Monday, September 25, 2006
On Tuesday at 3:00 pm, the Helsinki Commission is holding a public hearing on the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. The topic of the discussion will be “The Shanghai Cooperation Organization: Is it Undermining U.S. Interests in Central Asia?” The Helsinki Commission, which is chaired by Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas and Representative Chris Smith of New Jersey, monitors implementation of the 1975 Helsinki Accords. The speakers will be Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher, Dr. Steven Blank of the U.S. Army War College, Dr. Martha Brill Olcott of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and myself. If you are in Washington on Tuesday, you may want to stop by at the hearing, which will be held in room 538 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. For those who are not able to attend, I will provide a recap of the discussion here by Wednesday.