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The Integrated Security, Defence and Foreign Policy Review


During the Queen’s Speech on 19 December 2019, the Government announced plans to conduct an Integrated Security, Defence and Foreign Policy Review. Heralded as “the most radical reassessment of [the UK’s] place in the world since the end of the Cold War”, the review promises to “cover all aspects of international policy from defence to diplomacy and development”.

In the first phase of this inquiry, the Defence Committee is exploring how Government should conduct this exercise. The Committee is looking to identify lessons learned from the timing, methodology and structure of previous reviews of the UK’s security and defence and consider international best practice. The Committee will then use the findings of this inquiry as a framework to collect evidence on the future of UK defence in Phase II of this inquiry.