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The UK and Afghanistan


The Committee’s inquiry will explore the UK’s diplomatic, military and aid strategy for Afghanistan, including scrutiny of the new Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and the Ministry of Defence. It will consider the UK’s work with international partners such as the US, NATO, and the Afghan government. It will also consider the regional dynamics of instability in Afghanistan, the implementation of the agreement between the US and the Taliban for the withdrawal of foreign troops, and prospects for negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban.


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Past events

Tuesday 17 November 2020
10:15am Public
The UK and Afghanistan - Oral evidence 17 November 2020
  • The Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (Prime Minister's Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict at Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, and Minister of State (Minister for South Asia and the Commonwealth) at Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
  • The Baroness Goldie DL (Minister of State at Ministry of Defence)
Virtual meeting
Wednesday 4 November 2020
10:00am Public
11:00am Private
The UK and Afghanistan - Oral evidence 4 November 2020
  • Brigadier (Retired) Ian Thomas OBE (Former Commander of Operation Toral and Dean of Academic Studies at The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst)
  • Dr Edward R Flint (Head of Department, Defence and International Affairs Department at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst)
Virtual meeting
Wednesday 28 October 2020
10:00am Public
The UK and Afghanistan - Oral evidence 28 October 2020
  • The Baroness Hodgson of Abinger CBE
  • Dr Sima Samar (Special envoy of the President and State Minister for Human Rights and International Affairs at Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Member at UN High Level Panel on Displacement, and Member at Advisory Board on Mediation to UN Secretary General)
  • Dr Avinash Paliwal (Associate Professor and Deputy Director, South Asia Institute at School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London)
  • Dr Shahrbanou Tadjbakhsh (Adjunct Associate Professor, Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University, and Institute for Political Studies at Sciences Po, Paris)
Virtual meeting
Wednesday 21 October 2020
10:00am Public
The UK and Afghanistan - Oral evidence 21 October 2020
  • Dr John Manza (Assistant Secretary General for Operations at North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO))
  • The Lord Houghton of Richmond GCB CBE DL (former Chief of Defence Staff at Ministry of Defence)
  • Sir Mark Sedwill KCMG FRGS (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))
Virtual meeting

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  • Address: International Relations and Defence Committee, House of Lords, London SW1A 0PW