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Special guest: Jeremy GALLONa graduate of Harvard University and HEC Paris, and an alumnus of Tsinghua University in Beijing.

A 'realpolitik' for Europe?

Debate between Jérémie Gallon and Armelle Charrier, moderated by Alain Graf.

For centuries, Europe's strength came from its curiosity about the rest of the world.

Our continent was the one that wrote history because, more than any other, it made the effort to understand otherness and elsewhere. This is no longer the case.

In The Strange DefeatMarc Bloch pointed out that one of the characteristic features of France in the 1930s was that it had turned in on itself. Its elites had turned in on their fantasies and their mediocre little passions. They had lost their appetite for understanding the changes in the world and, even more so, for drawing the consequences from them.

I am convinced that this analysis applies to Europe today.

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Jérémie Gallon

A graduate of Harvard University and HEC Paris, and an alumnus of Tsinghua University in Beijing, Jérémie Gallon began his career as a lawyer specialising in international law.

After serving as adviser to the European Union's Ambassador to the United States, he is now Managing Director for Europe of the geopolitical consultancy McLarty Associates.

He also teaches international affairs at Sciences Po and is the author of two books published by Gallimard: Diary of a young diplomat in Trump's America (2018) and Henry Kissinger, the European (2021).

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Armelle Charrier is an editorial writer on international issues for France 24, the French international channel.

Every morning she deciphers current affairs issues. A specialist in geopolitics and defence, she regularly appears on other programmes such as C dans l'air. She followed the 63e session of the IHEDN, that of General Benoit Durieux.

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Allier-born diplomat Jérémie Gallon will be sharing his views on Europe in Moulins on Monday.

The Institut des Hautes Etudes de Défense Nationale (IHEDN) is holding a conference on the geopolitics of Europe, to be seen online and in the auditorium of the Salle des Fêtes in Moulins, on Monday 10 January at 7.30pm.