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Advancing U.S. Interests in the OSCE Region

Wednesday, October 28, 2009
SVC 210/212 (Capitol Visitor Center)
Washington, DC 20515
United States
Official Transcript: 
Members: 
Name: 
Hon. Ben Cardin
Title Text: 
Chairman
Body: 
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Name: 
Hon. Alcee Hastings
Title Text: 
Co-Chairman
Body: 
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Name: 
Hon. Chris Smith
Title Text: 
Ranking Minority Member
Body: 
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Witnesses: 
Name: 
Hon. Philip H. Gordon
Title: 
Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs
Body: 
Department of State
Name: 
Hon. Michael H. Posner
Title: 
Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor
Body: 
Department of State
Name: 
Hon. Alexander Vershbow
Title: 
Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs
Body: 
Department of Defense

The hearing examined U.S. policy toward the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the largest regional security organization in the world, ahead of a meeting of foreign ministers to be held in Athens in early December.  Greece held the chairmanship of the 56-nation OSCE focused on enhancing security, promoting economic cooperation, and advancing democracy and human rights in 2009. Kazakhstan assumes the chairmanship in January, 2010.

The Commission will examine timely issues, including: security arrangements in Europe, simmering tensions in the Caucasus region, relations with Russia and the countries of the former Soviet Union, developments in the Balkans, OSCE engagement on Afghanistan and developments in Central Asia.  The hearing will also assess ongoing efforts to combat anti-Semitism and other forms of intolerance and backsliding on fundamental freedoms.

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