7 Dec 2012 - 8 Dec 2012 All day CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT



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)


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. 

More than a decade after St Malo and as the tenth anniversary of ESDP being declared operational approaches, this workshop aims to revisit the expectations raised at St Malo and to critically assess its aftermath. Emyr Jones Parry and Jacques Audibert, the two diplomats responsible for drafting the document have agreed to share their insights and discuss these issues, along with senior policy-makers and leading analysts from France, the UK, and several other member states.

Programme outline

Friday, 7 December 2012

13:00 – 14:00            Arrival, sandwich lunch and registration

14:00 – 15:30             Explaining St Malo

15:30 – 16:00            Coffee break

16:00 – 17:30            European defence cooperation and military capabilities in an age of austerity

18:00 – 18:45            Keynote speech Jacques Audibert:St Malo: Much ado about nothing?!

19:00 – 20:00            Dinner at Pembroke College

Saturday, 8 December 2012

09:30 – 11:00            Organising European security and defence: the institutional, administrative and capability challenges

11:00 – 11:30            Coffee break

11:30 – 13:00            Assessing the first ten years of CSDP operations

13:00 – 14:30            Lunch break

14.30 – 16.00            Panel discussion: European security cooperation in the decade ahead





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.

Registration for this event is now closed.

For a direct link to the conference programme please click here

Please contact Hubertus Juergenliemk regarding accommodation arrangements (hj247@cam.ac.uk)

NB. CRASSH is not able to help with the booking of accommodation.


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