Diplomacy or Dead End: An Evaluation of Syria Policy, Hearing Before the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, One Hundred Sixteenth Congress, Second Session, December 9, 2020   [open pdf - 4MB]

This is the December 9, 2020 hearing on "Diplomacy or Dead End: An Evaluation of Syria Policy," held before the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs. From the opening statement of Eliot Engel: "My bill passed the House three times before becoming law last year. The anniversary of its enactment prompted me to call this hearing today. How is the Caesar Act being used to end the conflict? Are we closer to a more peaceful and stable future for the Syrian people? At a time when ISIS [Islamic State of Iraq and Syria] is reconstituting in Syria, how can we ensure that they and other violent terrorist organizations are not able to exploit Assad's continued presence to win the propaganda war? Congress must be part of the solution. Getting Syria right will not be easy, as the last few years have shown us. We will not find a silver bullet in a grand bargain, geopolitical positioning, humanitarian assistance, or military action. Ending the violence and getting the Syrian people on the path to a brighter future will require some fresh thinking. I appreciate the fact that the next administration faces a wide range of pressing crises and critical negotiations around the world, but I would urge: please do not forget about the Syrian people. [...] I hope we can agree that refugees should always have a place in our country. I also hope that the next administration will welcome Syrians who have been pushed from their homes, as well as other desperate people from around the world." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Joel D. Rayburn.

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Serial No. 116-138
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