In the wake of the diplomatic rift between Paris and Washington over the AUKUS announcement, the United States and France pledged to deepen defense and security cooperation through increased support and coordination of counterterrorism efforts in the Sahel and against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Meanwhile, the Biden administration has also pledged to recognize a stronger and more capable European defense. But what is France’s strategic vision in the Sahel and the Levant? And how could a more militarily autonomous Europe reinforce transatlantic relations? What opportunities exist for new forms of collaboration?

Join us for a conversation featuring General Thierry Burkhard, Kori Schake, and Frances Z. Brown, moderated by Kevin Baron on the future of France-U.S. security cooperation in the Sahel, Levant, and beyond.