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Staff Profile: Mark Leonard

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Mark Leonard is Co-Founder and Director of the European Council on Foreign Relations, the first pan-European think-tank. He writes a fortnightly column on European and Global issues for Previously he worked as Director of Foreign Policy at the Centre for European Reform, and Director of the Foreign Policy Centre, a think-tank he founded under the patronage of Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair at the age of 24. 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 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.

Honored 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 21st century and he is regular speaker and a 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 appear regularly in publications including The Financial Times, The New York Times, Le Monde, Süddeutsche Zeitung, El Pais, Gazeta Wyborcza, Foreign Policy, the New Statesman, The Daily Telegraph, The Economist, Time, and Newsweek.

As well as writing and commenting frequently on global affairs in the media, 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 February 2008 and translated into 15 languages.

Languages: English, French, German

Expertise: Geopolitics, Globalisation, Politics of the Euro Crisis, China, Transatlantic Relations, EU Institutions, Public Diplomacy and Nation branding, European Foreign Policy,UK Foreign Policy

Contact: write to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or call +44 (0)20 7227 6869     


Recent Publications include:

ECFR publications

China 3.0 - Understanding the new China, ECFR Report edited by Mark Leonard, November 2012

A Europe of incentives: how to regain the trust of citizens and the markets, ECFR Report with Jan Zielonka, June 2012

Four scenarios for the reinvention of Europe, ECFR Essay, November 2011

The New German Question: How Europe can get the Germany it needs, ECFR policy brief with Ulrike Guérot, May 2011

The Spectre of a Multipolar Europe, ECFR Security Report, by Mark Leonard and Ivan Krastev, with Jana Kobzova, Dimitar Bechev and Andrew Wilson, October 2010

Re-wiring the US-EU relationship, ECFR memo, by Mark Leonard, Ulrike Guérot and Daniel Korski, 8 December 2008

Can the EU win the peace in Georgia?, ECFR policy brief, by Mark Leonard, Andrew Wilson and Nicu Popescu, 25 August 2008

A Power Audit of EU-Russia relations, ECFR report, by Mark Leonard and Nicu Popescu, 7 November 2007

New World Order: The balance of soft power and the rise of herbivorous powers, ECFR policy brief, by Mark Leonard  and Ivan Krastev, 24 October 2007


Ed Miliband must promote Britain's place in a new world, the Guardian, 12 March 2014

Cameron's backward-looking speech, Reuters, 23 January 2013

China's affluence trap, New Statesman, 17 January 2013

China steht vor der dritten Revolution, Süddeutsche Zeitung, 8 January 2013

Obama and Europe: Beneath Affinity, a Growing Gulf (with Hans Kundnani) World Politics Review, 8 January 2013

La gran disgregación global, El Pais, 6 January 2013

In 2013, the great global unraveling, Reuters, 30 December 2012

New World, Old Israel, El Pais, 23 November 2012

Mark Leonard's Reuters column, Reuters, 21 November 2012

The Old Guard, El Pais, 15 November 2012

China and U.S. face mirror-image leadership challenges, Reuters, 6 November 2012

Barack Obama: The man with two brains, New Statesman, 1 November 2012

U.S.-German relationship on the rocks (with Ian Bremmer) Washington Post, 19 October 2012

China's technology revolution, Reuters, 27 September 2012

El gran divorcio chino-americano, El Pais, 14 September 2012

The great Sino-American Divorce, Reuters, 24 Aug 2012

The End of the Affair, Foreign Policy, 24 July 2012

Terminating the European status, Reuters, 5 July 2012

Merkel is our only hope, New Statesman, 27 June 2012

Europe will leave G20 with a unilateral future, Reuters, 20 June 2012

The dark flip side of European technocracy, Gazeta Wyborcza,16/17 June 2012  (Polish translation)

The dark flip side of European technocracy, Reuters, 31 May 2012

What the rise and fall of Bo Xilai tells us about China's future, Sunday Telegraph, 18 March 2012

Will the Europeans ever get their act together on security? The Security Times, February 2012

L'éclatement de l'Europe est un risque réel, Le Monde, 9 November 2011

La necesidad y la imposibilidad de más Europa, El Pais, 4 November 2011

A marginalised Britain makes the break-up of the EU more likely, New Statesman, 31 October 2011

Europe’s Multipolar Neighborhood, Carnegie Europe - Strategic Europe, 30 September 2011

Nie ma Europy jednej prędkości, Gazeta Wyborcza, 9 September 2011

Why China Wants a G-3 World, New York Times, 7 September 2011

Breaking Europe’s cycle of enfeeblement, Financial Times, 17 August 2011

Egypt, Europe, and the Seeds of a Crisis, New York Times, 2 August 2011

Bring Germany in from the cold on Libya, European Voice, 31 March 2011

World in Motion, New Statesman, 24 March 2011

We need new rules for a multipolar Europe, Financial Times, 20 October 2010

The 20 year crisis, The Security Times, February 2010

How to deal with a more assertive China? Süddeutsche Zeitung, 4 February 2010

Europe must rediscover its power, Guardian - Comment is free, 1 December 2009

What next for China?, Renewal, Vol 17, No 1, 2009

The self-hating Parliament, Wall Street Journal, 9 June 2009

Dinner in New York with George Soros, New Statesman, 4 December 2008

What now?, eGov Monitor, 5 November 2008

Poisonous Relations, Newsweek, 28 July 2008

Big Brother versus YouTube, Spectator, 17 July 2008

Get involved over Georgia or invite a war, Financial Times, 3 June 2008

The Rise of China's Neocons, Newsweek, 17 March 2008

China's new intelligentsia
, Prospect, March 2008

A five-point strategy for EU-Russia relations
, Europe's World

No grandstanding on China, please
, The Times, 16 February 2008

Yuschenko: we are living in historical times
, The Spectator, 16 May 2008

How Gordon Sees The World
The Spectator, 23 August 2006

The battle for China's future
Financial Times, 8 July 2005

Tangerine Dream: is political reform in Egypt possible?
Financial Times

The US Heads Home: Will Europe Regret It?
Financial Times

Think Tank pieces

Divided World: The struggle for supremacy in 2020
, Centre for European Reform, January 2007

The EUs Awkward Neighbour: time for a new policy on Belarus
, Centre for European Reform, April 2006

Georgia and the EU: can Europes neighbourhood policy deliver?
, Centre for European Reform, September 2005

Crunch-time on Iran: Five ways out of a nuclear crisis
, Centre for European Reform, July 2005

Democracy and Human Development in the Broader Middle East: A Transatlantic Strategy for Partnership
, Istanbul Papers, July 2004


Why Europe will run the 21st Century
, 2005

What Does China Think?,



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