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MARCHE OU CRÈVE – La France et l’avenir de la défense européenne

This event is co-organised with the Fondation pour la recherche stratégique and Contexte on the occasion of the launch of the Friends of Europe report “Marche ou crève: La France et l’avenir de la défense européenne”.

Please note that this event is by invitation only and takes place in Paris, France.

IMAGE CREDIT: CC / Flickr – United Nations Photo

Programme

12.30 – 13.00 Welcome and registration of participants

13.00 – 14.30 Policy Insight “Marche ou crève: La France et l’avenir de la défense européenne

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.

14.30 End of debate

Speakers:

Jean-Dominique Giuliani
/ Chairman of the Robert Schuman Foundation
Giles Merritt
/ Founder and Chairman of Friends of Europe
General Jean-Paul Paloméros
/ Chief of Staff of the French Air Force (2009-2012) and Supreme Allied Commander Transformation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (2012-2015
Bruno Racine
 / Chairman of the Fondation pour la recherche stratégique
Paul Taylor / European Affairs Editor at Politico, author of Friends of Europe report “Crunch time: France and the future of European defence”

Moderator:

Pauline Massart / Deputy Director for Security and Geopolitics at Friends of Europe and Vice President of Women in International Security Brussels (WIIS-Brussels)

Speakers

  • Jean-Dominique Giuliani

    Chairman of the Robert Schuman Foundation
    Jean-Dominique Giuliani is an expert on European issues well known for his long-standing commitment to all areas of European construction. Prior to his current position, Giuliani served as a Special Advisor to the European Commission, Maître de Requêtes at the Council of State, Chief of Staff of former French Senate President René Monory, and Director at the Taylor Nelson Sofres Group. An established author, he has written numerous articles and books, including most recently ‘Pour quelques étoiles de plus... Quelle politique européenne pour la France?’ published in March 2017.

  • Pauline Massart

    Deputy Director, Security and Geopolitics at Friends of Europe, and Vice-President of Women in International Security (WIIS) Brussels
    Pauline Massart leads Friends of Europe’s Peace, Security and Defence work, developing the work programme, projects and partnerships on global peace, security and defence issues. She has spearheaded projects such as the think-tank’s 2011 global cyber-scorecard, as well as a global online brainstorm that gathers thousands of security experts from across the globe. Massart is also Vice President for Operations and Outreach at Women in International Security Brussels (WIIS-Brussels).

  • Giles Merritt

    Founder & Chairman of Friends of Europe, author of 'Slippery Slope: Europe’s Troubled Future'
    Giles Merritt is the founder and chairman of the Friends of Europe think-tank and author of the recently published book ‘Slippery Slope: Europe’s Troubled Future’. He was previously a foreign correspondent for the Financial Times and an Op-Ed columnist on EU affairs for the International Herald Tribune. In 2010 he was named by the Financial Times as one of 30 ‘Eurostars’ who most influence thinking on Europe’s future.

  • General Jean-Paul Paloméros

    Chief of Staff of the French Air Force (2009-2012) and Supreme Allied Commander Transformation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (2012-2015)
    General Jean-Paul Paloméros has acquired extensive experience both as a fighter pilot, having flown 82 combat missions, and as an operational commander. He held a variety of high-level military positions before being promoted to Air Force Chief of Staff. In 2012 Paloméros was confirmed by the NATO Council as Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, the organisation’s most senior strategic command. For his lifetime achievements, Paloméros has been awarded the rank of Grand Officer of the French Legion of Honour and Great Cross of the National Order of Merit. He also holds the Aeronautical Medal.

  • Bruno Racine

    Chairman of the Fondation pour la recherche stratégique
    Bruno Racine has held a variety of senior positions in the French government, including as Director of Policy Planning Staff at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Senior Advisor to Minister of Foreign Affairs and Prime Minister Alain Juppé, and member of the NATO Group of Experts convened to develop the alliance’s 2010 Strategic Concept. An established author, he has written many books, including ‘Google et le nouveau monde’ in 2010 and ‘Adieu à l’Italie’ in 2012. For his lifetime achievements, Racine was named an Officer of the National Order of the Legion of Honour, the highest French order for military and civil merits.

  • 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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