Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, announced the following upcoming Committee events:

Tuesday, January 27

Hearing: Iran Nuclear Negotiations After the Second Extension: Where Are They Going?

10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 27 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Committee on Foreign Affairs

Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

The Honorable Eric S. Edelman
Distinguished Fellow
Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

Mr. John Hannah
Senior Fellow
Foundation for Defense of Democracies

Mr. Ray Takeyh
Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies
Council on Foreign Relations

The Honorable Robert Einhorn
Senior Fellow
Foreign Policy Program
The Brookings Institution

Chairman Royce on the hearing: “It’s been over a year since the Obama Administration began its nuclear negotiations with Iran.  While pausing – not dismantling – some aspects of its nuclear program, Tehran is advancing others: pursuing new nuclear reactors; testing centrifuges and operating its illicit procurement networks.  All the while, the Administration has opposed bipartisan congressional attempts to strengthen its negotiating hand with new sanctions.  This hearing and other Committee hearings soon to be held will review the Administration’s negotiating approach and the challenges of reaching an effective agreement with Iran, a state sponsor of terrorism destabilizing countries throughout its region.”

Tuesday, January 27

Subcommittee Hearing: Nigeria on the Brink?

2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 27 in 2200 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations

Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-NJ), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

Panel I

The Honorable Robert P. Jackson
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary
Bureau of African Affairs
U.S. Department of State

Panel II

J. Peter Pham, Ph.D.
Africa Center
Atlantic Council

Mr. Jadegoke Adebonajo Badejo
Principal Partner
Bonajo Badejo & Co.

Mr. Emmanuel Ogebe
Justice for Jos Project
Jubilee Campaign USA

Chris Fomunyoh, Ph.D.
Senior Associate and Regional Director for Central and West Africa
National Democratic Institute

Chairman Smith on the hearing: “Nigeria is an important African nation, not just for that region, but also for the international community as a whole. This major oil producer, which is also Africa’s most populous nation, is facing a variety of crises, including an increasingly vicious war against Boko Haram, the threat of post-election violence following the upcoming presidential election next month, ongoing inter-religious and inter-ethnic conflict and an economy suffering from drastically reduced revenue due to falling oil prices. This comes at a timewhen U.S.-Nigeria relations are said to be at a low point.  This hearing will examine Nigeria’s challenges and what the U.S. government should do to get our relations with Nigeria, especially involving security cooperation, back on track.”

Tuesday, January 27

Subcommittee Hearing: The Evolution of Terrorist Propaganda: The Paris Attack and Social Media

2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 27 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade

Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

The Honorable Mark Wallace
Chief Executive Officer
Counter Extremism Project

Mr. J.M. Berger

Mr. Evan Kohlmann
Chief Information Officer
Flashpoint Partners

Chairman Poe on the hearing: “Terrorist use of social media platforms exploded over the past several years. Hateful messages praising jihad are all over social media spurring calls for recruits, funding, and spreading propaganda. We need to better understand how to counter terrorists’ use of social media and we need a strategy from the Administration that lays out how we are going to do it.”

***See foreignaffairs.house.gov for updates.

***Coverage note: The briefing is open to the public and press. All Foreign Affairs Committee proceedings are webcast live at foreignaffairs.house.gov/live-video-feed.