Armed Forces: Military Diplomacy

House of Lords written question – answered at on 2 November 2010.

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Photo of Lord Boateng Lord Boateng Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the role of military diplomacy in achieving the United Kingdom's foreign policy and development objectives, including conflict prevention and post-conflict reconstruction.

Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (International Energy Policy)

The Government's new national security strategy recognises the importance of using all the instruments of national power effectively together to address emerging risks before they become crises that can affect our security. This was the result of a national security risk assessment process undertaken since May 2010, and the subsequent National Security Council decisions on the national security tasks and planning guidelines as set out in the Strategic Defence and Security Review. The review clearly outlines that more defence engagement should be directed towards conflict prevention, security sector reform and capability building in priority countries. Defence diplomacy and our ability to project power overseas are essential elements in an integrated comprehensive approach to building our prosperity and protecting our security.

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