What is the event about?
Two years after the ratification of the Treaty of Aachen, Franco-German cooperation is needed more than ever. While the COVID-19 pandemic, the Brexit and strained transatlantic relations constitute European challenges, France and Germany have been driving forces in advancing European responses and solutions. The Franco-German Security Forum aims at furthering a common strategic culture by identifying areas of cooperation and paving the way for joint approaches on arising issues. The Security Forum takes place every year and brings together high-ranking decision-makers and representatives from politics, research and civil society.
What about European sovereignty and bilateral security cooperation in practice? This panel looks at the Sahel, one of the priorities of bilateral and European cooperation. What lessons can be drawn from it? What prospects are available to us in spite of divergent cultures and strategic interests?
05:00 - 06:00pm What does practice teach us? Franco-German cooperation in the Sahel
- Christophe Bigot, Head of Africa and Indian Ocean department, Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs
- Dr. Philipp Ackermann, Head of the Africa, Latin America, Near and Middle East Department at the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Niagalé Bagayoko, PhD, President of the African Security Network, senior SSR expert
- Moderation: Prof. Marina Henke, PhD, Director of the Centre for International Security, Hertie School