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Power of Parliamentary Diplomacy to Be Discussed at Helsinki Commission Hearing

WASHINGTON—The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the Helsinki Commission, today announced the following hearing:

THE POWER AND PURPOSE OF PARLIAMENTARY DIPLOMACY
Inter-Parliamentary Initiatives and the U.S. Contribution

Wednesday, February 5, 2020
9:30 a.m.
Cannon House Office Building
Room 210

Live Webcast: www.youtube.com/HelsinkiCommission

While diplomats largely drive a nation’s foreign policy, elected members of national parliaments, including the U.S. Congress, also play a crucial role in influencing policy priorities, holding governments accountable, and providing a firmer democratic foundation to the advancement of peace, cooperation, and human rights across the globe.

Through the parliamentary assemblies of organizations that play a critical role in international peace and security—the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)—parliamentarians can advance national interests on the international stage.

This hearing will examine the concept of parliamentary diplomacy, review the activities of both the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and NATO Parliamentary Assembly, and assess the ways in which they parallel and support the multilateral diplomatic efforts of governments to follow shared principles and reach common goals. Witnesses also will discuss the many current challenges facing the NATO alliance and the OSCE region, the role played by the United States Congress, and possibilities for similar parliamentary initiatives elsewhere.

The following witnesses are scheduled to participate:

  • George Tsereteli, a member of the parliament of the Republic of Georgia and President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly
  • Attila Mesterhazy, a member of the parliament of Hungary and President (Acting) of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly

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