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: Debriefing the U.N. General Assembly with Richard Gowan

    Debriefing the U.N. General Assembly with Richard Gowan

    ECFR’s director Mark Leonard talks with ECFR’s U.N. expert Richard Gowan among other things about Trump and Macron's addresses at the UNGA, the Korean nuclear crisis, the Iran deal and the Syrian peace process.

    The podcast was recorded on 21st September 2017.

    Bookshelf:
    John Le Carré, A Legacy of Spies
    Hillary Clinton, What Happened
    Zygmunt Bauman, Retrotopia

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    Cover: Europe in the German Elections

    Europe in the German Elections

    ECFR’s director Mark Leonard talks with the head of ECFR’s Berlin Office Josef Janning and ECFR's policy fellow Ulrike Franke about the upcoming federal elections in Germany, the parties that are in the running to form a government and the implications for European and foreign policy.

    The podcast was recorded on 18th September 2017.

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    Cover: L’Europe qui protège

    L'Europe qui protège

    Entretien avec Mark Leonard, directeur de l'ECFR, sur son dernier rapport "L'Europe qui protège : penser l'Union européenne à venir".

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    Cover: L’Europe qui protège: Conceiving the next European Union

    L’Europe qui protège: Conceiving the next European Union

    by Mark Leonard - 30th August, 2017

    The EU’s survival depends on protecting its citizens from the forces it has created

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    Cover: The End of the World #9: Interview with Cathy O’Neil

    The End of the World #9: Interview with Cathy O'Neil

    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 Cathy O'Neil, an American mathematician and the author of the blog mathbabe.org and several books on data science.

    Bookshelf:
    Cathy O'Neil, Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy
    Cathy O'Neil's contributions to Bloomberg.com
    The investigative journalism of ProPublica.org

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    Cover: The End of the World #8: Interview with Pankaj Mishra

    The End of the World #8: Interview with Pankaj Mishra

    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 Pankaj Mishra, author and writer of literary and political essays.

    Bookshelf:
    Pankaj Mishra, Age of Anger: A History of the Present
    Pankaj Mishra, From the Ruins of Empire: The Intellectuals Who Remade Asia
    C. A Bayly, The Birth of the Modern World, 1780-1914: Global Connections and Comparisons

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    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: Debriefing the U.N. General Assembly with Richard Gowan

    Debriefing the U.N. General Assembly with Richard Gowan

    ECFR’s director Mark Leonard talks with ECFR’s U.N. expert Richard Gowan among other things about Trump and Macron's addresses at the UNGA, the Korean nuclear crisis, the Iran deal and the Syrian peace process.

    The podcast was recorded on 21st September 2017.

    Bookshelf:
    John Le Carré, A Legacy of Spies
    Hillary Clinton, What Happened
    Zygmunt Bauman, Retrotopia

    Listen online   

    Cover: Europe in the German Elections

    Europe in the German Elections

    ECFR’s director Mark Leonard talks with the head of ECFR’s Berlin Office Josef Janning and ECFR's policy fellow Ulrike Franke about the upcoming federal elections in Germany, the parties that are in the running to form a government and the implications for European and foreign policy.

    The podcast was recorded on 18th September 2017.

    Listen online   

    Cover: L’Europe qui protège

    L'Europe qui protège

    Entretien avec Mark Leonard, directeur de l'ECFR, sur son dernier rapport "L'Europe qui protège : penser l'Union européenne à venir".

    Listen online   

    Cover: The End of the World #9: Interview with Cathy O’Neil

    The End of the World #9: Interview with Cathy O'Neil

    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 Cathy O'Neil, an American mathematician and the author of the blog mathbabe.org and several books on data science.

    Bookshelf:
    Cathy O'Neil, Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy
    Cathy O'Neil's contributions to Bloomberg.com
    The investigative journalism of ProPublica.org

    Listen online   

    Cover: The End of the World #8: Interview with Pankaj Mishra

    The End of the World #8: Interview with Pankaj Mishra

    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 Pankaj Mishra, author and writer of literary and political essays.

    Bookshelf:
    Pankaj Mishra, Age of Anger: A History of the Present
    Pankaj Mishra, From the Ruins of Empire: The Intellectuals Who Remade Asia
    C. A Bayly, The Birth of the Modern World, 1780-1914: Global Connections and Comparisons

    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

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    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

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Contact

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

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