Defence Committee Press Notice

Session 2008-09, 12 February 2009

Evidence Session

Evidence Session



On Tuesday 24 February 2009 the Committee will take evidence on its new inquiry ‘Russia: A New Confrontation?’. The meeting will take place in Committee Room 16,  Palace of Westminster ( room subject to change). Oral evidence will be taken from:

10.30 am Edward Lucas, correspondent at the Economist and author of ‘The New Cold War’

11.10 am (approx.) Professor Margot Light, Professor Emeritus, International Relations Department, London School of Economics, and James Sherr, Head, Russia and Eurasia Programme, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House

The Committee’s questioning may address the following issues: 

  • the current and future relationship between Russia and NATO
  • the implications of recent tensions with Russia for UK security, including:

- the Russian-Georgian territorial dispute over South Ossetia and Abkhazia and the implications of this for countries neighbouring Russia;

- the US’s proposed ballistic missile defence system; and

- NATO enlargement

Further evidence sessions on this inquiry are expected to take place on 17 March, 24 March and 21 April.


The Committee was nominated on 13 July 2005. The Defence Committee is appointed by the House of Commons to examine the expenditure, administration, and policy of the Ministry of Defence and its associated public bodies.


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