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    • Commons Briefing papers: 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.
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Labour reforms in Qatar
Published Tuesday, March 13, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0071
A Westminster Hall debate on 'Labour reforms in Qatar' is scheduled for Wednesday 14 March 2018 from 4.30-5.30pm. The Member initiating the debate is Alex Norris MP.

Topic: Middle East

Brexit timeline: events leading to the UK’s exit from the European Union
Published Monday, March 12, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7960
This paper provides a timeline of the major events leading up to the EU referendum and subsequent dates of note, looking ahead to expected events as the UK and EU negotiate Britain’s exit.
Syria: what next?
Published Monday, March 12, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8247
the battle against ISIS in Syria has been largely won, yet the violence may even be getting worse.

Topic: Middle East

Diplomatic service and resources
Published Friday, March 9, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0065
A Westminster Hall debate on the ‘Diplomatic service and resources’ has been scheduled for Tuesday 13 March at 9.30am to 11.00am. The debate has been nominated by the Backbench Business Committee after a representation from Sir Hugo Swire and Richard Benyon.
ISIS/Daesh: what now for the military campaign in Iraq and Syria?
Published Wednesday, March 7, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8248
ISIS has lost 98% of the territory it once held in Iraq and Syria and in December 2017 the Iraqi government declared military victory over ISIS. The situation in Syria remains complex with operations to defeat ISIS complicated by the ongoing Syrian civil conflict. The Coalition has committed to maintaining its military commitments in Iraq and Syria. While tracking down remaining ISIS fighters remains a priority, the military campaign has, however, steadily begun to transition towards stabilisation, capacity building and training.
Brexit: who has said what about transition?
Published Friday, February 23, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8238
Phase two of the Brexit negotiations has started. The EU and UK negotiators have expressed their views on the scope of and conditions for a transition or implementation period, in which the UK will not be a Member State but will continue to apply EU law.
Science Diplomacy
Published Thursday, February 8, 2018 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0568
A POSTnote which explains what science diplomacy involves, outlining the mechanisms and settings that encourage organisations and individuals to build international relations through science-related activities.
Military detention of Palestinian children by the Israeli authorities
Published Friday, February 2, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0029
A Westminster Hall debate on ‘Military detention of Palestinian children by Israeli authorities’ is scheduled for Wednesday 7 February 2018 from 2.30pm to 4.00pm. The Member initiating the debate is Sarah Champion.
Nuclear Safeguards Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, February 1, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0017
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Nuclear Safeguards Bill on 7 February 2018.
Iran update 2018
Published Thursday, February 1, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8220

Topics: Iran, Middle East

Pakistan: January 2018 update
Published Wednesday, January 24, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8212
National elections are due to be held in Pakistan in mid-2018. It will inevitably be a testing year for the country’s still-fragile democracy.
Proscription of Hezbollah
Published Tuesday, January 23, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0015
A Backbench Business Committee debate on Proscription of Hezbollah is scheduled for Thursday 25 January 2018. The debate will be opened by Joan Ryan MP.
Lebanon 2018
Published Monday, January 22, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8208
The resignation of Saad Hariri, Lebanese Prime Minister, then his withdrawal of that resignation drew attention to Lebanon's entanglement with the struggle between Saudi Arabia and Iran for influence in the region.
Legislating for Brexit: EU decisions
Published Friday, January 19, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8205
EU decisions form a large part of EU law but have not been much debated in the context of Brexit. There are different kinds of EU decisions and they are a the main instrument in the EU's foreign policy. This paper looks at the different types of EU decisions and how the EU Withdrawal Bill will deal with them.
Open Skies Agreement (Membership) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Friday, January 19, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0006
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Open Skies Agreement (Membership) Bill [HL] on 26 January 2018.
US Foreign Policy and the UK’s International Relationships
Published Friday, January 12, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0005
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate on 18 January 2018 on the following motion moved by Lord Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon (Liberal Democrat) “that this House takes note of the effect of the foreign policy of the USA on inter-state relationships around the world, particularly in light of the UK’s changing relationships with other European countries”.

Topic: North America

Yemen and the death of Saleh
Published Friday, January 12, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8201
In December the long-time former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, was killed in the Yemeni capital Sanaa. What does this mean for the Yemen conflict?

Topic: Middle East

Burma: January 2018 update
Published Tuesday, January 9, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7901
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.
Brexit: 'sufficient progress' to move to phase 2
Published Tuesday, December 19, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8183
This paper looks at the path towards 'sufficient progress' in the first phase of Brexit negotiations and the Joint Report agreed by the UK Government and the EU. It focuses on the three priority areas: citizens' rights, the financial settlement and the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland. The paper also looks at other recent developments and parliamentary consideration of Brexit.
Sudan: December 2017 update
Published Friday, December 15, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8180
The civil war may have ended but peace in Sudan remains elusive. This Commons Library briefing paper looks at recent developments in Sudan including peace efforts, UK relations and the recent easing of sanctions by the US.

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