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Committee investigating EU external affairs strategy question Middle East experts

9 October 2015

On Thursday 15 October, the House of Lords EU External Affairs Sub-Committee takes evidence from James Watt CVO (former British Ambassador to Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon), Professor Charles Tripp FBA (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London) and Imad Mesdoua (Africa Matters).

Witnesses

The evidence sessions take place on Thursday 15 October in Committee Room 1, Palace of Westminster.

At 10.05am:

  • James Watt CVO (former British Ambassador to Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon)
  • Professor Charles Tripp FBA (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London)
  • Imad Mesdoua (Africa Matters)

Likely areas of discussion

The Committee will discuss recent EU engagement with the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and what the EU's priorities in this region should be. It will consider how the EU should approach the region in the future and how this might be reflected in a new EU global strategy on foreign and security policy.

Possible questions

Questions the Committee are likely to put to the witnesses include:

  • Has the EU been particularly challenged in delivering an effective policy to the MENA region?
  • Is there a division between Member States' security agendas and the democracy support agenda of the European Commission?
  • Where should the Union focus and prioritise its resources? What should be the Union's strategic priorities in the MENA?
  • What lessons can be learnt from Tunisia of effective implementation of EU policy in the country?
  • What potential do you see for an active role for the EU in Libya? Is this view shared by actors within Libya? Or do these actors prioritise relations to individual EU Member States?

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