U.S. Senate

Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 13:42
Testimony from the Oversight Hearing on United States Africa Command, AFRICOM.
Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 08:48
As you know well, the region is focused on the upcoming transition in Afghanistan and the implications for future security, stability, and prosperity.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 00:00
I urged the MCC, the Department of State, and the Government of El Salvador, prior to a final decision to provide the funds for a second compact, to do more to address these problems which is necessary for the rule of law and economic growth in that coun
Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 00:00
It begins the last phase of discussions between the United States and El Salvador on the compact which, if finally agreed to and funded, could result in investments totaling $277 million from the United States and $85 million from El Salvador.
Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 10:18
United States Africa Command protects and defends the national security interests of the United States by strengthening the defense capabilities of African states and regional organizations, and, when directed, conducts military operations, in order to deter and defeat transnational threats and to provide a security environment conducive to good governance and development. This year marks the fifth anniversary of the formation of the command. Since our start in 2008, our operational capabilities and capacities have markedly increased. In parallel, our relationship with African partners and our security cooperation engagements have matured in both focus and effectiveness. Our integrated approach seeks to address the greatest near-term threats to our national security while simultaneously building long-term partnerships and fostering regional cooperation.
Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 10:04
Mali is facing a complex emergency: a political crisis, recovery from a major drought, and threats to internal and regional security. I would like to provide an update on the current situation and how it has affected our programming, as well as outline the key factors that are needed for development to progress.
Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 09:48
Mali's March 21, 2012, military coup d'etat ended two decades of Malian democracy, resulted in the loss of the northern Mali to extremist groups, and further destabilized an already fragile Sahel region. Mali is now facing four distinct but overlapping challenges - the restoration of democratic governance, political negotiations with northern groups that reject extremism, al Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb's expanded presence in northern Mali, and an ongoing humanitarian crisis. Mali, regional partners, and the international community must respond to each of these challenges simultaneously. Our response to any one of these challenges must not be dependent on the achievement of another.
Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 09:33
After two decades of violence and political upheaval in DRC, we realize how easy it might be for U.S. leaders and the world to give up Congo. From MONUSCO, to the FARDC to the Congolese government, it seems as though none of the major institutions are functioning well or are truly committed to a lasting peace.
Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 09:05
There now exists a better chance for peace in eastern Congo than at any time since the current deadly cycle of conflict began in the mid-1990s. A number of variables contribute to this unique opportunity.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 13:11
The Senate of the Legislature of Louisiana supports the Nagorno Karabakh Republic's continuing efforts to develop as a free and independent nation in order to guarantee its citizens those rights inherent in a free and independent society.