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