Experts warn there could be a coronavirus catastrophe in the Middle East. This is especially true in conflict zones and among refugees. The movement of fighters and refugees…Read more
The FCO has advised against all non-essential global travel and has urged Britons travelling abroad to return to the UK as soon as possible. MPs have questioned the government’s response. Here we look at what the FCO has done to help British travellers return home and reaction from MPs and the media. The paper provides information on how to access FCO travel advice.
A general debate on the situation in Yemen has been scheduled for Tuesday 24 March 2020 in the Main Chamber.…Read more
A Westminster Hall debate on ‘Freedom of religion or belief’ has been scheduled for Thursday 12 March 2020 from 1.30pm to 3.00pm. The debate has been initiated by Jim Shannon MP.…Read more
A Westminster Hall debate on ‘Radicalisation in the Palestinian school curriculum’ has been scheduled for Tuesday 10 March 2020 from 2:30-4:00pm. The debate has been initiated by Jonathan Gullis MP.…Read more
Military action around Idlib in north west Syria is threatening to force millions of people from their homes and cause a humanitarian catastrophe…Read more
A General debate in the Main Chamber on ‘Persecution of Christians’ has been scheduled for Thursday 6 February 2020.…Read more
At the beginning of January 2020 Iran announced that it would no longer abide by any of its commitments set down in the nuclear deal (the JCPOA) agreed in 2015. In light of that decision, the UK, Germany and France (the E3), who are signatories to the deal, announced on 14 January that Iran’s non-compliance would be referred to the Joint Commission under the Dispute Resolution Mechanism of the JCPOA. What happens next? …Read more
The UK armed forces use a range of bases and facilities in the Middle East. This short Commons Library note identifies the main ones.…Read more
The UK faces some difficult foreign policy choices. Previously accepted international norms are being challenged. The global balance of power…Read more
With the killing of Iranian General Soleimani by the US in Iraq, US/Iranian tensions have reached a new high. His death was the culmination of a very rocky year for Iraq and for Iranian influence there. …Read more
The Iraqi Parliament has voted to expel foreign forces from Iraq in the wake of the death of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the UK military in Iraq.
Amidst rising tensions in the Persian Gulf there is increasing interest in the Royal Navy’s assets in the region. …Read more
The Turkish incursion into north eastern Syria has caused concerns about refugees, ISIS prisoners and the future stability of Syria.…Read more
The dispute between Qatar and its Arab neighbours remains unresolved and is playing out in other conflict situation across the region.…Read more
This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the Iran nuclear agreement (the JCPOA) and recent developments between the US and Iran, following the attack on tankers in the Gulf in June 2019.…Read more