Chairman Royce on the hearing: “From fighting ISIS to feeding the starving, diplomacy and foreign assistance plays a critical role in advancing U.S. values and national security.  With no shortage of grave threats, we must ensure our foreign aid is effective, efficient, and adequately funded.  This hearing will be an opportunity to discuss ways to more strategically deploy foreign assistance programs at a time when resources are limited.”

Opening Statements

Full text of Chairman Ed Royce’s opening statement


Stephen D. Krasner, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow
Hoover Institution
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Ms. Danielle Pletka
Senior Vice President
Foreign and Defense Policy Studies
American Enterprise Institute
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The Honorable R. Nicholas Burns
Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of Diplomacy and International Relations
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
John F. Kennedy School of Government
Harvard University
(Former Under Secretary for Political Affairs, U.S. Department of State)
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Hearing transcript (PDF)