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Middle East stability and security discussed by Committee

2 November 2016

The International Relations Committee takes evidence from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on the UK's strategic alliances in the Middle East, its soft power, and diplomatic resources.


Wednesday 2 November, Committee Room 3A, Palace of Westminster

At 10:30am

  • Mr Neil Crompton, Director, Middle East and North Africa Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Possible questions

  • How has UK foreign policy changed following the Arab Spring and how is it likely to adapt to further trends?
  • Can you point to any significant projects across the MENA region that have recieved funding from the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund?
  • Are the UK's traditional regional allainces with states such as Turkey and Saudi Arabia proving to be counterproductive to the UK's strategic objectives in the region?
  • Should commercial interests continue to play such a prominent role on bilateral relations?
  • What impact does the scale of UK arms trade in the region have on the Government's soft power objectives?
  • What is the next phase of UK involvement in Iraq following the defeat of Daesh/ISIL?
  • How does the government intend to take into account lessons learned, and failures identified, from the Chilcot report?

Further information

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