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 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.
13th February, 2015
Professor Joseph Nye, political scientist and former Dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, talks to ECFR Director Mark Leonard about his new book "Is the American Century Over?"
05th February, 2015
In this episode of World in 30 Minutes Mark Leonard, Director of ECFR, and the three experts Susi Dennison, Kadri Liik and Jose Ignacio Torreblanca, take a look at the Scorecard 2015 publication and discuss the highlights and low points of EU foreign policy in 2014.
The Limits of Partnership by Angela Stent
European Spring by Philippe Legrain
On Populist Reason by Ernesto Laclau
05th February, 2015
Mark Leonard, Bruno Maçães and Charlotte McDonald Gibson discuss the European Foreign Policy Scorecard 2015 in this episode of Monocle's Foreign Desk with Steve Bloomfield.
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Financial Times - 23rd March, 2015
Newsweek - 23rd March, 2015
The New York Times - 12th March, 2015
Die Welt - 06th March, 2015
Le Temps - 13th February, 2015
France Culture - 07th February, 2015