Continuous dialogue with allies contributes to reinforcing a common compass in times of uncertainty and allows for regular joint assessment of practical and verifiable recommendations and action plans. Engaging in a dialogue with allies is an important activity for future leaders, broadening their academic and strategic thinking and helping them adapt to change and challenges to come.

The École de Guerre has been collaborating with RUSI for over seven years as part of their Academic Writing Programme. Officers pair up to choose a research project on a topic that is of interest to both institutions and work with a RUSI Research Fellow. Presentations on the day will be based on the findings of these collaborative research projects.


09:00 - 09:30 Registration and Refreshments

Refreshments will be available for attendees during registration.

09:40 - 10:20 Session One

  • Middle Powers in an Era of Great Power Competition
  • Navigating between Dragon and Eagle: Towards a New Autonomy for Middle Powers in a Sino-US World

Speakers: Aurélien Desjonqueres and Dimitri Henrard-Iratchet

10:20 - 11:00 Session Two

  • The Jeune Ecole
  • Torpedoing the Jeune Ecole: The 21st-Century Destroyer will be Multi-Domain

Speakers: Guillaume Lescot and Lionel Robertet

11:00 - 11:10 Break

Refreshments will be available for attendees of the event.

11:10 - 11:50 Session Three

  • Information Warfare
  • The Hungry Dragon: Countering Chinese Influence and Information Warfare

Speakers: Olivier Lachaux

11:50 - 12:30 Session Four

  • Societal Resilience
  • Long Hard Roads to Resilience: Mobilising Society to Face Crises by Balancing Civil-Military Responsibilities

Speakers: Henri Lafontaine and Matthieu Michaut

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch

Lunch will be provided for delegates attending the event.

13:30 - 14:10 Session Five

  • Industry in Modern War
  • Return of War in Europe: Putting the French Economy in Fighting Order to Rearm

Speakers: Pierre-Marie Lesimple and Mickaël Moreau

14:10 - 14:50 Session Six

  • Competition for Talent
  • Work in the Armed Forces: Guaranteeing Access to the Right Professionals Needed in an Economy Gearing up for a Potential High-Intensity Conflict

Speakers: Violette Quentel and Emma Zanello

14:50 - 15:00 Break

Refreshments will be provided to attendees of the event.

15:00 - 15:40 Session Seven

  • Industry in War
  • Readying for War: A New Concept of Reservists to Reinforce Industry Resilience

Speakers: Jean Citerne and Sébastien Palermo

16:00 - 17:00 Drinks Reception and Networking

Delegates and speakers are invited to attend a drinks reception following the day's presentations.

Joining Instructions

This invitation is for RUSI Members only. The full day event will take place at RUSI, 61 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2ET. A drinks reception will follow between 16:00 and 17:00.