Experts & Staff


Mark Leonard

Director

Languages: English, French, German
Areas of Expertise: Geo-politics and Geo-economics, China, EU-Russia relations, transatlantic relations, EU institutions, Public diplomacy and nation branding, UK foreign policy

Mark Leonard is co-founder and director of the European Council on Foreign Relations, the first pan-European think tank.

He writes a syndicated column on global affairs for Reuters.com and is Chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Geoeconomics.

 Previously he worked as director of foreign policy at the Centre for European Reform and as director of the Foreign Policy Centre, a think tank he founded at the age of 24 under the patronage of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. In the 1990s Mark worked for the think tank Demos where his Britain™ report was credited with launching Cool Britannia. Mark has spent time in Washington, D.C. as a Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, and in Beijing as a visiting scholar at the Chinese Academy for Social Sciences.

Honoured as a “Young Global Leader” of the World Economic Forum, he spends a lot of time helping governments, companies, and international organisations make sense of the big geo-political trends of the twenty-first century. He is a regular speaker and prolific writer and commentator on global issues, the future of Europe, China's internal politics, and the practice of diplomacy and business in a networked world. His essays have  appeared in publications such as Foreign Affairs, The Financial TimesThe New York TimesLe MondeSüddeutsche ZeitungEl PaisGazeta WyborczaForeign Policy, the New StatesmanThe Daily TelegraphThe EconomistTime, and Newsweek.

As well as writing and commenting frequently in the media on global affairs, Mark is author of two best-selling books. His first book, Why Europe will run the 21st Century, was published in 2005 and translated into 19 languages. Mark’s second book, What does China think? was published in 2008 and translated into 15 languages. He has published an edited volume on Connectivity Wars and is working on a future book on the same topic. 


Latest from Mark Leonard

  • Cover: The End of the World #7: Interview with Yascha Mounk

    The End of the World #7: Interview with Yascha Mounk

    For the rest of the summer Mark Leonard will be breaking from the usual World in 30 Minutes format to talk about how the global order is being challenged. This week, he is joined by Yascha Mounk, a lecturer on Government at Harvard University and the host of The Good Fight podcast to talk about the sustainability of democracy in the liberal international order. 

    Bookshelf:
    Yascha Mounk, The People Versus Democracy
    Roberto Stefan Foa and Yascha Mounk, The Democratic Disconnect, available here
    Edward Luce, The Retreat of Liberalism
    Ivan Krastev, After Europe
    Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, The Leopard

    Listen online   


    Cover: The End of the World #6: Interview with Carl Bildt

    The End of the World #6: Interview with Carl Bildt

    For the rest of the summer Mark Leonard will be breaking from the usual World in 30 Minutes format to talk about how the global order is being challenged. This week, he is joined by Carl Bildt, a former prime minister of Sweden and ECFR's co-chair, to talk about Internet governance and cybersecurity.

    Carl argues that Europe is far behind China and the US in terms of internet governance. Data encryption, free flow of date and regulation of state surveillance: EU countries definitely have a busy schedule ahead.

    Bookshelf:
    Report of the Global Commission on Internet Governance, available here
    Internet Society website, available here
    ECFR, Europe's Digital Power, available here

    Listen online   


    Cover: The End of the World #5: Interview with Mary Kaldor

    The End of the World #5: Interview with Mary Kaldor

    In episode 5 Mark is joined by ECFR's Anthony Dworkin and Professor Mary Kaldor, who is Director of the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit at the London School of Economics, to talk about new wars and foreign interventions.

    According to Mary, it is no longer a question of whether or not to intervene in foreign conflicts but how to do so. She upholds that the only way to end new wars is to negotiate political solutions that involve local movements and civil society.

    Bookshelf:
    Christine Chinkin & Mary Kaldor, International Law and New Wars
    Stephen Neff, War and the Law of Nations

    Listen online   


    Cover: The End of the World #4: Interview with Vincenzo Iozzo

    The End of the World #4: Interview with Vincenzo Iozzo

    In episode 4 Mark Leonard is joined by Jeremy Shapiro, ECFR's research director, and Vincenzo Iozzo, a research associate at the MIT Media Lab and the co-founder of IperLane, Inc, a cybersecurity company.

    Vincenzo argues that the Internet has become too important and too insecure for the governments to keep ignoring its existence. Regulation at a softer level and a market push at the basic infrastructure level will be needed to ensure public security in the cyberspace

    Bookshelf:
    Vincenzo Iozzo et al., IOS Hacker's Handbook

    Listen online   


    Cover: The End of the World #3: Interview with Parag Khanna

    The End of the World #3: Interview with Parag Khanna

    In episode 3 Mark Leonard is joined by Parag Khanna, a Senior Research Fellow at the Center on Asia and Globalization at the National University of Singapore and best-selling author of a trilogy of books on the future of world order.

    Bookshelf: 
    Parag Khanna, The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order 
    How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance 
    Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization

    Listen online   



    Germany’s New Power of the Purse (Commentary)

    Mark Leonard - 02 August 2017

    Berlin's firmer line on Turkey confirms Germany's status as a major economic power.


    Cover: Poland’s political crisis: what consequences for Europe?

    Poland's political crisis: what consequences for Europe?

    ECFR’s director Mark Leonard talks with Wawrzyniec Smoczyński, the founder and editor in chief of the magazine Polityka Insight, about the political crisis that shakes Poland and threatens the liberal foundations of its constitutional order.

    The podcast was recorded on 14th July 2017.

    Bookshelf:
    Gary Klein, Seeing What Others Don't. The Remarkable Ways We Gain Insights

    Listen online   


  • Cover: The End of the World #7: Interview with Yascha Mounk

    The End of the World #7: Interview with Yascha Mounk

    For the rest of the summer Mark Leonard will be breaking from the usual World in 30 Minutes format to talk about how the global order is being challenged. This week, he is joined by Yascha Mounk, a lecturer on Government at Harvard University and the host of The Good Fight podcast to talk about the sustainability of democracy in the liberal international order. 

    Bookshelf:
    Yascha Mounk, The People Versus Democracy
    Roberto Stefan Foa and Yascha Mounk, The Democratic Disconnect, available here
    Edward Luce, The Retreat of Liberalism
    Ivan Krastev, After Europe
    Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, The Leopard

    Listen online   

    Cover: The End of the World #6: Interview with Carl Bildt

    The End of the World #6: Interview with Carl Bildt

    For the rest of the summer Mark Leonard will be breaking from the usual World in 30 Minutes format to talk about how the global order is being challenged. This week, he is joined by Carl Bildt, a former prime minister of Sweden and ECFR's co-chair, to talk about Internet governance and cybersecurity.

    Carl argues that Europe is far behind China and the US in terms of internet governance. Data encryption, free flow of date and regulation of state surveillance: EU countries definitely have a busy schedule ahead.

    Bookshelf:
    Report of the Global Commission on Internet Governance, available here
    Internet Society website, available here
    ECFR, Europe's Digital Power, available here

    Listen online   

    Cover: The End of the World #5: Interview with Mary Kaldor

    The End of the World #5: Interview with Mary Kaldor

    In episode 5 Mark is joined by ECFR's Anthony Dworkin and Professor Mary Kaldor, who is Director of the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit at the London School of Economics, to talk about new wars and foreign interventions.

    According to Mary, it is no longer a question of whether or not to intervene in foreign conflicts but how to do so. She upholds that the only way to end new wars is to negotiate political solutions that involve local movements and civil society.

    Bookshelf:
    Christine Chinkin & Mary Kaldor, International Law and New Wars
    Stephen Neff, War and the Law of Nations

    Listen online   

    Cover: The End of the World #4: Interview with Vincenzo Iozzo

    The End of the World #4: Interview with Vincenzo Iozzo

    In episode 4 Mark Leonard is joined by Jeremy Shapiro, ECFR's research director, and Vincenzo Iozzo, a research associate at the MIT Media Lab and the co-founder of IperLane, Inc, a cybersecurity company.

    Vincenzo argues that the Internet has become too important and too insecure for the governments to keep ignoring its existence. Regulation at a softer level and a market push at the basic infrastructure level will be needed to ensure public security in the cyberspace

    Bookshelf:
    Vincenzo Iozzo et al., IOS Hacker's Handbook

    Listen online   

    Cover: The End of the World #3: Interview with Parag Khanna

    The End of the World #3: Interview with Parag Khanna

    In episode 3 Mark Leonard is joined by Parag Khanna, a Senior Research Fellow at the Center on Asia and Globalization at the National University of Singapore and best-selling author of a trilogy of books on the future of world order.

    Bookshelf: 
    Parag Khanna, The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order 
    How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance 
    Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization

    Listen online   

    Cover: Poland’s political crisis: what consequences for Europe?

    Poland's political crisis: what consequences for Europe?

    ECFR’s director Mark Leonard talks with Wawrzyniec Smoczyński, the founder and editor in chief of the magazine Polityka Insight, about the political crisis that shakes Poland and threatens the liberal foundations of its constitutional order.

    The podcast was recorded on 14th July 2017.

    Bookshelf:
    Gary Klein, Seeing What Others Don't. The Remarkable Ways We Gain Insights

    Listen online   

    Discussing political extremism with Brendan Cox

    ECFR’s director Mark Leonard talks with Brendan Cox, a humanitarian campaigner and the widower of MP Jo Cox, about his fight against political extremism.

    The podcast was recorded on 27th June 2017.

    Bookshelf:
    Brendan Cox, Jo Cox: More in Common
    Sheryl Sandberg, Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy

    Listen online   

    ECFR Annual Council Meeting 2017: Welcome Speech by Mark Leonard

    Mark Leonard, Founding-Director of the European Council on Foreign Relations, started ECFR's Annual Council Meeting 2017 in Berlin with a reflection on the European idea, the idea behind ECFR and how to rethink European integration.

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Contact

Email: mark.leonard@ecfr.eu
Tel: +44 (0)20 7227 6869

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