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International Relations and Defence Committee takes evidence on NATO

22 October 2019

The newly-appointed International Relations and Defence Committee is taking evidence on challenges facing the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) in the run up to the NATO Leader's Meeting in London in December.

The International Relations and Defence Committee was appointed on 22 October, following the recommendation of the Liaison Committee's Review of House of Lords Investigative and Scrutiny Committees: towards a new thematic committee structure. The Committee was appointed to "to consider the United Kingdom's international relations and issues relating to UK defence policy". The Committee was first appointed in the 2016-17 session as the International Relations Committee.


Wednesday 23 October in Committee Room 4, Palace of Westminster

At 11.00am

  • Daniel Drake, Head of the Euro-Atlantic Security Policy Unit, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Ministry of Defence.

Possible questions include:

  • What does the Government see as the biggest short and long-term challenges facing the Alliance, and how is this assessment shaping the agenda for the NATO meeting?
  • How has the debate on transatlantic burden-sharing, particularly in terms of defence spending, developed since the last NATO Summit in 2018?
  • To what extent has Alliance unity been challenged by decisions taken by Turkey, in particular its decision to purchase the S-400 missile system from Russia, and its recent offensive in norther Syria?
  • How will the Government approach relations with Russia at the NATO leaders meeting?
  • What is the Government's view of the prospects of the further enlargement of the Alliance?
  • What does the Government see as the principal obstacles to further EU-NATO cooperation?
  • What progress has been made on the women, peace and security agenda to date, and to what extent will it be a part of the December meeting in London?

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