yet matched the importance of the Maghreb. We ignore the region at our own risk." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Mr. Haim Malka and Dr. William Lawrence.

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