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

CONTACT: Sam Stratman, (202) 226-7875, August 23, 2004

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9-11 Commission & U.S. Diplomacy

Hyde schedules Tuesday hearing to examine 9-11 Commission recommendations for changes within State Department


BACKGROUND: In its much-heralded report, the 9-11 Commission suggested a number of major 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 elements of the ousted and 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: 9-11 Commission Recommendations for U.S. Diplomacy

WHEN: 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 24, 2004

WHERE: 2172 Rayburn House Office Bldg.

WITNESSES: Thomas H. Kean, Chair, and Lee H. Hamilton, Vice Chair, National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States.

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