On Thursday, March 30, 2017, Former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright and former National Security Adviser Stephen J. Hadley testified before the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee during a committee hearing, “The Road Ahead: US Interests, Values, and the American People.”
Their testimony provided five recommendations for the Senate’s consideration: leading a national conversation on America’s global role; forging a bipartisan strategy for renewing the US-led international order; supporting efforts to defeat ISIS and al-Qaeda within a strategy that creates a stable and prosperous Middle East; ensuring diplomacy and development are not waylaid in favor of defense spending; and emphasizing the US commitment to the defense of its allies.
Albright and Hadley also presented to the committee the main findings and principles of their bipartisan Middle East Strategy Task Force report, which they co-chaired through the Atlantic Council. The report is the culmination of the Task Force’s efforts over the past two years and lays out a comprehensive two-pronged strategy for addressing the Middle East’s pressing issues. The strategy advocates for winding down the violence in the region with the help of international partners, and supporting those efforts led by individuals and governments in the region that create the social basis for stability and prosperity.
Albright and Hadley’s completed prepared statement is available for download below: