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Content published before December 2016

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on NATO (the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation). This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Commons Briefing Papers

04.11.2016NATO's military response to Russia: November 2016 update
To counter increased assertiveness by Russia along NATO's eastern flank, the alliance adopted its Readiness Action Plan in 2014. This briefing paper explains the main elements with a specific focus on the UK military contribution.
04.07.2016NATO Summit Warsaw 2016: a primer
This House of Commons Library briefing paper looks ahead to the NATO Summit in Warsaw on 8-9th July 2016. Topping the agenda is NATO's response to Russia, instability in the Middle East and North Africa, and defence spending.
21.10.2015Defence Expenditure - NATO 2% Target
In 2006, NATO allies set a target to spend 2% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on defence. The UK continues to meet this target, but when reporting its defence expenditure to NATO, the UK now includes several items of expenditure which had not previously been included.
25.09.2014Iraq, Syria and ISIS - recent developments
The advance of ISIS in Iraq and Syria seems to have been slowed, but Western and regional states are struggling to formulate a convincing response to it
12.09.2014NATO Wales Summit 2014: outcomes
The 2014 NATO Wales Summit discussed Russia, Ukraine, Iraq, defence spending amongst allies and the end of combat operations in Afghanistan.
09.09.2014Ukraine: towards a frozen conflict?
The conflict in Ukraine has caused more than 3,000 deaths since it broke out in March 2014. the EU and the US have imposed sanctions and more are pending, while NATO has stepped up its presence in Eastern Europe. A stable solution may be elusive, however
25.07.2014NATO Summit Wales 2014
The 2014 NATO Summit will be in Newport, Wales, in September.
18.09.2012In Brief: Afghanistan - insider attacks
This note looks at the rising number of insider attacks against ISAF personnel in Afghanistan and the response from ISAF and the Government.
09.07.2012Afghanistan: The Timetable for Security Transition
NATO assumed command of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan in August 2003. At its summit in Chicago in May 2012, NATO confirmed ISAF's mission will end on 31 December 2014. It also mapped out the transition of security for Afghanistan from ISAF to Afghan National Security Forces. Specifically, it set the goal for Afghan forces to be in the lead for security nation-wide by mid-2013.
11.05.2012NATO: The Chicago Summit
The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) holds its Heads of State and Government summit in Chicago on 20-21 May 2012. The main themes of the summit are Afghanistan, capabilities and partnerships.

Lords Library Notes

27.11.2015United Kingdom's Role in Supporting International Security and Stability
This Library Note has been prepared in advance of the debate in the House of Lords on 3 December 2015: "that this House takes note of the United Kingdom's role in supporting international security and stability in the light of the Strategic Defence and Security Review".
01.12.2014The Role of Soft Power and Non-Military Options in Conflict Prevention
On 5 December 2014, the House of Lords is scheduled to debate the following motion: 'that this House takes note of the role of soft power and non-military options in conflict prevention'.

Early Day Motions

That this House is aware of the forthcoming NATO Summit due to be held in Lisbon on 19-20 November 2010 to discuss the future planning of its organisation; is concerned about such matters ...
16.03.2009NATO 60th ANNIVERSARY
That this House recognises and commemorates the 60th anniversary of NATO on 4 April 2009; pays tribute to NATO's historic role in safeguarding the security and freedom of its members ...
That this House notes the 60th anniversary of the founding of NATO which takes place in April 2009; believes that the anniversary of this nuclear-armed alliance provides the opportunity ...
That this House notes the meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Baden Baden and the Heads of State gala dinner in Strasbourg on 3 and 4 April to mark the 60th anniversary of the North ...
That this House is dismayed to learn that both Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe and JFC Brunssum will be closed for two full weeks over Christmas and New Year, that any telephone ...


  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses