Articles on Mark Leonard

On Iran, Obama’s bigger challenge is with his allies (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 21 October 2013

There is a tantalising prospect that the Iranian regime could become a partner to the US, rather than a rival. But when it comes to the Middle East, Obama’s thorniest problems come not from his enemies, but from his friends.

Merkel’s anti-mandate (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 25 September 2013

This election shows how much Merkel’s pragmatism has sucked the life out of national politics. The result of her victory could be to suck it out of European politics next. Her politics of “small steps” will rule out decisive moves on banking union or debt.

Syria and the politicisation of British foreign policy (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 03 September 2013

With the parliamentary rejection of a major foreign policy initiative, Britain has crossed a watershed in foreign policy making, but the question is not about whether the UK engages with the world. It is about how its foreign policy is made.

Do democracies have the guts for diplomacy on Syria? (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 06 June 2013

People used to ask whether democracies had the makeup for war. But when it comes to Syria, it seems that it is diplomacy rather than warfare that is most difficult for Western onlookers to digest.


UK Independence Party renews culture wars (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 10 May 2013

UKIP is just a small part of a broader phenomenon spreading across the developed world that resembles a political backlash against globalization and interdependence. But how should mainstream parties respond?


Think again: European decline (Commentary)

Hans Kundnani & Mark Leonard - 29 April 2013

Although it may seem that Europe is down and out as it struggles with multiple crises, things are in fact far, far better than they appear on the surface. 


The remarkable rise of continental Euroscepticism (Commentary)

José Ignacio Torreblanca & Mark Leonard - 25 April 2013

A new ECFR analysis shows that trust in the EU has plummeted across the continent. Both southern debtors and northern creditors feel like they are victims.


Revolt of the technocrats (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 18 April 2013

Does the launch of a new Eurosceptic party in Germany suggest there is fertile ground for a real alternative ahead of elections later this year, despite Merkel's refusal to countenance change?


The Europeanisation of America (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 26 February 2013

The two giant economies - Europe and the US - are no longer as different as they once were. Austerity and the prospect of decline have brought them back together.


The State of the Union and the end of persuasion (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 15 February 2013

With his State of the Union address, President Obama combined the two most powerful tactics of modern politics – big speeches and big data – to spur political action. Are we witnessing a reinvention of representative democracy?