15 May 2019 - 08:30 - 10:00

The increasing pace of change in international security makes the ability to schedule debriefings quickly to react to current affairs an important tool for central players on peace, security and defence issues. The aim of Friends of Europe’s quarterly security briefings is to react and clarify topical issues at a given moment. Our briefings reinforce a security community in Brussels that meets regularly to discuss key challenges to security. 

Our second quarterly security briefing will address the results and outcomes of the EU Foreign Affairs Council as well as the EU Foreign Affairs Council on Defence, which bring together the EU ministers of defence and foreign affairs. This briefing will offer an opportunity to clarify, discuss and evaluate key topical issues regarding the future cooperation on European foreign, security and defence policies. 

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The global security landscape is in flux. From increased tensions between NATO and Russia and ongoing difficult Brexit negotiations to China’s more assertive global stand under the consolidated leadership of President Xi Jinping, new challenges are continuously putting into question global security frameworks and approaches.


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This quarterly security briefing will take place right after the EU Foreign Affairs Council on Defence. We will bring together small group of experts and decision-makers from across the public-private divide for a candid discussion on the outcomes of the meeting. Giving an overview about the latest developments on EU cooperation in security and defence, including the permanent structured cooperation (PESCO), the coordinated annual review on defence (CARD), the European defence fund, military mobility, the military planning and conduct capability (MPCC) and the civilian CSDP compact, the evaluation and analysis of these Council meetings will help to better understand processes and challenges ahead. 

  • What are the next steps on European defence cooperation? 
  • What are the most pressing challenges within Europe? 
  • How can the EU guarantee and uphold an effective security structure?

Moderated by
Jamie Shea, Senior Fellow at Friends of Europe and former Deputy Assistant Secretary General at NATO  


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This event is exclusively for Friends of Europe’s members, EU institution representatives and media. 

Patrick Vandewalle, Programme Executive
Tel.: +32 893 98 20
Email: patrick.vandewalle@friendsofeurope.org

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