Political Committee


The Committee is are currently working on the following Reports to be adopted at the 63rd Annual Session in Bucharest, 6-9 October 2017.

  1. Draft General Report: Russia – From Partner to Competitor [170 PC 17 E] by Rasa JUKNEVICIENE (Lithuania), General Rapporteur  
  2. Draft Report of the Sub-Committee on NATO Partnerships: Tackling the Challenges from the South [171 PCNP 17 E] by Julio MIRANDA CALHA (Portugal), Rapporteur    
  3. Draft Report of the Sub-Committee on Transatlantic Relations: NATO and Security in the Arctic [172 PCTR 17 E] by Gerald E. CONNOLLY (United States), Rapporteur
  4. Draft Special Report: Burdensharing Revisited [210 PC 17 E]  by Ojars Eriks KALNINS (Latvia), Rapporteur

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.