A Westminster Hall debate on the ‘Political situation in Venezuela’ is scheduled for Tuesday 29 January 2019 from 4:30pm. The Member leading the debate is Graham P Jones MP.…Read more
In January 2017 newly inaugurated US President, Donald Trump, signed an Executive Order which, among other things, called for a review of US nuclear policy, strategy, capabilities and force posture. That Nuclear Posture Review was published in February 2018. As widely expected, deterrence and not disarmament was the overriding message of the Trump review, and a marked departure from key nuclear policies under the Obama administration that sought to lower the reliance on nuclear weapons and embrace non-proliferation and disarmament.…Read more
A Westminster Hall debate on the ‘Peace process in Colombia’ has been scheduled for Wednesday 12 September 2018 from 2.30pm to 4.00pm. The debate has been initiated by Chris Bryant MP.…Read more
Will they or won’t they? As the summit date approaches we examine what could be in store for USA and DPRK relations…Read more
Venezuela is facing a growing political, economic and social crisis. With Presidential elections scheduled for Sunday, can things get better? This paper looks at the political developments in Venezuela from Hugo Chavez’s death in 2013 to today, the candidates and their prospects, and what might happen afterwards.
Most analysts believe the incumbent President Nicolás Maduro, will win another term. However, a lot will depend on how many voters heed the main opposition bloc’s call to boycott the elections, or whether they will turn out to vote for Maduro’s opponent- former Chavista -Henri Falcón.
With the economy in crisis, and growing poverty, hunger and disease fuelling mass migration, the prospects for Venezuela, regardless of who wins the election, do not look bright.
There are nine countries in the world that have nuclear weapons. Between them they possess an estimated 15,000 nuclear warheads. This paper is intended as a brief guide to which countries possess nuclear weapons and how they are seeking to either modernise or expand those capabilities. It is also part of a wider Library briefing series on nuclear weapons.…Read more
When Hurricane Irma recently devastated the Caribbean, some people were surprised and angry at the fact that the UK could…Read more
A Westminster Hall debate on the ‘Political situation in Venezuela’ is scheduled for Tuesday 5 September 2017 from 9.30am to 11.00am. The debate has been initiated by Graham P Jones MP.…Read more
What happened at the second round of Brexit negotiations from 17 to 20 July 2017 and what have we learnt? This first phase of the negotiations aims to reach agreement on citizens’ rights, the financial settlement and the border between Ireland the Northern Ireland, as well as other separation issues, such as Euratom, EU external agreements and dispute resolution. But there was little evidence of agreement on any of these, and the UK Government has been asked for more clarification at the next round. A lot is at stake, because if sufficient progress isn’t made by October, the negotiations will not move on to future relations, an EU-UK trade agreement or transitional arrangements.…Read more
This Key Issues 2017 article looks at the future of UK foreign policy post-Brexit and the conflicts and issues facing…Read more
This House of Commons Library Debate Pack is prepared for MPs will participating in a Westminster Hall debate on the proposed ban on microbeads is scheduled for Wednesday 8 March 2017 from 2.30pm to 4pm. The Member in charge is Rebecca Pow MP.…Read more
This Debate Pack has been prepared ahead of the debate on two e-petitions, numbers 171928 and 178844, relating to the proposed state visit by President Trump. The debate will be held on Monday 20 February 2017.…Read more
The EU has over 1,000 external agreements with other countries or organisations, many of which the individual Member States, as well as the EU, have ratified. Many of them concern trade but they cover a range of policy areas and it is not clear what Brexit will mean for the UK’s participation in these agreements.…Read more
Donald Trump takes office in just over two weeks’ time. During the election campaign he gave indications that he was…Read more
It is difficult to predict the effect of the Trump victory on US foreign policy. As candidate for the Republican…Read more
Canadians gave the Liberals a strong majority in Parliament at the 2015 general election, surprising many observers. How has the new government been getting on?…Read more