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CRUNCH TIME – France and the future of European defence

This event is organised on the occasion of the launch of the Friends of Europe report “Crunch time: France and the future of European defence”.

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Programme

17.30 – 18.00 Welcome and registration of participants

18.00 – 19.30 Policy Insight “Crunch time: France and the future of European defence

A changing leadership in the United States, globally increased defence spending, contested multilateralism, violent conflicts, social inequality, mass migration, Brexit, and Russia’s increased assertiveness beg a number of questions:

  • What role for France as a European and global security actor?
  • What threats and challenges will France face today and tomorrow?
  • What can France tackle alone and what will require cooperation with allies and partners?
  • How might the next French government re-think France’s policies towards Russia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Middle East?

Friends of Europe’s study examines how political parties and senior security and defence stakeholders in France and beyond approach France’s current and future strategic position. The study provides the incoming French government and the broader security community with recommendations and food for thought on the future of France’s defence policy.

19.30 End of debate

Speakers:
Julia De Clerck-Sachsse / Advisor for Strategic Planning in the European External Action Service
Nicolas Suran / French Permanent Representative to the Political and Security Committee at the Council of the European Union
Paul Taylor / European Affairs Editor at Politico, author of Friends of Europe report “Crunch time: France and the future of European defence”

Moderator:
Jaap de Hoop Scheffer / President of the Dutch Advisory Council on International Affairs, NATO Secretary General (2004-2009) and Trustee of Friends of Europe

Speakers

  • Julia De Clerck-Sachsse

    Advisor for Strategic Planning at the European External Action Service (EEAS)
    With over ten years of experience teaching EU foreign policy and strategic communications to students and senior diplomats alike, Julia De Clerck-Sachsse currently works as advisor for Transatlantic Relations and EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy at the EEAS. She previously served as the speechwriter and public diplomacy advisor to the High Representative for EU Foreign and Security Policy, as well as in the German Federal Foreign Office and at the European Commission, where she was responsible for Strategic Foresight on global governance, development and security policy.

  • Jaap de Hoop Scheffer

    President of the Dutch Advisory Council on International Affairs, NATO Secretary General (2004-2009) and Trustee of Friends of Europe
    Jaap de Hoop Scheffer served as Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2002 until 2004, when he was appointed Secretary General of NATO, where he urged more NATO protection for critical energy and transport routes to the West. After his term ended in 2009, he became Kooijmans Chair for Peace, Justice and Security at Leiden University in the Netherlands and President of the Dutch Advisory Council on International Affairs.

  • Nicolas Suran

    French Permanent Representative to the Political and Security Committee at the Council of the European Union
    In his current post, Nicolas Suran represents France’s position regarding the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). Prior to this assignment, he served as the Head of EU External Relations at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A graduate of France’s prestigious Paris Institute of Political Studies and Ecole Nationale d’Administration, Suran has served in various diplomatic posts throughout his career, including at the French Embassies to Hungary, Germany and Syria.

  • Paul Taylor

    European Affairs Editor at Politico, Author of Friends of Europe report on France and the future of European defence
    Paul Taylor writes the ‘Europe at Large’ column for POLITICO and is a freelance writer and broadcaster based in Paris. He was previously the European Affairs Editor at Reuters and served as a foreign correspondent for 39 years in Europe and the Middle East. Taylor’s assignments have included covering the Iranian revolution, the Cold War Euromissile crisis, the first Palestinian intifada, the 1991 Gulf War, German reunification, the Maastricht summit, France in the 1990s, the 2000 Camp David summit, EU enlargement, the eurozone crisis and the fall of the Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt.

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