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Workshop: St Malo’s impetus for European Security and Defence: Much Ado about Nothing?!

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Friday, 7 December 2012 to Saturday, 8 December 2012

Location: CRASSH , Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT

Workshop summary

The Franco-British summit at the French coastal resort of St Malo in December 1998 paved the way for the creation of an EU security and defence policy.

The Joint Declaration thus gained almost mythical status in studies of the development of a European “capacity for autonomous action, backed up by credible military forces, the means to decide to use them and a readiness to do so, in order to respond to international crises”. Initiatives for European security cooperation, such as the battle group concept, a 60,000 rapid reaction force, the deployment of 24 crisis management operations and the establishment of the European Defence Agency all owe their existence to this initiative.

Registration is required for attendance,

Supported by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CRASSH) and Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS),University of Cambridge, Global Governance Institute and Vesalius College, Brussels.

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Geoffrey Edwards (POLIS / Pembroke College)

Anand Menon (Political Science and International Studies, University of Birmingham)

Joachim Koops (Political Science, Vesalius College)

Hubertus Juergenliemk (POLIS / Darwin College)

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