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New congressional group to promote ‘engagement’ abroad

A new congressional caucus announced Thursday will seek to promote U.S. global engagement and leadership in international organizations. Organized by the new chair of the House Foreign Affairs International Organizations subcommittee, Missouri Democrat Russ Carnahan (right), and Louisiana Republican Anh “Joseph” Cao, the “American Engagement Caucus”  will be all about “promoting engagement as a foreign ...

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A new congressional caucus announced Thursday will seek to promote U.S. global engagement and leadership in international organizations.

Organized by the new chair of the House Foreign Affairs International Organizations subcommittee, Missouri Democrat Russ Carnahan (right), and Louisiana Republican Anh "Joseph" Cao, the "American Engagement Caucus"  will be all about "promoting engagement as a foreign policy strategy that's clearly in American security, economic, and moral interests," Carnahan told The Cable.

It's important to remember that most such groupings in the U.S. Congress are like money and morality: They largely exist only in people's minds. But Carnahan intends to make this caucus an active one, holding regular briefings and meeting with foreign policy specialists and the public, all toward the goal of "raising awareness among members of Congress, their staffs, and the public to identify both failures and success stories," he said.

A new congressional caucus announced Thursday will seek to promote U.S. global engagement and leadership in international organizations.

Organized by the new chair of the House Foreign Affairs International Organizations subcommittee, Missouri Democrat Russ Carnahan (right), and Louisiana Republican Anh “Joseph” Cao, the “American Engagement Caucus”  will be all about “promoting engagement as a foreign policy strategy that’s clearly in American security, economic, and moral interests,” Carnahan told The Cable.

It’s important to remember that most such groupings in the U.S. Congress are like money and morality: They largely exist only in people’s minds. But Carnahan intends to make this caucus an active one, holding regular briefings and meeting with foreign policy specialists and the public, all toward the goal of “raising awareness among members of Congress, their staffs, and the public to identify both failures and success stories,” he said.

Although the caucus doesn’t yet have policy positions on exactly how engagement should proceed with countries such as Iran or Sudan, the group’s introductory materials do focus on expanding trade opportunities and reengaging the United Nations.

“We live in an age of interdependence. America’s security, economic, environmental, and moral interests are inextricably linked with those of the international community,” the two new caucus chairmen wrote in The Hill today, “Simply put, it is in our vital national interest to support international engagement.”

The caucus has seven members as of now, with more to come, Carnahan says.

Josh Rogin covers national security and foreign policy and writes the daily Web column The Cable. His column appears bi-weekly in the print edition of The Washington Post. He can be reached for comments or tips at josh.rogin@foreignpolicy.com.

Previously, Josh covered defense and foreign policy as a staff writer for Congressional Quarterly, writing extensively on Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantánamo Bay, U.S.-Asia relations, defense budgeting and appropriations, and the defense lobbying and contracting industries. Prior to that, he covered military modernization, cyber warfare, space, and missile defense for Federal Computer Week Magazine. He has also served as Pentagon Staff Reporter for the Asahi Shimbun, Japan's leading daily newspaper, in its Washington, D.C., bureau, where he reported on U.S.-Japan relations, Chinese military modernization, the North Korean nuclear crisis, and more.

A graduate of George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs, Josh lived in Yokohama, Japan, and studied at Tokyo's Sophia University. He speaks conversational Japanese and has reported from the region. He has also worked at the House International Relations Committee, the Embassy of Japan, and the Brookings Institution.

Josh's reporting has been featured on CNN, MSNBC, C-Span, CBS, ABC, NPR, WTOP, and several other outlets. He was a 2008-2009 National Press Foundation's Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellow, 2009 military reporting fellow with the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism and the 2011 recipient of the InterAction Award for Excellence in International Reporting. He hails from Philadelphia and lives in Washington, D.C. Twitter: @joshrogin

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