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NATO Official and European policy experts speak to Committee

6 February 2019

The International Relations Committee takes evidence on the approaches to nuclear issues of France and Austria, current challenges to arms control agreements and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO)'s assessment of the current level of nuclear risk.


Wednesday 6 February in Committee Room 4, Palace of Westminster

At 10.40am

  • François Heisbourg, Special Adviser, Fondation pour la recherche stratégique and Senior Adviser for Europe, International Institute for Strategic Studies
  • Alexander Kmentt, former Director, Department for Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs

At 11.40am

  • Jessica Cox, Director of Nuclear Policy, NATO

Issues to be discussed

  • Is the level of nuclear risk at its highest point in recent memory? To what extent has nuclear risk worsened challenges to arms control agreements?
  • How does France's approach to nuclear issues, both in terms of its deterrence policy and its policy on non-proliferation and disarmament, differ from that of the United Kingdom?
  • What is NATO's role in nuclear deterrence and in nuclear risk reduction?
  • How would you assess the UK's contribution to NATO's nuclear policy?
  • How would you characterise the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and its potential effect on the wider non-proliferation and disarmament regime?
  • To what extent is it fair to say that the UK is the most restrained of the nuclear powers? How could the UK more effectively engage on theses issues?

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