Assistant Professor of International Relations and European Studies Alice Pannier was awarded the 2017 Global Strategy PhD Prize by The Royal Institute for International Relations (Egmont Institute) for her dissertation on Franco-British Cooperation under the Lancaster House Treaties (2010) – Institutionalization Meets the Challenges of Bilateral Cooperation, which she defended at Sciences Po Paris, with joint supervision from King’s College London, on 4 July 2016.
Pannier’s account of how Franco-British defense cooperation was launched is based on a wealth of empirical material, including interviews with key actors. It includes an impressive analysis of how cooperation works, or does not work, in practice, addressing three dimensions: operations, notably the air campaign over Libya in 2011; capability development such as the creation of the Combined Joint Expeditionary Force; and armaments, including the One Complex Weapons initiative.
In announcing the award, the institute praised Pannier’s dissertation as especially relevant at a moment when European states are set to step up defense cooperation in various multilateral frameworks. With Brexit looming, the Franco-British relationship will remain a key component of the landscape of defense in Europe. The importance of the dissertation opens up avenues for further research, for example: What lessons can be learned from Franco-British cooperation for other initiatives that are now being put in motion? How will increased cooperation in an EU context, and especially the activation of Permanent Structured Cooperation, affect Franco-British cooperation?
An expert on European security, Pannier’s research and teaching interests cover security and defense cooperation in Europe, French and British defense policies, transatlantic relations, as well as International Relations theories. Pannier is currently preparing a book, co-authored with Olivier Schmitt (University of Southern Denmark) on French defense policy since the end of the Cold War (under contract with Routledge) and is preparing a manuscript based on her dissertation on contemporary Franco-British defense relations. Prior to joining Johns Hopkins SAIS, she was postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Strategic Research of the French ministry of Defense (IRSEM, Paris). In France, she has also been involved as secretary-general in the Association for the Study of War and Strategy (AEGES), which recently launched the European Initiative on Security Studies.