Testimony

Testimony by CFR fellows and experts before Congress.

Assessing the Case for Striking Syria

Author: Stephen D. Biddle

In his testimony before the House Committee on Homeland Security, Stephen Biddle acknowledges that neither the case for nor against using force in Syria is without serious costs and risks. He evaluates the five main goals an attack might be designed to achieve: deterring further CW use and upholding norms against the employment of such weapons; preserving U.S. credibility; enabling a negotiated settlement to the war; toppling Assad and his government; and ending the humanitarian crisis by saving civilian lives.

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Improving the Effectiveness of Border Enforcement

Author: Edward Alden

In his testimony before the House Committee on Homeland Security's Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, Edward Alden argues that the past two decades of border build-up is producing results and the government should now focus on improving effectiveness rather than increasing resources.

Refocusing U.S.-Mexico Security Cooperation

Author: Shannon K. O'Neil

In her testimony before the Senate Subcommmittee on Western Hemisphere and Global Narcotics Affairs, Shannon K. O'Neil discusses the United States' bilateral security relationship with Mexico and argues that a strong and safe Mexico will have positive benefits for the United States, while a dangerous Mexico will have repercussions far beyond the southern U.S. border.

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Russian Civil Society and U.S. Policy

Author: Stephen Sestanovich

In his testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Stephen Sestanovich discusses Russia's human rights situation and how America's concern for the state of Russian democracy reflects a commitment to partnership between the two countries.

Grading States For Not Degrading People: Human Trafficking Assessments

Author: Mark P. Lagon

Ambassador Mark P. Lagon's testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee of Foreign Affairs' Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations discussed the rankings of individual states in the annual Trafficking in Persons Report released by the State Department's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP office). Ambassador Lagon called on the advice of experts in the TIP office to be heeded and the report be reflective of the situation on the ground rather than be politically expedient.

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Prospects for Afghanistan’s 2014 Election

Author: Max Boot

In his testimony before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and Subcommittee on Near East and South and Central Asian Affairs, Max Boot discusses the future of Afghanistan after U.S. troops withdraw in 2014, and outlines modest steps President Obama can take to prevent a civil war and possible return to Taliban rule.

Geopolitical Consequences of U.S. Natural Gas Exports

Author: Michael A. Levi

In his testimony before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs' Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade, Michael A. Levi discusses the geopolitical consequences of a Department of Energy decision on liquid natural gas exports; the geopolitical consequences of exports themselves; and steps that the United States could take domestically to increase support for liquid natural gas exports.

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The Sources of Iranian Conduct

Author: Ray Takeyh

In his testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Middle East and North Africa, Ray Takeyh discusses Iran's political history and how it influences the Islamic Republic's commitment to its nuclear program and radical ties.

A Pakistani Strategic Shift?

Author: Daniel S. Markey

In his testimony before the House Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, and the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, Daniel S. Markey describes evidence of a strategic shift by Pakistan that could lead to improved cooperation with the United States.

Safeguarding Israel’s Security in a Volatile Region

Author: Elliott Abrams

In his testimony before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs' Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia, Elliott Abrams argues that continued military and intelligence cooperation between the U.S. and Israel, improved political relationships, and a strong American policy which ensures the development of stable democracies in Arab Spring nations is critical to Israel's security.

The Future of Special Operations Forces

Author: Linda Robinson

In her testimony before the House Committee on Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, Linda Robinson details how U.S. Special Operations Forces can be restructured to better confront global challenges.

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