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The FCDO and the Integrated Review

Inquiry

When the Government announced the ‘Integrated Review of foreign policy, defence, security and development’ in February 2020, it was described as the largest foreign-policy review since the Cold War: examining the UK’s objectives abroad, and aiming to establish the country as a “problem-solving and burden-sharing nation”. The Review, according to the Government, will consider the UK’s strategic aims, its capabilities, the role of its allies, and the “necessary reforms” to the “systems and structures” of UK Government Departments.

But the Government initially announced few details about the Review process, what strategic questions drive it, or how resources will be allocated to match the UK’s ambitions. This inquiry will examine the FCO’s contribution to the Review process, and ask what role and resources the Review should give to the FCO for UK foreign-policy strategy.

 

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Reports, special reports and government responses

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Fourth Report: A brave new Britain? The future of the UK’s international policy
Inquiry The FCDO and the Integrated Review
Committees Foreign Affairs Committee
HC 380
Report
Response to this report
Eighth Special Report: A brave new Britain? The future of the UK’s international policy: Government Response to the Committee’s Fourth Report
HC 1088
Special Report
Eighth Special Report: A brave new Britain? The future of the UK’s international policy: Government Response to the Committee’s Fourth Report
Inquiry The FCDO and the Integrated Review
Committees Foreign Affairs Committee
HC 1088
Special Report

Oral evidence transcripts

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22 September 2020
Inquiry The FCDO and the Integrated Review
Witnesses Koji Tsuruoka (Former Ambassador to the UK, former Japanese Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs)
Committees Foreign Affairs Committee
Oral Evidence
22 September 2020
Inquiry The FCDO and the Integrated Review
Witnesses Ambassador-at-Large Prof. Chan Heng Chee (Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Committees Foreign Affairs Committee
Oral Evidence
21 July 2020
Inquiry The FCDO and the Integrated Review
Witnesses Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein (former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (2014-18)), and Juan Manuel Santos (former President of Colombia (2010-18))
Committees Foreign Affairs Committee
Oral Evidence
INR0094 - The FCDO and the Integrated Review
Witnesses City of London Corporation
Committees Foreign Affairs Committee
Written Evidence
INR0093 - The FCDO and the Integrated Review
Witnesses Dr Yuichi Hosoya, Ph.D (Professor of International Politics, Faculty of Law at Keio University, Japan)
Committees Foreign Affairs Committee
Written Evidence
INR0092 - The FCDO and the Integrated Review
Witnesses BBC World Service
Committees Foreign Affairs Committee
Written Evidence