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The 26th promotion of the Ecole de guerre meets European institutions and NATO”

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Mis à jour le 7 décembre 2018

The 26th Promotion of the Ecole de Guerre, composed of 257 officers, including 74 foreign officers from 61 partner nations and a further 48 invited civilian participants, moved to Brussels from the 26th to 29th November 2018 to meet senior military and civilian personnel from across the European Union and NATO in order to understand the latest thinking and concerns of both these major global organisations.

In the current context of complex geopolitics which is being played out across multiple threats in a world full of uncertainty, the necessity for combined military operations on a strategic scale makes sense, as evidenced through counter terrorism actions throughout the Middle East with the aim of reducing the threat posed to the population directly at home. The intent to reinforce European military efforts was further cemented by the recent joint declaration by the President of the European Council, the President of the European Commission and the Secretary General of NATO issued on the 10th July 2018. Indeed, the growth of collaboration between EU nations and the reinforcement of militaries across the Europe highlights the desire to consolidate and strengthen the defensive and security resolve of European nations, even during a period of significant scepticism of the European project. During this session away from the normal conference rooms of Paris, the theme of military coherence and potentially convergence, with France in the vanguard, was at the centre of multiple briefings and discussions, which enabled the current crop of students from the Ecole de Guerre to develop their understanding of key international strategic organisations and the importance of interoperability with critical allies when considering their future roles as leaders and decision makers in headquarters and operational formations.

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