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Consequences for UK Defence of INF withdrawal examined

20 November 2018

The Defence Committee hears from global security experts on the consequences for UK Defence of INF withdrawal.

Witnesses

Tuesday 20 November in Committee Room 15, Palace of Westminster

At 11.30am

  • Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace, The International Institute for Strategic Studies
  • Dr Jeremy Stocker, Associate Fellow, Royal United Services Institute
  • Dr Heather Williams, Lecturer in Defence Studies, King's College London

Purpose of the session

This session focusses on the future of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, an agreement signed in 1987 between the United States and the Soviet Union placing prohibitions on the testing and deployment of certain categories of ballistic and cruise missiles. After years of alleged Russian violations of the Treaty, President Trump announced on 20 October 2018 that the United States intended to withdraw from the Treaty. This session will look at the relevance of the Treaty and its significance today, the consequences of the US decision to withdrawal and what options for the future might be. 

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