Keeping the Peace: The New Landscape for European Security and Defence

28 March 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
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Chatham House, London


Sophia Besch, Research Fellow, Centre for European Reform
Emily Thornberry MP, Shadow Foreign Secretary, Labour Party
Xenia Wickett, Head, US and the Americas Programme; Dean, The Queen Elizabeth II Academy for Leadership in International Affairs, Chatham House
Chair: Dr Heather Williams, Lecturer in Defence Studies, King's College London



For decades, European security and defence has been underpinned by the institutions of the European Union and NATO. However, the Brexit negotiations have complicated the UK’s continued involvement in critical EU security mechanisms, such as Europol, and the Trump administration’s vocal criticism of NATO has called into question the future strength of the alliance. With security efforts across Europe having to adapt to a new threat landscape that includes cyber-attacks, radical terrorism, and ever-more complicated demands on border security, what impact will the changing nature of NATO and the EU have on the security and defence of European states?
Our panellists will analyse how existing institutions and bilateral ties can be reconfigured and new multilateral arrangements agreed to safeguard peace and security in Europe. Following Brexit, how can the UK continue to work with the EU27 to further their common security interests and guarantee ongoing intelligence-sharing? And how should EU member states and NATO allies adapt to the threat of a less internationally engaged US?

This event is in association with Women In International Security UK (WIIS UK).

This event will be livestreamed. A recording of the event will be available online shortly after the event takes place.

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