The European defence project has made unprecedented progress since 2016, yet many still lament a lack of a common strategic culture as a key remaining obstacle to further achievements. PESCO, the future European Defence Fund, and the European Commission’s upcoming DG Defence all herald a new era of cooperation. Europe’s armed forces have shown that operational cooperation works, so how can a shared strategic culture be fostered among European policymakers?
French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly recently launched an initiative, La Fabrique Défense, with two key objectives: to strengthen the link between Armed Forces and the nation, with a special focus on young people, and to build a common European strategic culture. Women in International Security (WIIS) Brussels, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) and CEIS will host to a roundtable at the Belgian Royal Military Academy on December 11th, from 12:30 to 14:30, focused on how a common strategic culture could enable the full realisation of European defence cooperation.Speakers will include General Luc de Rancourt, Deputy Director of Strategy at the French Ministry of the Armed Forces and Major General Lugart Claes, Commander of the Belgian Royal Military School. The event will feature testimonials from young actors in the defence domain across the public and private sectors.
Debates will be held in English and will be moderated by Pauline Massart, Deputy Head of Office of CEIS’s European Office and Vice President of WIIS Brussels.