House Group Begins Hearings to Reassess U.S. Foreign Policy

The House Subcommittee on Future Foreign Policy began a series of high-level hearings this afternoon to aid in the national reassessment of U.S. future foreign policy. Ambassador Averell Harriman was the first to testify before the committee chaired by Rep. Lester Wolff (D.NY).

Other witnesses scheduled to testify next week included former Secretary of State Dean Rusk; Henry Cabot Lodge; former Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg; former Undersecretary of State George Ball; Gen. Maxwell Taylor; and foreign policy expert, Prof. Hans Morgenthau. The hearings are part of the Administration’s reassessment of its global policies, particularly in the Middle East.

Wolff called the hearing “the first in-gathering of major American decision-makers since the 1965 Fulbright hearings….These hearings should be an historic occasion. We have contacted for the initial series the key policy-makers of the Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon years as the best men and women qualified to help present policy-makers redefine our aims; review the issues, and reassess our role in the world.”

After the July hearings, the subcommittee will reconvene in September to call a broad spectrum of witnesses from the present policy-makers, writers and scholars. The new subcommittee was formed with a specific mandate to study and articulate foreign policy alternatives when the International Relations Committee was reorganized earlier this year from the old Foreign Affairs Committee. (By Helen Silver)

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