Programmes

  • ECFR’s Asia and China programme is focused on understanding how Europe can best deal with China’s rise, and how it can better engage with China’s neighbours. The programme is currently working on a project on ‘What does India think?’ which is part of a broader strategy to encourage the EU to take less of a sinocentric approach to the region. Uniquely amongst European think tanks, the Asia and China programme tries to decode Chinese language debates in its quarterly ‘China Analysis’ which has become an indispensable guide to Beijing’s thinking in both China and the West.

    François Godement

    Director of the Asia and China Programme

  • The Wider Europe programme is focused on how the EU can renegotiate a new European security order after Ukraine, and develop a more coherent approach to promoting its values and interests in the Wider Europe region. As well as monitoring the situation in Ukraine, our experts are pushing for the EU to regain the initiative with Russia by redefining its own interests and looking for new channels of communication. The programme is also working on an innovative analysis of competing Eurasian integration projects.

    Fredrik Wesslau

    Director of the Wider Europe Programme

  • ECFR’s MENA programme has sought an invigorated European role in de-escalating crises and driving peace-building solutions in the MENA region during this period of unprecedented turmoil. As Syria and other crises have deepened and become more regionalized, the programme has increasingly focused its attention on the Saudi-Iranian rivalry. With the much expanded regional role being assumed by Saudi Arabia, ECFR has deepened its dialogue with Riyadh, conducting regular exchanges, reciprocal visits and developing a partnership with the King Faisal Center for Strategic and Islamic Studies and its Chair, Prince Turki Al Faisal. ECFR has also created a platform for continuous dialogue between European and Iranian policy makers and experts through a series of high-level convenings in Tehran and Brussels, including several sessions with FM Zarif. With the rise of the group calling itself the Islamic State, analysis has examined the reaction of key Middle Eastern actors in our flagship report, ‘The Islamic State through the regional lens’. The programme has continued to focus on key areas of concern and European options for impacting the trajectory of developments in, for instance, the civil war in Libya, unrest in Yemen, the Middle East Peace Process, the transitions and uncertainties in North Africa and the nuclear talks with Iran and their prospective aftermath.

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  • The European Power programme aims to help Europeans develop policy responses to the issues affecting the EU’s capacity to act on the global scene. Without a coherent framework understanding of where and how European interests, values and threats come together, the spectrum of diplomatic, trade and economic, development and defence tools that member states and EU institutions currently have at their disposal appear inadequate to the challenges of the current global environment. The programme explores the obstacles to sustainable unity on current and future foreign policy challenges and seeks to develop solutions for overcoming them.

    Susi Dennison

    Director of the European Power Programme

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