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EU Foreign Policy: Looking Ahead

13 March 2018 - 8:30am to 9:30am

Chatham House, London


Dr Nathalie Tocci, Director, Istituto Affari Internazionali; Special Adviser to the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini
Chair: Dr Robin Niblett CMG, Director, Chatham House



With the new US administration looking increasingly inwards, and the UK government consumed by Brexit negotiations, pressure has been mounting on the EU to find its own distinctive voice on the international stage.

One key goal of the 2016 Global Strategy for the European Union was to deepen EU foreign policy cooperation going forward. Since its launch, the EU has not only increased the number of its civilian and military missions abroad, but has also created a new Permanent Structured Cooperation agreement (PESCO) to improve efficiency and coordination in defence and security among 25 member states.

But questions remain. Will the new European defence pact be enough to project EU hard power abroad? And how can the EU work more closely with NATO, the US and traditional allies to meet global challenges? And with the loss of UK contribution to the EU budget, how can the EU do more with less?

In this session, the speaker will discuss how the EU can play a stronger role on the global stage, what the EU’s foreign policy priorities should be for 2018 and outline the significance of PESCO to the European project post-Brexit.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.