British foreign policy and the 'Arab Spring'

Inquiry status: The Foreign Affairs Committee has concluded its inquiry into British foreign policy and the 'Arab Spring'. The Committee's Report and the Government's response have been published.


The Committee's Report on British foreign policy and the 'Arab Spring' (PDF 5.89 MB) was published on Thursday 19 July 2012 as the Committee’s Second Report of Session 2012-13, HC 80. The Government's response (PDF 294 KB) was published as a Command paper (Cm 8436) on 18 September 2012.



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