The U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia will host a hearing on Wednesday, December 14 titled, "Confronting Damascus: U.S. Policy toward the Evolving Situation in Syria." The hearing will examine the future of U.S. policy towards the political changes occurring in Syria. Recent violence and a growing civil war in the country risk destabilizing the region.
"Earlier this year, Syria, the Iranian regime's closest ally in the Middle East, followed in Tehran's footsteps by brutally repressing pro-democracy activists," said U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH), the Subcommittee Chairman. "As protests grew, the Assad regime initiated a brutal crackdown that continues even as we speak; over 5,000 Syrian civilians have died, at least 300 of whom are children. The situation on the ground continues to intensify and the possibility of a civil war breaking out along sectarian lines looms on the horizon. This hearing will explore what policies toward Syria should be implemented to help promote U.S. national interests by expediting the departure of the Assad regime and helping to establish a democratic government in Syria."
Chabot has been a strong voice in support of the Syrian people's rights to live free of the terror and violence being perpetrated against them at the hand of the Assad regime. On July 23, Chabot called for the end of the Assad regime, which he believes was never legitimate in the first place, nearly 2 months before the Administration followed suit.
Mr. Frederic C. Hof, Special Coordinator for Regional Affairs of Office of the U.S. Special Envoy for Middle East Peace, will be testifying before the committee. Mr. Hof is an expert on Middle East conflicts and has written extensively on the subject. As Special Coordinator for Regional Affairs since 2009, Mr. Hof has experience in the Middle East in both the private and public sectors since 1983. He has led efforts to achieve Syrian-Israeli and Lebanese-Israeli peace agreements and has advised the Secretary of State and other senior U.S. officials on Levantine political and security issues.
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