The Political Committee focuses on all political questions concerning the security of NATO and its member and partner countries.
The areas covered by the Political Committee include:
- The current and future role of the Alliance for Euro-Atlantic security;
- All political and diplomatic aspects of NATO’s adaptation to a changing international security environment;
- The political aspects of the North-American-European relationship;
- 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;
- All political aspects of NATO’s existing and developing relationships with International Organisations, particularly the EU and the UN, but also others;
- The continuing enlargement of the Alliance and the respective programmes that prepare applicant countries for possible membership (e.g., MAP);
- 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’;
- NATO’s role as a political organisation in the strengthening of Disarmament, Arms Control, and Non-Proliferation;
- The political discussions and decisions on the means of Allied defence, including, among others, the role of nuclear weapons and defensive systems;
- The importance of strengthening awareness of the gender dimension in all aspects of international security.