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

Wednesday, April 26
Subcommittee Hearing: China’s Technological Rise: Challenges to U.S. Innovation and Security

2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific
Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

Mr. Dean Cheng
Senior Research Fellow
Asian Studies Center
The Heritage Foundation

Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D.
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Robert E. Scott, Ph.D.
Senior Economist
Director of Trade and Manufacturing Policy Research
Economic Policy Institute

Chairman Yoho on the hearing: “For decades the United States has been at the forefront of technological innovation, driving economic growth and making the United States military the most advance fighting force in the world. However, China’s technological rise has begun to challenge U.S. technological supremacy and threatens to undermine U.S. innovation and our national security interests. China’s growing presence in the global technology supply chain, advanced cyber capabilities, and a focus on developing weapons that can “blind and deafen the enemy” in space, are issues that should be at the forefront of U.S. policy as they could shape the U.S. economy and security for decades to come.”

Wednesday, April 26
Subcommittee Hearing: The Questionable Case for Easing Sudan Sanctions

2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26 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:

Mr. Brad Brooks-Rubin
Policy Director
The Sentry

Mr. Bill O’Keefe
Vice President for Government Relations and Advocacy
Catholic Relief Services

Mr. David Dettoni
Senior Advisor
Sudan Relief Fund

Mr. Mohamed Abubakr
The African Middle Eastern Leadership Project

The Honorable Princeton N. Lyman
Senior Advisor to the President
United States Institute of Peace

Chairman Smith on the hearing: “One week before leaving office, the Obama Administration announced an easing of sanctions on Sudan, a state-sponsor of terrorism that has long harbored jihadi extremists. The Khartoum government has also waged a long standing war against its own people in the Darfur region as well as in the Nuba Mountains and the Abyei area. This hearing will examine the suspect rationale used to propose the easing of sanctions against this East African nation.”

Thursday, April 27
Hearing: Syria After the Missile Strikes: Policy Options

10 a.m. on Thursday, April 27 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Committee on Foreign Affairs
Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

Mr. Michael Singh
Lane-Swig Senior Fellow
Managing Director
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Mr. Charles Lister
Senior Fellow
Middle East Institute

Dafna H. Rand, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor
National Defense University

Chairman Royce on the hearing: “Assad’s war has killed nearly half a million innocent men, women and children and driven 14 million Syrians from their homes.  The turmoil of this brutality including chemical weapons has allowed ISIS to capitalize.  And the previous administration’s dithering only made things worse.  Now, moving ahead, this administration must work with Congress to lay out clear policy goals.”

Thursday, April 27
Subcommittee Hearing: Afghanistan’s Terrorist Resurgence: Al-Qaeda, ISIS, and Beyond

2 p.m. on Thursday, April 27 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade
Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

Mr. Bill Roggio
Long War Journal
Foundation for Defense of Democracies

Seth G. Jones, Ph.D.
International Security and Defense Policy Center
RAND Corporation

Vanda Felbab-Brown, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow
Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence
Foreign Policy Program
The Brookings Institution

Chairman Poe on the hearing: “When the U.S. invaded Afghanistan in 2001 the goals were clear: purge Afghanistan of al-Qaeda terrorists who had orchestrated the 9/11 attacks and topple the Taliban regime that had hosted them. Nearly sixteen years later, the Taliban insurgency is stronger than ever and Afghanistan remains a haven for various terrorist groups bent on attacking our homeland. Not only has al-Qaeda resurged in Afghanistan in recent years, but now ISIS has entrenched itself in the country as well.  Pakistan’s hand is visible in these dangerous developments as Islamabad continues to harbor the Taliban and support violently anti-American terrorist groups in Afghanistan. The threat to our national security emanating from Afghanistan is on the rise and the time has come to reassess our counterterrorism strategy in that country. This hearing will allow Members to hear about the current terrorist state of play in Afghanistan from experts and learn about new policy prescriptions than can potentially mitigate the terrorist threat.”


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