Past event

Invitation Only

Anglo-French Defence Cooperation

Chatham House, London

International Security Department, Franco-British Defence Cooperation

Overview

At this seminar, the International Security Programme, in conjunction with la Fondation pour la Recherche Strategique (FRS), will examine common perspectives on Anglo-French defence cooperation.

Over the course of four sessions participants will examine potential avenues for defence cooperation and whether it could make a vital contribution to the defence capabilities of both countries at a time of financial constraint and reductions in defence budgets.

Discussion will focus on the following areas:

  • Reassessing national defence postures in light of the financial crisis: does it bring new possibilities for Anglo-French cooperation?

With budgetary restrictions on national defence budgets in the UK and France, can the consequences of these restrictions be alleviated by developing synergies between the two countries in defence? In which areas might such synergies be viable?

  • Cooperation within NATO and the adoption of the next Strategic Concept

Anglo-French relations do not work in isolation and participants will look at how both countries work within the broader context and their respective positions with regards to the development of NATO. Is there a common vision for how NATO should develop and is there a platform from which to promote the Strategic Concept? How could Anglo-French defence cooperation complement the objectives of the Alliance?

  • Should Paris and London be a driving force for European defence?

Although European defence is becoming less of an explicit priority for the member state governments in the European Union, can the same be said for the French and British Governments? Why is there seen to be a need for European defence cooperation? How does this fit into Britain and France's national defence priorities?

  • Cooperation on major defence projects: Is it possible?

Reductions in national military budgets makes it necessary to look for potential areas of cooperation among the main defence projects, but what are the requisite conditions in London and Paris if both countries are to continue in this direction?

Attendance is by invitation only.

For more information please contact Claire Yorke.

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