In-Depth Research & ReportsFeb 12, 2021
Toward a future EU-UK relationship in foreign policy and defense
By Gen. Stéphane Abrial, Sir Peter Westmacott, Olivier-Rémy Bel
The UK and the EU will continue to share the same geography, the same strategic environment, and the same values, a reality recognized on both sides of the Channel. As the UK moves on from the Brexit process, it should find in the EU a partner sharing the same values and aspirations.
New AtlanticistJan 7, 2021
What European strategic autonomy requires: smarter talk, more action
By Olivier-Rémy Bel
Focusing on action rather than sterile debates does not mean conversations on these matters have to end. There is still a major question to be answered: What are the aims of strategic autonomy? What would Europe do with it?
Olivier-Remy Bel is a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, with a background in European security. He also serves as Special Advisor for the French Presidency of the EU at the French Ministry for the Armed Forces and was previously (2019-2021) a Visting Fellow at the Atlantic Council.
Before that, he was a staffer to Florence Parly, the French Minister of Defense, in charge of European and African Affairs as well as Arms Export Control. He was previously working for the French Ministry of Defense’s Directorate General for International Relations and Strategy. There, he served as Head of the EU Desk, where he was in particular involved in negotiating European initiatives such as the European Defence Fund and the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO), and Head of the North America Desk.
A graduate from the Ecole nationale d’administration (ENA – the French civil service fast stream training program), he holds a B.A. from Cambridge University, an M.A. from the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po).