Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia
Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH)
The regional shifts happening in the Middle East require that the U.S. seize the initiative to cement new partnerships and secure enduring strategic interests such as: promoting democratic governance, encouraging the respect for universal human rights, countering terrorism, securing energy supplies for global markets, countering proliferation, guarding against the threats posed by Iran and Syria, and moving forward on the Israel-Palestinian peace process. Although the most immediate challenge in South Asia is the war in Afghanistan, it is not our only concern. The U.S.-Pakistani relationship is at best a troubled one characterized by cooperation on some issues and obstruction on others. Under Mr. Chabotís leadership, the Subcommittee works to advance U.S. interests throughout the Middle East and South Asia by overseeing and helping shape U.S. foreign policy toward these two turbulent regions.
- Matters affecting the political relations between the United States and other countries and regions, including resolutions or other legislative measures directed to such relations.
- Legislation with respect to disaster assistance outside the Foreign Assistance Act, boundary issues, and international claims.
- Legislation with respect to region- or country-specific loans or other financial relations outside the Foreign Assistance Act.
- Legislation and oversight regarding human rights practices in particular countries.
- Oversight of regional lending institutions.
- Oversight of matters related to the regional activities of the United Nations, of its affiliated agencies, and of other multilateral institutions.
- Identification and development of options for meeting future problems and issues relating to U.S. interests in the region.
- Oversight of base rights and other facilities access agreements and regional security pacts.
- Concurrent oversight jurisdiction with respect to matters assigned to the functional subcommittees insofar as they may affect the region.
- Oversight of foreign assistance activities affecting the region, with the concurrence of the Chairman of the Full Committee.
- Such other matters as the Chairman of the Full Committee may determine.