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Look ahead to 2018 NATO Summit

Published Monday, June 18, 2018

This Commons Library paper provides a short look ahead to the next NATO summit on 11-12 July. MPs will debate NATO on 20 June 2018.

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NATO holds its next summit in Brussels on 11-12 July 2018.

The recent G7 summit brought to the fore tensions between the US and Europe. Talk of strengthening the ‘transatlantic bond’ may yet be undermined by rows over defence spending and uncertainty over America’s commitment to the principle of collective defence (Article 5).

Driven by concerns about Russia, the Summit will announce two new Commands to improve maritime security in the Atlantic and improve troop readiness and mobility. It will also look south and discuss ways to reduce instability in North Africa and the Middle East. Members of NATO’s Resolute Support Mission will discuss the situation in Afghanistan.

Separately, the UK Ministry of Defence has promised to unveil the headline outcomes of its Modernising Defence Programme by the time of the NATO Summit.

A debate on NATO will be held in the Commons on Wednesday 20 June. 

Commons Briefing papers CBP-8341

Author: Louisa Brooke-Holland

Topics: Afghanistan, Armed forces, Defence equipment and procurement, Defence expenditure, Defence policy, EU defence policy, Iraq, Military operations, NATO

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