Languages: English, French, German
Areas of Expertise: European foreign policy, 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 fortnightly column on European and global issues for Reuters.com. 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 appear regularly in publications such as 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 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.
by Mark Leonard - 18th September, 2014
Many of the trends seen in the Scottish referendum campaign have more to do with politics of the future than of the past.
11th July, 2014
Mark Leonard talks to Jeremy Shapiro and Nicu Popescu about changing transatlantic relations. How serious are the tensions between Germany and the US after the recent spying scandal? And can the EU and the US still co-operate on issues in Ukraine and the Middle East?
A history of Russia - Boris Akunin (in Russian only)
The sleepwalkers : how Europe went to war in 1914 – Christopher Clark
Hard choices – Hillary Clinton
GRU: Fifty years of history, twenty years of war - Sergey Kozlov (in Russian only)
Thinking in time: the uses of history for decision-makers – Richard E. Neustadt and Ernest R. May
1918 versus 1938: how anniversaries make history – Ivan Krastev
by Mark Leonard - 27th June, 2014
America’s hegemony in the Middle East and in global affairs is giving way to a multipolar order.
20th June, 2014
Mark Leonard discusses the latest developments in Iraq with Myriam Benraad, Vessela Tcherneva and Julien Barnes-Dacy
09th June, 2014
Mark Leonard talks to Dick Oosting and Ellie Geranmayeh about the nuclear talks in Iran, the aftermath of the European elections and the upcoming ECFR Annual Council Meeting.
- The Colonel by Mahmoud Dowlatabadi
- Détente with Iran: how Europe can maximise the changes of a final nuclear deal by Ellie Geranmayeh
- Democracy Disrupted: the Politics of Global Protest by Ivan Krastev
- Diego Hidalgo, the vision of a philantropist , edited by Pilar Sánchez Millas
- The EU's sanctions regime against Iran in the aftermath of the JPA by Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi
For more information about the ECFR Council meeting, go to www.ecfr.eu/councilmeeting and look for #ECFRmeeting on Twitter.
by Mark Leonard - 05th June, 2014
Can politicians ever win back the trust of the Eurosceptic voters who turned out in disproportionate numbers?