Chairman Royce on the hearing: “The United States is losing the information war to terrorists like ISIS and Hezbollah.  Earlier this year, the administration rebranded the office responsible for counter messaging, but little seems to have changed.  A strong, effective information offensive to counter the violent ideology being pushed by ISIS and other terrorists is long overdue.  This hearing will give members an opportunity to press the administration’s top public diplomacy official on how the U.S. can be more effective.”

Opening Statements

Full text of Chairman Ed Royce’s opening statement


The Honorable Richard Stengel
Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs
U.S. Department of State
[full text of statement]


Hearing transcript (PDF)