The UK-French Cooperation During D. Cameron Two Terms

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DOI: 10.20542/0131-2227-2017-61-2-44-53
T. Andreeva (andreeva@imemo.ru), Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Russian Academy of Sciences (IMEMO), 23, Profsoyuznaya Str., Moscow, 117997, Russian Federation 

Abstract. The article is devoted to the problem of the development of the Anglo-French cooperation mainly in the military sphere during the David Cameron two cabinets: the D. Cameron–N. Clegg coalition and D. Cameron conservative cabinets. The research scrutinizes the reigniting of the bilateral cooperation by signing the Lancaster agreements on military, industrial and technological cooperation between Britain and France (2010) and other different agreements up to 2016. The bilateral cooperation is described like “an affair of equals” with equal military power and global reach. The author stresses the significance of the Anglo-French cooperation for strengthening the dominating military role of NATO under the EU military dimension (CFSP/CSDP). The study also underlines the importance of this cooperation for improving the British relationship with the U.S. which political and military interests since the end of the old War have been shifted from the European security to affairs in the Asia-Pacific region. The author pays attention to the Franco-British lead in the Libyan military company against M. Kaddafi in 2011 and to participation of these two countries in imposing sanctions on Russia during the Ukrainian crisis. The article shows the process of elaborating by the two countries of the consolidated position on Syrian civil war and on creation of the terrorist organization – “The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL). The research highlights in details the very path of all directions of cooperation during the last six years. Special attention of the study is paid to cooperation in testing of French and British nuclear missiles in two newly created special laboratories in France and in the United Kingdom. The analysis also scrutinizes the implementation of the Lancaster and other Anglo-French agreements on such issues as creation of the Combined Joint Expeditionary Force (CJEF), elaboration of technologies for production of the strategic missile SCALP/Storm Shadow, construction of nuclear power stations in the UK and interaction on immigration crisis. The author attempts to answer the question whether the bilateral cooperation will last for a long time and what its ignition means for international relations. 

Keywords: Great Britain, France, U.S., UK-French cooperation, NATO, EU 


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For citation:
Andreeva T. The UK-French Cooperation During D. Cameron Two Terms. World Eonomy and International Relations, 2017, vol. 61, no. 2, pp. 44-53. https://doi.org/10.20542/0131-2227-2017-61-2-44-53



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