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Autocracies and UK Foreign Policy inquiry


This inquiry examined the policies of the UK Government towards autocratic states. The Committee aims to scrutinise both direct foreign-policy relationships with autocracies and the ways in which autocracies interact with the rules-based international system. It complements other work being undertaken by the Committee, particularly the inquiries into sanctions and media freedom.

Reports, special reports and government responses

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2nd Report - A cautious embrace: defending democracy in an age of autocracies
Inquiry Autocracies and UK Foreign Policy inquiry
HC 109

Oral evidence transcripts

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22 October 2019
Inquiry Autocracies and UK Foreign Policy inquiry
Witnesses Heather Wheeler MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Martin Harris, Director, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Kate White, Director, Asia-Pacific Directorate, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Oral Evidence
3 September 2019
Inquiry Autocracies and UK Foreign Policy inquiry
Witnesses Bill Rammell, Vice Chancellor, University of Bedfordshire and Chair of Million Plus, Professor Christopher Hughes, Professor of International Relations, LSE, Alexander Bustamante, Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance and Audit Officer, University of California
Oral Evidence
5 June 2019
Inquiry Autocracies and UK Foreign Policy inquiry
Witnesses Aleksey Shmatko, Businessman, Jihyun Park, North Korean defector and human rights activist and Outreach Director, Connect North Korea, Ayeshagul Nur Ibrahim, Uyghur activistDr Oisín Tansey, Reader in Comparative and International Politics, King's College London, Annette Bohr, Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House, Professor John Heathershaw, Professor of International Relations, University of Exeter
Oral Evidence
Foreign & Commonwealth Office (AFP0034)
Universities UK (AFP0032)
Dr Catherine Owen (AFP0033)

Other publications

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