Foreign affairs: Key issues for the 2015 Parliament

This section of the Key Issues 2015 publication focuses on foreign affairs and the UK relations with other countries. This briefing was prepared by House of Commons Library researchers for Members of the new Parliament in 2015 and includes analysis of a range of subjects.


Russia and relations with the UK

From its outset in 2000, Vladimir Putin’s rule has been built on rising living standards and a restoration of Russian national pride severely dented by the fall of the Soviet Union.

Israeli-Palestinian conflict: what hope of a solution?

Many Israeli citizens have moved into the OPTs, living in purpose-built Israeli settlements. The Fourth Geneva Convention prohibits this practice, though Israel argues that it is not applicable in the OPTs.

Rising tensions in East and Southeast Asia

East and Southeast Asia are riven with half-frozen conflicts and a host of territorial and maritime disputes. Experts have also identified tensions between China and its neighbours

The post-2015 development goals

In 2000, the world signed up to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of eight goals and 18 associated targets for human development, to be achieved by the end of 2015.

UK’s membership of the EU

Concerns about loss of sovereignty to the EU, lack of accountability and ineffective governance have led both Labour and the Conservatives to propose reforming the EU to better reflect the UK’s interests.

The European Parliament: a Eurosceptic turn

In May 2014, the European Parliament elections revealed a rising tide of Euroscepticism across the EU.

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