Rifts under sea and on land: The multiple crises in the Eastern Mediterranean

Mark Leonard's World in 30 minutes - Eastern Mediterranean - 25 September 2020

In the eastern Mediterranean, a scramble is under way between countries in the region for access to recently discovered gas fields, often overlapping with wider battle lines across the Middle East, historical tensions and far-back-reaching sentiments. Following up on last week’s conversation with spokesperson and close senior advisor to President Erdogan Ibrahim Kalin, this week’s episode analyses the crisis from a Greek, French, and Turkish perspective. Host Mark Leonard is joined by ECFR´s Turkey expert Asli Aydıntaşbaş, the head of ECFR’s Paris Office Tara Varma and ECFR Council Member, professor at the University of Athens and President of the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) Loukas Tsoukalis. Together, they discuss what led to the escalation and which different aspects are important to understand the crisis. Is Ankara adopting an assertive approach or is it playing a “stabilising role”? And what are the intentions behind President Macron´s call for a Pax Mediterranea? Can Europe’s find a common approach and voice on this conflict and in the mediation process?

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This podcast was recorded on 23 September 2020.

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• “My Brilliant Friend” and "The lying life of adults" by Elena Ferrante
• "Necropolitics” by Achille Mbembe
• “How my mother and I became Chinese propaganda” by Jiayang Fan in The New Yorker
• "Turkey’s labyrinthine relationship with the West: Seeking a way forward” by Marc Pierini

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From fragility to vitality – Analysing von der Leyen’s #SOTEU

ECFR Council - Mark Leonard's World in 30 minutes - English - European Power - European Sovereignty - Politics & Cohesion - 17 September 2020

Ursula von der Leyen’s first State of the European Union speech was as long as it was broad in topics and calls for action. Host Mark Leonard is joined by Alexander Stubb, ECFR Board Member, Director of the European University Institute’s School of Transnational Governance and Former Prime Minister of Finland and Carlos Moedas Trustee at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and former European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation. Together they break down the speech and analyse its various parts, from climate to health policy, from digital sovereignty to Europe’s place in the world. What did the Commission President promise and envision? And did she point out some black sheep?

This podcast was recorded on 16 September 2020.

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Trump’s dirty tricks

Mark Leonard's World in 30 minutes - US election 2020 - English - European Power - 11 September 2020

Although US President Donald Trump’s efforts to undermine the election are shameless, they are still more subtle than the outright election rigging that one finds in places like Belarus. Like other authoritarian leaders, Trump is deploying a new anti-democratic politics that has yet to be fully comprehended. Together with Asli Aydintasbas, Jeremy Shapiro and Andrew Wilson, Mark Leonard depicts seven dirty tricks that Trump seems to be borrowing from e.g. Russian President Vladimir Putin or Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Further reading: "Trump's dirty tricks", by Mark Leonard

This podcast was recorded on 9 September 2020.

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Interview with Daniel Seidemann

Clips - English - MENA - Israel / Palestine - 04 September 2020

In this special ECFR discussion, MENA Policy Fellow Hugh Lovatt interviews Daniel Seidemann, the Founder of Terrestrial Jerusalem and an Israeli attorney that specialises in the geopolitics of contemporary Jerusalem. Together they discuss the recent UAE – Israel normalisation deal, the threat to the status on the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif, whether a two-state solution is still achievable and what role European governments can play ahead of the US elections.

This conversation was recorded on 2 September 2020.

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Surveillance and the inevitable AI future

ECFR Council - Mark Leonard's World in 30 minutes - English - Events - European Power - European Sovereignty - 04 September 2020

In this week’s episode, we feature one of the focus sessions from our Annual Council Meeting this June. Policy Fellow Ulrike Franke moderated this online panel discussion featuring Marietje Schaake, International Director of Policy at Stanford University's Cyber Policy Centre and former Member of the European Parliament, and Carlos Moedas Trustee at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and former European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, European Commission. Is the European Union indeed a “regulatory superpower” for digitalisation and the tech market? Does the EU draw on its AI potential to the fullest? Where should Europe position itself in the US-China rivalry?

The session was recorded on 29 June 2020.

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Protest movement in Belarus: Will Lukashenko survive the current state (of) crisis?

Mark Leonard's World in 30 minutes - Wider Europe - Russia - 28 August 2020

In this week’s episode, Jeremy Shapiro stepped in as host and welcomes senior policy fellows Kadri Liik and Andrew Wilson as well as political scientist and editor of “Belarus-Analysen” Olga Dryndova to the podcast. Together, they shed light on the situation on the ground in Belarus: what are the goals do of the opposition in Belarus and what kind, if any, strategy does it have for achieving them?  How does long-time president Lukashenko see the situation and what is the state’s strategy to try to remain in power? And finally, what roles should the EU and Russia play in a mediation process?

Further reading: Why the EU now needs a deliberate Belarus policy, by Andrew Wilson

This podcast was recorded on 26 August 2020.

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If you stay ready, you don’t have to get ready: Rethinking global health security

Mark Leonard's World in 30 minutes - Coronavirus - English - European Power - 21 August 2020

“Defending the WHO is necessary but not sufficient to address the weaknesses that the corvid-19 crisis has revealed. Fundamentally, those weaknesses revolve around the interplay between, first, underfunded national and local health systems and second, international coordination which relies on goodwill and is too weak in a world of great power rivalry,” write Jonas Gahr Støre, Leader of the Norwegian Labour Party and former Health and Foreign Minister as well as David Miliband, CEO of the International Rescue Committee and former UK Foreign Secretary in their recent op-ed. Mark Leonard invited the two author to his podcast talking about how the global health system could be reformed: what role should Europe play? And is it likely that the US position to global health changes with a potential Biden win? And can China also to play a positive role in global health security?

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This podcast was recorded on 31 July 2020.

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Where there's a will, there's a way: France, Germany and EU coalition building

Mark Leonard's World in 30 minutes - English - European Power - rethink - 14 August 2020

In this week’s episode, Mark Leonard presents the new and third edition of ECFR´s Coalition explorer, which also included special questions regarding the impact of the COVID-19 crisis. Together with policy fellows Ulrike Franke and Pawel Zerka, he analyses the collected data in-depth, answering the question of France’s and Germany´s role within the EU: How are the two countries perceived by their European partners? How can this power tandem influence EU policy-making? And what kind of new coalition patterns did emerge during the covid-19 crisis?

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Further reading: The big engine that might: How France and Germany can build a geopolitical Europe by Ulrike Franke and Jana Puglierin 

The EU Coalition Explorer was developed within ECFR’s Rethink: Europe” project supported by Stiftung Mercator.

This podcast was recorded on 31 July 2020.

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The Biden effect and the future of US-Europe relations | Part II

Mark Leonard's World in 30 minutes - US election 2020 - English - European Power - European Sovereignty - 07 August 2020

After last week’s discussion with Matt Duss and Jeremy Shapiro, Mark Leonard follows up by gathering the European views on a possible Biden win and its effect on US foreign policy. Vessela Tcherneva, deputy director of ECFR and head of our Sofia office, Jana Puglierin, head of ECFRs Berlin office, Tara Varma, head of ECFRs Paris office and Jeremy Shapiro, ECFR´s research director and in-house US expert analyse what a potential Biden administration would mean for European sovereignty and EU foreign policies. How do expectations differ in France, Germany and Central and Eastern Europe? What would another Trump or Biden administration mean for European security? And could Biden also restore the public image of the US which has worsened during the coronavirus crisis significantly in Europe?

This podcast was recorded on 29 July 2020.

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The Biden effect and the future of US-Europe relations | Part I

Mark Leonard's World in 30 minutes - US election 2020 - English - European Power - 31 July 2020

The United States presidential election is approaching and there is no doubt that its result will have a significant and large-scale impact on global politics. Across the Atlantic, European analysts already started to discuss the possible outcomes and what they would mean for Europe and the transatlantic partnership. What changes would a Biden win bring? How could US foreign policy look like under him as President? How would it affect the US-Europe relations? In this week’s podcast, Mark Leonard is joined by Matt Duss, foreign policy advisor to the Bernie Sanders 2020 presidential campaign and Jeremy Shapiro, ECFR´s research director and in-house US expert to discuss what Biden will bring to the table.

This podcast was recorded on 29 July 2020.

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