European Council on Foreign Relations


As well as working on specific projects and special initiatives, including Germany in Europe and the ECFR Foreign Policy Scorecard, ECFR's research work is organised around the following four programmes:

This programme explores how the EU could pursue more effective strategies in its relations with China and Asia on global issues like regional security, energy and climate change, human rights, nuclear proliferation, and global governance. Apart from producing a number of influential publications on the EU’s relationship with the region, the programme also, in cooperation with the renowned Asia Centre, publishes in-depth survey of Chinese news and debates entitles China Analysis.

The MENA programme was established in early 2011 in response to the dramatic protests across the region that became known as the ‘Arab Spring.’ Europe, like most of the world, was unprepared for these events, which have demonstrated the urgent need for the EU to re-think fundamentally its relationship with its neighbours across the Mediterranean. ECFR seeks to identify opportunities for Europe to make a real difference in the MENA region at this crucial time, and advocates European engagement with and promotion of wide-ranging reform in the region.

The Reinvention of Europe Programme aims to look at and debate the political issues facing Europe in crisis and in so doing build a positive agenda to help Europe play a major role on the world stage. Research has looked at Germany’s role in Europe, the rise of euro-scepticism, institutional change and the economics of the crisis.

Can the EU recast its relationship to its eastern neighbours and a resurgent Russia? What can be done to use the prospect of EU membership and economic, military and political cooperation to promote democracy, human rights and the rule of law, resolve frozen conflicts and lessen the threat of energy dependence?