Committee on International Relations
U.S. House of Representatives
Henry J. Hyde, Chairman

CONTACT: Sam Stratman, (202) 226-7875, August 18, 2004

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Defending America:
State Department's
Mission in Age of Terrorism

HIRC schedules Thursday hearing to examine 9-11 Commission recommendations for changes in American diplomacy


BACKGROUND: Among the recommendations contained in its report, the 9-11 Commission proposes significant changes in the way America conducts its international diplomacy. Chief among the recommendations are proposals to: identify and prioritize actual or potential terrorist sanctuaries around the globe; foster greater cooperation among nations to develop joint strategies for targeting travel by terrorists; strengthen counterproliferation efforts among nations to prevent terrorist groups from acquiring weapons of mass destruction; implement more aggressive law enforcement efforts to curb trade in bogus passports and visas; provide greater assistance to the Afghan central government to help extend its authority and outreach toward regional leaders, some of whom remain allied with the discredited Taliban regime; urge broader democratic reform in the Middle East; adopt a more aggressive outreach by the United States to explain American policy and actions in defense of freedom, including increased use of broadcasts and exchange programs targeted at the Middle East; and develop a comprehensive strategy to counter the role of terrorists by promoting economic policies around the globe that foster economic development, more open societies and opportunities for people to improve their lives. 

WHAT: Oversight Hearing: Defending America: The State Department's Mission in the Age of Terrorism

WHEN: 10:00 a.m., Thursday, August 19, 2004

WHERE: 2172 Rayburn House Office Bldg.


Panel I:

Christopher Kojm
, Deputy Executive Director, National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States; and Susan Ginsburg, Team Leader for Border Security and Foreign Visitors, National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States.  

Panel II:
(All within the U.S. Department of State)

J. Cofer Black
, Coordinator for Counterterrorism; Patricia de Stacy Harrison, Acting Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs; Maura Harty, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Consular Affairs; Earl Anthony Wayne, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs; Francis X. Taylor, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Diplomatic Security and Director of the Office of Foreign Missions; Christina B. Rocca, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South Asian Affairs; Philo Dibble, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs; and James W. Swigert, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Organization Affairs.

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