President Joseph Kabila has managed to extend his tenure as president of the Democratic Republic of Congo well beyond December 2016, when his mandate expired. New elections are now scheduled for December 2018, but some believe that he will find ways to delay them further.
Many hoped that the November 2015 general election would be a tipping-point in Burma’s ‘democratic transition’, which began in 2011. The new National League for Democracy government took office in April 2016 in an atmosphere of hope – but the honeymoon has turned out to be brief. The limits of Aung San Suu Kyi's power have been exposed by her inability to control the actions of the security forces in Rakhine State, where they stand accused of committing serious human rights abuses against the Muslim Rohingya. Her international reputation has been damaged and there is now talk of reintroducing sanctions.
Elections are due within a year or so in Bangladesh. The main political parties continue to be at loggerheads. Some detect a growing authoritarianism and there are concerns about the threat from terrorism. In recent months the country has also faced a massive refugee influx of Muslim Rohingya from Burma.
Members and their staff are receiving a significant number of representations regarding the UK government’s post-Hurricane assistance to affected British Overseas Territories. Worst affected in September were the British Virgin Islands (BVI), the Turks and Caicos Islands and Anguilla. This note provides a brief overview of what we know currently about the UK’s assistance effort to date.
This briefing provides an overview of the development of the legal and regulatory framework for UK arms exports since 1997. It also describes the main changes to this regulatory framework under the 2015-17 Conservative Government. During the last parliament there was also controversy over the use of UK-manufactured arms by Saudi Arabia in Yemen. As the current parliament gets down to work, there are potential uncertainties about the implications of Brexit for this area of policy.
Tensions have risen alarmingly in the Korean peninsula during the course of 2017. North Korea appears to be making faster progress towards having a nuclear weapons system that can reach the US than many observers expected. What have been the responses of the US, China, South Korea and Japan to developments since the beginning of this year?
This Debate Pack has been prepared for the Westminster Hall debate on ‘Global education before the G20 Summit', to be held in Westminster Hall on Thursday 6 July 2017, from 1.30pm to 3.00pm, initiated by Stephen Twigg MP.
Key Issues 2017 is a series of short briefings on the topics that will take centre stage in UK and international politics in the new Parliament. Written by impartial Commons Library specialists, these articles are designed to help the reader get up to speed quickly on issues such as; Brexit, the housing crisis, the future of devolution and much more.