Political Committee

In 2019, the Committee is working on the following three draft reports that will first be presented and discussed at the Spring Session in Bratislava, Slovakia. The draft reports will be revised accordingly and submitted for adoption at the 65th Annual Session in London, United Kingdom.

  1. General Report by Julio MIRANDA CALHA (Portugal): Security and Stability in Africa – Challenges and Priorities for NATO
  2. PCNP Report by Raynell ANDREYCHUK (Canada): NATO-Russia Relations – a Snapshot 
  3. PCTR Report by Gerald CONNOLLY (United States): NATO at 70: Why the Alliance Remains Indispensable

Committee Members
Committee Director: Steffen SACHS

The Political Committee (PC) focuses on all political questions concerning the security of NATO and its member and partner countries.

The Committee has two Sub-Committees: The Sub-Committee on NATO Partnerships (PCNP) & the Sub-Committee on Transatlantic Relations (PCTR)

The areas covered by the Political Committee include:

  1. The current and future role of the Alliance for Euro-Atlantic security;
  2. All political and diplomatic aspects of NATO’s adaptation to a changing international security environment;
  3. The political aspects of the North-American-European relationship;
  4. Existing and evolving partnerships of the Alliance, including NATO programmes EAPC/PfP, ICI and Partners across the Globe as well as the Special Relationships with Ukraine and Georgia and with Russia;
  5. All political aspects of NATO’s existing and developing relationships with International Organisations, particularly the EU and the UN, but also others;
  6. The continuing enlargement of the Alliance and the respective programmes that prepare applicant countries for possible membership (e.g., MAP);
  7. All political and diplomatic aspects that relate to new and emerging security threats confronting Allies and Partners, including WMD proliferation, internationally active terrorist groups, failed and failing states, as well as ‘states of concern’;
  8. NATO’s role as a political organisation in the strengthening of Disarmament, Arms Control, and Non-Proliferation;
  9. The political discussions and decisions on the means of Allied defence, including, among others, the role of nuclear weapons and defensive systems;
  10. The importance of strengthening awareness of the gender dimension in all aspects of international security.