Iraq Study Group Co-Chair Lee Hamilton Calls for International Engagement at USA*Engage Event

Tuesday, 24 April 2007
“Our friends around the world are willing to work with us often times, but they are not willing to be dominated by us. The world’s a very complex place and nations are going to pursue, as we have learned, their national interests and they define it, not as we define it,” said Hamilton.

“American leadership is still very much needed in the world today. What Americans want, I think, is American leadership on behalf of the world where our interests are protected, where we work with likeminded nations, where the values of liberty, freedom, justice and opportunity are the norm,” he continued.

Since its inception 10 years ago, USA*Engage has maintained a commitment to advocating for U.S. diplomatic engagement and dialogue as means of addressing important political, social and economic concerns facing the global community.  USA*Engage also remains a strong proponent of trade and citizen diplomacy, and consistently opposes U.S. unilateral sanctions.

“Both of today’s honorees are true champions of international trade, dialogue and diplomacy – all of which are crucial elements of U.S. foreign policy. We are privileged to honor their leadership in the public and private sectors,” said Jake Colvin, Director of USA*Engage. “We echo Mr. Hamilton’s call for increased dialogue as the United States continues pursuing its foreign policy objectives in the Middle East and throughout the world.”

Former Representative Hamilton is currently President and Director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and served as Co-Chairman of the Iraq Study Group. During his tenure in Congress, he represented Indiana’s ninth district, and was an original co-sponsor of sanctions reform legislation in the House of Representatives. Former Representative Dooley represented California’s 20th district and is currently President and CEO of GMA/FPA.


USA*Engage ( is a coalition of small and large businesses, agriculture groups and trade associations working to seek alternatives to the proliferation of unilateral U.S. foreign policy sanctions and to promote the benefits of U.S. engagement abroad. Established in 1997 and organized under the National Foreign Trade Council (, USA*Engage leads a campaign to inform policy-makers, opinion-leaders, and the public about the counterproductive nature of unilateral sanctions, the importance of exports and overseas investment for American competitiveness and jobs, and the role of American companies in promoting human rights and democracy world wide.

The National Foreign Trade Council ( is a leading business organization advocating an open, rules-based global trading system. Founded in 1914 by a broad-based group of American companies, the NFTC now serves hundreds of member companies through its offices in Washington and New York.