Chairman Dan Burton (R-IN-05) and Ranking Member Gregory Meeks (D-NY-06) of the Committee on Foreign Affairs' Subcommittee on Europe and Eurasia will convene an open hearing today, April 26, 2012 in Room 2172 Rayburn House Office Building on "NATO: The Chicago Summit and US Policy."
Chairman Burton said "the purpose of this hearing will be to discuss U.S. policy toward NATO and the future of the alliance on the eve of the Chicago Summit. The hearing intends to identify the goals for and likely outcomes of the upcoming summit with regard to the key issues facing the alliance. These issues include the future of ongoing operations in Afghanistan, the alliance's commitment to maintaining robust capabilities funded by sufficient defense spending by all member states, and the need to enhance the alliance's global partnerships while maintaining a responsible open door policy."
The hearing will consist of two panels of witnesses. The first panel will include The Honorable Tina S. Kaidanow, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs at U.S. Department of State, and Mr. James Townsend, Deputy Assistant Secretary, European and NATO Policy at the U.S. Department of Defense. The second panel will consist of Mr. Damon Wilson, Executive Vice President at The Atlantic Council; Mr. Luke Coffey, Margaret Thatcher Fellow at The Heritage Foundation; and Dr. Stephen Flanagan, Henry A. Kissinger Chair in Diplomacy and National Security at the Center for strategic and International Studies.