The 2018 Franco-British Defence Conference

Coming soon... The Franco-British Council is preparing to deliver its 7th defence conference. Building on past success and capitalizing on an experience of almost a decade, this 2018 conference will once again bring together representatives from the most senior level of military, government, industry and academia from both sides of the Channel.

By exploring current and enduring defence issues, the goal of this annual conference is to forge new relationships and reinforce mutual understanding between the two countries' defence communities.

Leading guests invited by the Franco-British Council to speak at the 2018 conference will include: the French Ministre des Armées, the Délégué Général des Armements, the Chef d’Etat-Major des Armées as well as the UK Secretary of State for Defence... all appointed since the last conference, which promises to give the event an interesting new dimension.

Themes discussed enthusiastically at the last conference included: bilateral security cooperation after Brexit, the prospects of a shared defence culture in respect of Europe and NATO, the setting up of mutual dependency in industrial domains of sovereignty and the added value of the Franco-British partnership in the fight against terrorism. This year, we aim to focus in more details on the relationship between industry and defence, the evolving relationship between society and its armed forces and the changing demands on the military.

Since the Lancaster House Treaties in 2010, the Franco-British defence conference has established itself as a reference for the bilateral relations in the defence sector. It is funded by the French and British ministries of Defence and by partners in the defence industry.

The 2018 defence conference will take place in March and will be hosted by the French Embassy in London.

Event by invitation only. More information to come soon…