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Formal meeting (oral evidence session): The UK and Afghanistan

International Relations and Defence Committee
The UK and Afghanistan

Wednesday 21 October 2020

Start times: 10.00am (private) 10.00am (public)


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UK and NATO engagement with Afghanistan

The House of Lords International Relations and Defence Committee will take evidence from the NATO Assistant Secretary General for Operations, the former UK National Security Adviser and a former UK Chief of Defence Staff.

The Committee will ask about the UK’s national security and foreign policy interests in Afghanistan, the progress of the NATO Resolute Support Mission, the state of the Afghan Military and civilian forces, and the effect of US withdrawal.

Meeting details

At 10.00am: Oral evidence
Inquiry The UK and Afghanistan
Assistant Secretary General for Operations at North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
At 11.00am: Oral evidence
Inquiry The UK and Afghanistan
former Cabinet Secretary at Cabinet Office, former National Security Adviser at Cabinet Office, former Ambassador to Afghanistan at Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and former Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan at North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

Possible questions

  • How would you define the UK’s national security and foreign policy interests in Afghanistan?
  • How would you assess the United Kingdom’s engagement with Afghanistan over the past 10 years? Particularly focussing on the period from 2014, what would you identify as the most significant successes and any shortcomings of this engagement?
  • What is your assessment of the state of the Afghan military and civilian forces following capacity building and training by NATO and members of the Alliance? What further international support is needed?
  • What is your assessment of United Kingdom’s role in NATO’s Resolute Support Mission?
  • What will be the impact of the US’s withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan on NATO’s co-operation with the country? What planning is being done by the Alliance for future co-operation with Afghanistan, and what challenges would you identify?

Further information

Location

Virtual meeting