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NATO and FCO officials discuss NATO Summit 2018

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18 April 2018

The International Relations Committee takes evidence from Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs at NATO, and Director for Defence and International Security at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office ahead of the NATO Summit, July 2018.

Witnesses

Wednesday 18 April, Committee Room 4, Palace of Westminster

At 10.40am

  • James Appathurai, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs, NATO

At 11.40am

  • Angus Lapsley, Director, Defence and International Security and Southeast Europe, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Possible questions

  • What are the Government's priorities for the Summit in July? What are NATO's priorities?
  • The attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter was the first offensive use of a nerve agent on Alliance territory since NATO's foundation; what is NATO's role in the international response to the attack?
  • Has NATO's response to Russia’s disruptive actions in recent years been sufficient? Are there further steps the UK would wish to see NATO taking?
  • How well equipped is NATO to respond to the rapidly changing challenges of cyber and hybrid warfare?
  • The 2% of GDP target for defence spending has been controversial - How important does the UK think it is for all NATO members to meet this target?
  • How great is NATO's appetite for closer defence cooperation with the EU, and what steps is the UK taking to improve cooperation?

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  • 18 April 2018 - NATO Summit 2018 - oral evidence (pdf PDF )Published 18 April 2018

    Evidence given by Mr James Appathurai, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs, NATO; Mr Angus Lapsley, Director, Defence, International Security and Southeast Europe, Foreign and Commonwealth Office