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