Washington – The United States Helsinki Commission will hold a hearing to examine how the U.S. can best utilize the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to advance its political, security and humanitarian interests.
Advancing U.S. Interests through the OSCE
Wednesday, September 15, 2004
10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
334 Cannon House Office Building
The Honorable A. Elizabeth Jones, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs
The Honorable Stephen G. Rademaker, Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control
The Honorable Michael G. Kozak, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
The OSCE has been a pioneer in defining an integrated approach to security, one in which human rights and economic well-being are as key to a nation’s stability as are traditional military forces. It remains not only the largest trans-Atlantic organization, but the one with the broadest definition of security. The OSCE has also created the most innovative habits of dialogue and collective action of any multilateral organization in the world.
The focus of the hearing will be how the OSCE can be used most effectively to highlight and advance the interests of the United States. Among the subjects to be covered will be objectives for the December meeting of Foreign Ministers in Sofia; recent high-impact security initiatives; expectations for the upcoming Human Dimension Implementation Meeting in Warsaw; and refining and strengthening the OSCE.