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

CONTACT: Sam Stratman, (202) 226-7875, October 26, 2005

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U.S. Security Policy in Central Asia
Ros-Lehtinen Schedules Thursday Hearing

BACKGROUND:  After September 11, 2001, U.S. policy emphasized bolstering the security of the Central Asian states to help them combat terrorism, proliferation, and arms trafficking.  Other strategic interests include internal reforms such as democratization, free markets, human rights, and energy development. Administration policy also aims to integrate these states into the international community so that they follow responsible security policies, and to discourage the growth of Islamist extremist and terrorist organizations that threaten peace and stability.  This hearing seeks to address the Administrationís security policy goals and priorities in Central Asia to include activities, operations, programs, and assistance. 

WHAT:                             Oversight Hearing:
                                          U.S. Security Policy in Central Asia
                                          Subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia

                                          U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chair

WHEN:                             10:30 a.m., Thursday, October 27, 2005

WHERE:                           Room 2200 Rayburn House Office Building

WITNESSES:                   Daniel Fried,
                                           Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, U.S. Department of State;

                                           Frank C. Record (Accompanying Witness-not providing testimony)
                                           Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation,
                                           U.S. Department of State; and

                                           David Franz (Accompanying Witness-not providing testimony),
                                           Central Asia Regional Officer, Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism,
                                           U.S. Department of State.

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