Testimony by CFR fellows and experts before Congress.
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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In her testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Elizabeth C. Economy discusses China's water scarcity challenge and its potential to destabilize the region.
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.
In his testimony before the House Armed Services Committee, Elliott Abrams argues that the United States should support the Syrian rebels and the use of military force, because failure to do so could allow for an Iranian victory in Syria and deal a great blow to American interests.
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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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.
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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In her testimony before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, Elizabeth C. Economy argues that Beijing has thus far been willing to ignore the people's demands for greater transparency, though the burden on both the environment and the Chinese leadership's legitimacy will only continue to grow.
See more in China; Food Security; Energy and Environment
In his testimony before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, Yanzhong Huang discusses China's recent public health crises. He focused on two areas: encouraging further government transparency and emboldening civil society to help enact policy changes.
See more in China; Public Health Threats and Pandemics
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.
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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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.
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.
In his testimony before the House Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere and House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Michael A. Levi explains how partnerships with Canada and Mexico can help the United States to effectively pursue energy-related goals.
Edward Alden testifies before the United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on how Congress and the Obama administration can use data to improve the effectiveness of border enforcement policies and tactics.
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John B. Bellinger III testifies before the House Committee on the Judiciary on the legal and policy issues that stem from the use of lethal force by the U.S. government against American citizens abroad.
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In his testimony before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs' Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, Elliott Abrams argues that the timing, conditionality and composition of U.S. aid to Egypt should be re-examined in light of governance issues that have stalled its progress toward democracy.
See more in Egypt; Democratization; Political Movements and Protests
In his testimony before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Elliott Abrams argues that the recent conflict in Gaza brings forth the need to review regional developments and their effect on U.S. interests—both locally at the Israeli-Palestinian level, and at the broader regional level that includes Iran.
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.
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.
See more in United States; Special Operations