U.S. Policy Toward National Self-Determination Movements, Hearing Before the United States House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats, One Hundred and Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, March 15, 2016   [open pdf - 2MB]

This is the March 15, 2016 hearing "U.S. Policy Toward National Self-Determination Movements" before the United States House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats. From the statement of Dana Rohrabacher: "Today we will discuss a topic that is dear to me, but quite often overlooked by too many policy experts, and that is, national self-determination, and its impact on what is going on in the world today. There have been many examples since the Second World War of self-determination movements, galvanizing local support, challenging their central authorities, and, of course, giving our State Department headaches in the process. As advocates of democratic government and human rights, we cannot help but have sympathy with the grievances of many of these self-determination movements. They are often based on legitimate complaints, and aspire to change a political structure that they quite often had no voice in creating. Yet, these groups can be cooperated by hostile outside forces, and used violently against otherwise friendly governments. The foreign policy of our government, perhaps for no better reason than for simplicity's sake, has opted to treat questions of self-determination as internal matters and existing borders as unchangeable. The word 'stability' has been invoked more times than I can count. During today's hearing, we will discuss another point of view, that self-determination movements represent a dynamic force in the history of the world that can be channeled into peaceful and legitimate political change, but we should not see--because of the fear that that is not the way it is--we should not see as tramping them down and suppressing them as our solution to that type of dynamic that is being created in a self-determination movement." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Paul R. Williams, Jason Sorens, and Ivan Vejvoda.

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