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The UK’s engagement with the Middle East and North Africa

Inquiry

This inquiry will examine the main medium and long-term challenges facing countries in the Middle East and North Africa. It will ask whether there are key countries that the UK should focus its efforts on within the region. The work will explore the balance of engaging with countries who have little respect for human rights and ask whether there is a trade-off between establishing democracy and maintaining political stability.

The inquiry will look at the influence of external state actors, such as Russia, China, Turkey and India, in the region. The Committee will explore the conflict between Israel and Palestine and ask what can be done to engage all parties in seeking a peaceful resolution.

Read the call for evidence for more details about the inquiry.

This inquiry is no longer accepting evidence

The deadline for submissions was Thursday 16 November 2023.

Past events

Tuesday 30 January 2024
2:15pm Private
3:30pm Public
The UK’s engagement with the Middle East and North Africa - Oral evidence 30 January 2024
3:30pm
  • Tim Eaton (Senior Research Fellow in the MENA programme at Chatham House)
  • Peter Millett
  • Denisse Rudich
2:30pm
  • Farea Al-Muslimi (Research Fellow in the MENA programme at Chatham House)
  • Helen Lackner
  • Dr Elisabeth Kendall
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House
Tuesday 23 January 2024
2:15pm Private
2:30pm Public
The UK’s engagement with the Middle East and North Africa - Oral evidence 23 January 2024
2:30pm
  • The Rt Hon Jack Straw (Former Foreign Secretary at Foreign and Commonwealth Office)
3:00pm
  • Ali Ansari (Professor at School of History, St Andrew’s University)
  • Behnam Ben Taleblu (Senior Fellow at Foundation for Defense of Democracies)
3:45pm
  • The Rt Hon. the Baroness Ashton of Upholland LG GCMG (Former High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Former Vice President at European Commission)
  • Sir Mark Lyall Grant
  • Mike Singh (Managing Director at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy)
Room 8, Palace of Westminster
Tuesday 5 December 2023
2:00pm Private
2:30pm Public
The UK’s engagement with the Middle East and North Africa - Oral evidence 5 December 2023
2:30pm
  • John Casson (Former Foreign Affairs Private Secretary to the Prime Minister and ambassador to Egypt at Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office)
  • Jay Mens (Senior Fellow at Policy Exchange)
3:30pm
  • Professor Anoush Ehteshami (Professor of International Relations at School of Government and International Affairs, University of Durham)
  • Professor Simon Mabon (Professor of International Politics at Politics, Philosophy and Religion Department, University of Lancaster)
  • Professor Christopher Phillips (Professor in International Relations at School of Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary University of London)
Room 8, Palace of Westminster
Monday 4 December 2023
4:00pm Public
The UK’s engagement with the Middle East and North Africa - Oral evidence 4 December 2023
4:00pm
  • John Bolton (Former National Security Advisor (United States) and Former US Ambassador at United Nations)
Room 6, Palace of Westminster

Contact us

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  • Phone: 020 7219 4050 (general enquiries) | 020 7219 2996 or facmedia@parliament.uk (media enquiries)
  • Address: Foreign Affairs Committee | House of Commons | London | SW1A 0AA