Committee on International Relations

COMMITTEE BUSINESS SCHEDULED WEEK OF FEBRUARY 24, 2003

***Hearings/Meetings/Markups***

Wednesday, February, 26, 2003

10:15 a.m. “Russia’s Policies Toward the Axis of Evil: Money and Geopolitics in Iraq and Iran.” Full Committee Hearing.
Room 2172 Rayburn House Office Building
Witnesses:
The Honorable Mikhail Margelov, Chairman, Committee on Foreign Affairs, Federation Council of the Russian Federation; Celeste Wallander, Ph.D., Director of Russia and Eurasia Programs, Center for Strategic and International Studies; Eugene Rumer, Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow, Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University; Ariel Cohen, Ph.D., Senior Policy Analyst, The Heritage Foundation.

11:45 a.m. MEMBERS ONLY meeting with His Excellency Hamid Karzai, President of the Transitional State of Afghanistan.
Room H-139 of the Capitol

Thursday, February 27, 2003

10:00 a.m. “The U.S. Response to East African Famines and the Future Outlook for Food Aid in Africa.” Full Committee Hearing.
Room 2172 Rayburn House Office Building
Witnesses:
The Honorable Frank R. Wolf, Chairman, Subcommittee on the Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies, Committee on Appropriations; The Honorable Andrew Natsios, Administrator, USAID; The Honorable Walter H. Kansteiner, III (Invited), Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, U.S. Department of State; Ms. Ellen Terpstra, Administrator, Foreign Agricultural Service, USDA; Mr. James T. Morris, Executive Director, United Nations World Food Programme; Mesfin Wolde Mariam, Ph.D., Fellow, W.E.B. DuBois Institute for Afro-American Research in collaboration with University Committee on Human Rights Studies, Harvard University.

12:30 p.m. MEMBERS ONLY luncheon honoring President Enrique Bolanos of Nicaragua.
Room H-139 in the Capitol

2:00 p.m. “Overview of U.S. Policy Toward the Western Hemisphere.” Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere Hearing.
Room 2172 Rayburn House Office Building
Witnesses:
The Honorable John P. Walters, Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy; The Honorable Adolfo Franco, Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, USAID; Mr. J. Curtis Struble, Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, Department of State; Mr. Fulton Armstrong (Invited), National Intelligence Officer for Latin America, CIA; The Honorable J. Cofer Black, Ambassador at Large, Coordinator, Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism, U.S. Department of State; The Honorable Marc Grossman (Invited), Under Secretary, Office of the Under Secretary for Political Affairs, U.S. Department of State.

COMMITTEE BUSINESS FOR FEBRUARY 17, 2003

No Committee Business Scheduled - House in Recess

*** Presidential Messages, Executive and Other Communications Received ***

IV. Implementing the National Strategy - December 15, 2002, Advisory Panel to Assess Domestic Response Capabilities for Terrorism Involving Weapons of Mass Destruction, copies of the report may be found at <http://www.rand.org/nsrd/terrpanel> ; unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - February 13, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent by EAP to obligate up to $90,000 of FY 02 ESF from the EAP Regional Security Program to support the Pacific Islands UNSCR 1373 Compliance Project, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, and Sec. 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2002 (P.L. 107-115), and CR P.L. 107-115; unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - February 14, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent to provide up to $2,000,000 in FY 2003 ESF to support the Iraqi National Congress (INC) humanitarian relief program which provides assistance to vulnerable Iraqis in Iran or elsewhere outside Iraq; unnumbered.

Quarterly Reports on Expenditures from the “Emergencies in the Diplomatic and Consular Service Appropriation” - February 14, 2003, letter from the Department of State transmitting CLASSIFIED and unclassified reports covering the first quarter of FY 03, pursuant to Sec. 124 of the FRAA, FY 92 and 93 (P.L. 102-138); unnumbered.

Economic Community of West African States Command Control and Communication Information System Support - February 19, 2003, DOS, in accordance with Title III and Sec. 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2002 (P.L. 107-115); Sec. 634A of the FAA 1961 and P.L. 107-229; unnumbered.

Priority List of Diplomatic Facilities for Replacement - February 19, 2003, letter from the Department of State transmitting CLASSIFIED report pursuant to Sec. 605(a) of the Secure Embassy Construction and Counterterrorism Act of 1999 (P.L. 106-113); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - February 21, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent by EAP to provide up to $750,000 of FY 02 ESF to strengthen democratic institutions in Indonesia through Public Diplomacy, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, and Sec. 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2002 (P.L. 107-115); unnumbered.