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

Tuesday, February 14

Subcommittee Hearing: Defeating Terrorism in Syria: A New Way Forward

2 p.m. on Tuesday, February 14 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

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

Invited Witnesses Include:

Mr. Hassan Hassan
Senior Fellow
The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy

The Honorable Frederic C. Hof
Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East
Atlantic Council

Ms. Melissa Dalton
Senior Fellow
Center for Strategic and International Studies

Chairman Poe on the hearing: “For nearly six years, the conflict in Syria has destroyed an ancient country and transformed its landscape to ashes and rubble. A staggering 11.5% of Syria’s population has been either killed or injured since the start of the violence and 11 million Syrians have been forced to leave home. The Assad regime aided by its backers in Moscow and Tehran have stopped at nothing to maintain the Assad family’s grip on power in Damascus. The resulting chaos has created the perfect conditions for exploitation by terrorist groups of all stripes, including ISIS and al-Qaeda.  This hearing will give Members the opportunity to learn more about recent developments in Syria and to hear about possible new policy recommendations from experts.”

Thursday, February 16

Hearing: Iran on Notice

10 a.m. on Thursday, February 16 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

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

Invited Witnesses Include:

Mr. Scott Modell
Managing Director
The Rapidan Group

Ms. Katherine Bauer
Blumenstein-Katz Family Fellow
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Mr. David Albright
Founder and President
Institute for Science and International Security

Andrew Exum, Ph.D.
Contributing Editor
The Atlantic

Chairman Royce on the hearing: “Just this week Iran test-fired another missile. Iran’s illicit weapons program – along with its support for terrorism – are direct threats to our national security and the stability of the Middle East. With this hearing, we’ll examine options to build on the new sanctions aimed at stopping the Iranian regime’s dangerous acts.”


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