*Note RSVP requirement for media covering 2/27 budget hearing with Secretary Tillerson*

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) announced the following upcoming committee events:

Tuesday, February 27
Hearing: The FY 2019 Foreign Affairs Budget

*Media RSVP requirement by 5 p.m. on Monday, February 26. Details HERE.

9 a.m. on Tuesday, February 27, in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

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

Invited witness:

The Honorable Rex W. Tillerson
Secretary of State
U.S. Department of State

Chairman Royce on the hearing: “As this committee continues its work strengthening national security, including reforming outdated food aid programs and overseeing implementation of critical international broadcasting reforms, we look forward to hearing from Secretary Tillerson about the administration’s foreign affairs budget.”

Tuesday, February 27
Subcommittee Hearing: Women’s Role in Countering Terrorism

2 p.m. on Tuesday, February 27, in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

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

Invited witnesses include:

Valerie M. Hudson, Ph.D.
Professor and George H.W. Bush Chair
The Bush School of Government and Public Service
Texas A&M University

Mr. Haras Rafiq
Chief Executive Officer
Quilliam International

Ms. Farhat Popal
Women’s Initiative
George W. Bush Institute

Ms. Jamille Bigio
Senior Fellow for Women and Foreign Policy
Council on Foreign Relations

Chairman Poe on the hearing: “In recent years, terrorist organizations have focused much attention on women: both as targets of their murderous attacks as well as a potential demographic for recruitment. But counterterrorism efforts across the world have not given enough thought to the idea that women can also represent an untapped resource in the fight against extremism and radicalization. Women are uniquely placed to effectively challenge extremist narratives in homes, schools, and societies the world over; they wield tremendous influence on those most vulnerable to terrorist recruitment: youth. This hearing will allow Members to examine the role of women as perpetrators and victims of terrorism as well as under-utilized resources in the ideological fight against terrorism.”

Wednesday, February 28
Subcommittee Hearing: Zimbabwe After Mugabe

2 p.m. on Wednesday, February 28, in 2172 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:

The Honorable Charles A. Ray
(Former U.S. Ambassador to Zimbabwe)

Ms. Elizabeth Lewis
Regional Deputy Director
Africa Division
International Republican Institute

Mr. Ben Freeth
Executive Director
Mike Campbell Foundation

Chipo Dendere, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor
Amherst College

Chairman Smith on the hearing: “With the fall of longtime strongman Robert Mugabe at the end of last year, Zimbabwe now has the chance to fulfill the promise which independence brought but which Mugabe stifled.  Once the breadbasket of sub-Saharan Africa, Zimbabwe’s citizens have been able to succeed as entrepreneurs in neighboring countries but have been thwarted at home; the country now has a chance to right itself. Our hearing will take a clear-eyed look at the prospects for authentic democratization and rule-of-law reforms, while recalling that many of Mugabe’s cronies – including current President Emmerson Mnangagwa – remain in power.”


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

***Coverage note:  All Foreign Affairs Committee proceedings are webcast live at www.foreignaffairs.house.gov/live-video-feed.