Sixth Annual Defence Conference
Date: 16 November 2016
Invitation Only Conference
Two day conference running on the 16 & 17 November 2016
The FBC Annual Defence Conference provides a discussion for the bilateral defence relationship, with key speakers from the military, government, industry and academia. Split into four workshops, the focus this year will largely be on joint counter-terrorism initiatives, cyber security and intelligence sharing.
Workshop 1: In Between
- What effect will Brexit have on Franco-British relations and how can we ensure continued cooperation?
- In which specific sectors could bilateral relationships be intensified? What role can our German partner play? How can France and the UK best coordinate with the US?
- What areas in defence should be preserved in the negotiation process in Brussels?
Workshop 2: Ensemble, C’est Tout?
- Should the Lancaster House treaties seek to align signatories’ military expenditure, would this make joint action feasible?
- Which aspects of the bilateral partnership could Brexit threaten?
- Can France and Britain continue to work together to in military advances?
Workshop 3: Splendid Isolation Not An Option
- Can France and Britain still talk of a defence culture in Europe? Has Europe lost its Franco-British driving force?
- Will Britain still be involved in European defence instruments?
- What will be the new channel for strategic convergence between Lancaster House partners?
- Are there Franco-British strategic priorities alongside US policy?
Workshop 4: #DefeatingTheEvil
- What value can the Franco-British partnership add in the fight against terrorism?
- Are France and Britain ready to deploy together and can this be used to counter groups such as Boko Haram?
- Is the CJEF still the flagship of Franco-British interoperability?
- Faced with the challenges of insecurity, is there sufficient intelligence sharing?