About ECFR

ECFR is an award-winning international think-tank that aims to conduct cutting-edge independent research; provide a safe meeting space for policy-makers, activists and intellectuals to share ideas; we build coalitions for change and promote informed debate about Europe’s role in the world. In 2007, ECFR’s founders set about creating a pan-European institution that could combine establishment credibility with intellectual insurgency. Now in its 10th year, ECFR is uniquely placed to continue providing a pan-European perspective, with our network of national offices in seven European capitals and over 60 staff from more than 25 different countries.

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Our unique approach

contagious ideas

Contagious ideas

Developing ideas that people talk about

ECFR has brought together a team of distinguished policy entrepreneurs to link cutting edge research to practical pan-European policy. Our research is presented through four programmes – Asia and China, Middle East and North Africa, Wider Europe and the European Power programme. 

 

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Pan-European presence

Engaging with the national conversation

ECFR is the only think-tank that has a truly pan-European footprint, with offices in Berlin, London, Madrid, Paris, Rome, Sofia and Warsaw, and a presence in Brussels. Our unique structure allows us to understand national agendas and be part of the national conversation.

 

community of leaders

Community of leaders

Bringing Europe together

ECFR’s Council is the strongest and most visible expression of our pan-European identity and consists of serving foreign ministers, former prime ministers, members of national parliaments and the European Parliament, EU Commissioners, former NATO secretary generals, thinkers, journalists and business leaders. Council Members help us to Europeanise the national conversations on the EU’s foreign policy priorities and challenges.

Leadership

Mark Leonard, Director
Alison Wallace, CEO

 

Board of Trustees

Carl Bildt (co-chair)
Emma Bonino (co-chair)
Ian Clarkson
Lykke Friis
Timothy Garton Ash
Sylvie Kauffmann
Ivan Krastev
Mabel van Oranje (co-chair)
Andrzej Olechowski
Andrew Puddephatt
Norbert Röttgen
Javier Solana
Helle Thorning-Schmidt

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Programmes

Asia & China

The Asia & China programme seeks to help Europe define a common strategic approach to China’s rise. Its experts study Xi Jinping’s leadership as well as co-operation, competition, and conflict between Beijing and its neighbours. Go to page.

European Power

The European Power programme was created in 2015 to help Europeans develop policy responses to the issues affecting the EU’s capacity to act on the global scene. The programme explores the obstacles to sustainable unity on current and future foreign policy challenges and seeks to develop solutions for overcoming them. Go to page.

Middle East & North Africa

The Middle East and North Africa programme follows political upheaval and sectarian conflict in the region, aiming to identify political solutions and help Europe develop coherent responses to North Africa’s transitions and the Middle East peace process. Go to page.

Wider Europe

To remain relevant in the region, the European Union needs a coherent and consistent strategy to promote its interests and values together with the political will to follow this through. The Wider Europe programme was launched in 2007 with the aim of fostering this process. Go to page.

National Offices

ECFR’s National Offices are a vital component of our pan-European outreach. They help us understand and influence the debate in the EU’s key national capitals, building networks amongst policy makers and journalists, and making sense of the big policy questions facing Europe in the 21st century from the differing perspectives of EU members.

The Council

A community of leaders

An overview of ECFR
Council Members
affiliations, as of
September 2015

ECFR’s pan-European reach is enhanced by our Council of prominent Europeans, who through their individual networks and collective engagement, help to Europeanise the national conversations on the EU’s foreign policy priorities and dilemmas. Currently chaired by Carl Bildt, Emma Bonino and Mabel van Oranje, the Council as a unique European strategic community includes serving foreign ministers, former prime ministers, members of national parliaments and European Parliament, EU Commissioners, former NATO secretary generals, thinkers, journalists and business leaders. Visit the ECFR Council page.

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