The International Relations Committee takes evidence from the Secretary of State for International Development and the Department's Deputy Director for Middle East and North Africa.
Wednesday 8 March, Committee Room 4, Palace of Westminster
- Rory Stewart MP, Minister of State for International Development, Department for International Development
- Matthew Wyatt, Deputy Director for Middle East and North Africa, Department for International Development
- At a time of limited resource and in 'a region of bad options' what, in your view, should be the UK's key strategic aims in the Middle East and North Africa?
- What is the UK’s added value in the region?
- How should the UK balance the pressing need for more security versus a more sustainable but politically challenging path that could lead to greater uncertainty in the region?
- What can the UK do to protect moderate political reform, such as that seen in Tunisia?
- A major theme of the evidence has been the rise of non-state actors – particularly those with negative behaviours and aspirations; how do you think this can be managed?
- Beyond negative groups there are a myriad of non-state and regional actors throughout the region. How does DfID engage with these beyond the State?
- What challenges and opportunities do these new actors and structures of (in)formal and local governance pose for DfID programmes and engagement in the region?