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The Handbook of European Defence Policies and Armed Forces$
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Hugo Meijer and Marco Wyss

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198790501

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198790501.001.0001

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UK–French Defence and Security Cooperation

UK–French Defence and Security Cooperation

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(p.424) 24 UK–French Defence and Security Cooperation
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The Handbook of European Defence Policies and Armed Forces
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Alice Pannier

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198790501.003.0025

The expansion and deepening of the UK–French defence partnership that came with the signing of the Lancaster House Treaties of November 2010 is of particular importance for European armed forces. The UK–French agreement concerns Europe’s two main defence players and covers both nuclear and conventional matters. This chapter first analyses the incentives that led to the cooperation treaties being signed in November 2010. It argues that it has four drivers: converging defence policies, economic necessity, the waning of traditional bilateral partnerships, and frustration with regional defence cooperation. Then the chapter assesses the progress made in the different areas of defence: training and interoperability, procurement and industrial integration, cooperation in international crises and participation in military interventions, and nuclear cooperation. The chapter concludes with a study of the challenges faced by the two countries, while also underlining the positive effects of institutionalization on their security partnership.

Keywords:   France, UK, defence cooperation, nuclear, institutionalization, Lancaster House Treaties, Franco-British, UK–French

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