Tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean: Europe's mediatory power & Turkish-Greek reconciliation

- 29 September 2020

What is the best strategy for de-escalation? Will Europe be able to overcome its internal divisions on East Med?

Turkey's role in the Eastern Mediterranean: Threats of Conflict and Prospects for Dialogue

Ibrahim Kalin | Mark Leonard - 17 September 2020

Virtual talk on 17 September 2020 with Ibrahim Kalin on Turkey's position in the current Eastern Mediterranean conflict, the risks of military escalation and prospects for a dialogue with Europe.

Special ECFR Quarantimes - with Joseph Wu

ECFR - 10 July 2020

Taiwan’s experience with fighting the coronavirus has shown that there is a way in overcoming pandemics without sacrificing fundamental values like democracy, freedom and human rights.

Deep Dive into Russia: Putin's battle with the windmills of history

Sergey Radchenko - 01 July 2020

Sergey Radchenko, Director of Research and Professor of International Relations at the University of Cardiff, dives into Vladimir Putin's view of the history of World War II.

Remarks from Heiko Maas, Foreign Minister of Germany, at ECFR Annual Council Meeting 2020

Heiko Maas - 29 June 2020

Opening remarks from Heiko Maas, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany, at ECFR Virtual Annual Council Meeting 2020, held on 29-30 June.

Deep Dive into Russia: covid-19 in the Russian regions

Natalia Zubarevich - 24 June 2020

Natalia Zubarevich, Professor at the Moscow State University is a renowned economic geographer and a specialist on socio-economic development of the Russian regions. In her lecture, she will analyse the situation of the coronavirus pandemic in Russia, with a special focus on the regions.

ECFR Quarantimes #10 - with C. Raja Mohan

ECFR - 19 June 2020

How is the coronavirus crisis reshaping India’s geopolitics? Amid tensions with China, the US' global withdrawal as well as hyper-globalisation, C. Raja Mohan, Director of the Insitute of South Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore, calls for a new compact between India and the West to produce a new world order for the 21st century.

ECFR Quarantimes #9 - with Niall Ferguson

ECFR - 18 June 2020

In his latest paper "Black Swans, Dragon Kings and Gray Rhinos", best-selling author and renowned historian Niall Ferguson explains what the First World War and the outbreak of covid-19 have in common. What socio-economic, political and geopolitical lessons can we draw as we face the consequences of the coronavirus?

Deep Dive into Russia: Russia's view on the future of arms control

Andrey Baklitskiy - 08 June 2020

Andrey Baklitsky, a consultant at PIR Center Moscow, analyses the current picture of arms control since the US withdrawal from the INF treaty and how this could impact the strategic stability in the global order and draw the Russian countermeasures.

ECFR Quarantimes #8 - with Wolfgang Schmidt

ECFR - 05 June 2020

Has the coronavirus been Europe’s ‘Hamiltonian’ moment?

Deep Dive into Russia: Bolsheviks under lockdown

Yuri Slezkine - 03 June 2020

Yuri Slezkine is Professor of Russian history and Director of the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and currently visiting fellow at Oxford. He's an author of several books, the latest being "The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution". In his talk, he explores the Bolsheviks under lockdown: isolation and self-isolation in the name of collectivism.

ECFR Quarantimes #7 - with Carlos Lopes

ECFR - 28 May 2020

What will the future of Africa-Europe relations look like? Will there be opportunities for a renewed partnership? Carlos Lopes, African Union High Representative for Partnerships with Europe and Professor at the Mandela School of Public Governance at the University of Cape Town shares his view from Africa on the evolving international order, geopolitical trends, and the impact on EU-Africa relations in a post-COVID-19 world.

Deep Dive into Russia: the Russian worldview after the pandemic: 'Nichts Neues'

Fyodor Lukyanov - 27 May 2020

This week in the ‘Deep Dive into Russia’ we will have with us Fyodor Lukyanov, a professor at the Higher School of Economics and Chairman of SVOP (Council on Foreign and Defense Policy). Lukyanov's talk titled “Russian worldview after pandemic: Nichts Neues” will discuss the evolution of Russia’s thinking about the West, and what to expect - or not - after the covid-19 pandemic.

Deep Dive into Russia: Putin – an accidental President?

Catherine Belton - 22 May 2020

This week we will have with us Catherine Belton, a renowned business journalist, who has just published a book "Putin's People: How the KGB took back Russia and then took on the West". In the lecture, Catherine will share her findings of KGB networks behind Putin and their interactions with the West.

ECFR Quarantimes #6 - with Ann Linde

ECFR - 20 May 2020

"Now is the time for realism, cooperation, compromise and a common vision. This is really a bad crisis. But in the midst of chaos, there is always an opportunity."

Foreign relations and geopolitics in times of covid-19

Ekaterina Zahariev, Ognyan Zlatev - 18 May 2020

Ekaterina Zahariev and Ognyan Zlatev discuss on the Western Balkans’ prospects of EU accession; the EU’s role in the Serbia-Kosovo dialogue and the future of Bulgaria’s accession to the ERM II.

ECFR Quarantimes #5 - with Karolina Wigura

ECFR - 14 May 2020

What kind of role do emotions play in the response to covid-19? How could the pandemic contaminate Europe's democracy when illiberal populists use it to seize more power?

Deep Dive into Russia: Russia and the OSCE-based European order

Andrey Zagorsky - 13 May 2020

This week we will have with us Andrey Zagorsky, professor at MGIMO (Moscow State Institute of International Relations) and IMEMO (the Institute of World Economy and International Relations). Andrey will speak about “Russia and the OSCE-based European order".

ECFR Quarantimes #4 - with Frank Snowden

ECFR - 07 May 2020

What lessons can we draw from post pandemic’s to prepare our politics, economies and societies for the future? Frank Snowden, Professor Emeritus of History and History of Medicine at Yale University, explores them in this week’s Quarantimes.

Deep Dive into Russia: Russia and West: from Crimea-14 to Covid-19

Alexey Levinson - 05 May 2020

This week we will have with us Alexey Levinson, sociologist with the Levada Centre. Under the topic of "Russia and West: from Crimea-14 to Covid-19", Alexey will explore the attitudes of Russians towards the West and Western criticism of Russia.

ECFR Quarantimes #3 - with Arancha González

ECFR - 30 April 2020

Arancha González, Spain’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, shares her thinking on how global health can help revive multilateralism.

Deep dive into Russia: Russia’s concept of sovereignty and its implications

Lauri Mälksoo - 28 April 2020

This week have with us Lauri Mälksoo, Professor of International Law at the Tartu University and Author of “Russian Approaches to International Law” speaking about Russia’s concept of sovereignty and its implications.

Deep dive into Russia: Covid-19's impact on US elections & US-Russia relations

Dmitry Suslov - 27 April 2020

Dmitry Suslov, Deputy Director, Center for Comprehensive European and International Studies, National Research University Higher School of Economics provides a view from Moscow on the impact of covid-19 on the US elections in autumn and US-Russia relations.

Quarantimes: Thinking big in times of covid-19

Carl Bildt - 22 April 2020

Carl Bildt, Co-chair at ECFR and former prime minister of Sweden, launches the new series ECFR Quarantimes: Thinking big in times of covid-19, setting out Europe's role in the new international system of a post-corona world

Deep dive into Russia: Russian economy: short, mid and long-term outlook

Sergey Guriev - 16 April 2020

Sergey Guriev, Professor at Sciences Po and former chief economist at EBRD, focused in this lecture on the Russian economy and gave a short, mid and long-term outlook.

Deep dive into Russia: The impact of covid-19 on the international system

Andrey Kortunov - 06 April 2020

Andrey Kortunov, Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), analyses the impact of covid-19 on the international system, with a special focus on Russia

Borrell returns: His vision for Europe

ECFR - 22 May 2019

An exclusive ECFR Madrid interview with Josep Borrell, Spanish Foreign Minister and lead PSOE candidate for the European Parliament elections, on the European Union and his vision for it

Ivan Krastev on fears and hopes ahead of the European Parliament election

Ivan Krastev - 09 May 2019

Ivan Krastev talks from Warsaw on how voters in many EU countries are more worried about nationals leaving the country than about foreigners coming in, as a recent ECFR survey shows.

Video: The Middle East’s new battlelines

ECFR - 03 May 2019

ECFR’s New Battlelines Project maps Iran’s coalition of allies, regional influence and the counter-coalition that has formed to oppose them.

“War and Peace: Has Trump made the world more dangerous?”

Mark Leonard - 26 April 2019

Mark Leonard participates in a debate organised by The Institute of Art and Ideas (IAI) in London.

The Four Crises of Europe: Felipe González and the European Elections

José Ignacio Torreblanca - 08 April 2019

ECFR Madrid sits down with former Spanish Prime Minister Felipe González to discuss topics such as the state of the European Union ahead of May's European Parliament elections, the rise of Eurosceptic parties, Brexit, and relations with the US and Russia.

How to restore democracy in Venezuela? Interview with Felipe González

José Ignacio Torreblanca - 07 February 2019

ECFR Madrid in collaboration with Fundación Felipe González recorded a conversation between former Spanish Prime Minister Felipe González and Head of the ECFR Madrid Office José Ignacio Torreblanca on the situation in Venezuela and the legitimacy of Juan Guaidó’s claim to the presidency.

Video: A new European security in a new strategic environment

Katharina Botel-Azzinnaro - 21 June 2018

How can security be achieved in an age of connectivity?

The Southern Front Line

Fatim-Zohra El Malki & Anthony Dworkin - 15 February 2018

ECFR Visiting Fellow Fatim-Zohra El Malki explains EU counter-terrorism cooperation with Tunisia and Morocco.

Europe in the German Elections

- 18 September 2017

Everything you need to know about the German elections: Which parties are in the running to form a government, and what are the implications for European and foreign policy?

Sigmar Gabriel, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany @ #ECFR17

- 26 June 2017


with Minister Sigmar Gabriel, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany,

moderated by: Christine Ockrent, Commentator and writer

Mohammad Javad Zarif: "Security cannot be purchased"

- 26 June 2017

Powerful argument from Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif - "Security cannot be purchased" - at ECFR's 10th anniversary council meeting

Macron vs. Le Pen: the French decide on Europe's future

- 05 May 2017

The showdown Macron vs. Le Pen will define France and, potentially, Europe for years to come. Watch a quick run through these two radically different policy agendas.

French Election: What foreign policy for France in 2017?

- 21 April 2017

Where the candidates stand on European and foreign policy in a 2-minute explainer video.

Why Europe's refugee deal with Libya is a bad idea

Elham Saudi - 23 March 2017

Elham Saudi on why Europe's refugee deal with Libya is a bad idea.

What does America’s new President mean for Europe?

Anthony Dworkin & Jeremy Shapiro - 10 November 2016

Jeremy Shapiro and Leslie Vinjamuri analyse Donald Trump's election victory.

US presidential election 2016

Conor Quinn & Jeremy Shapiro - 09 November 2016

Jeremy Shapiro, ECFR research director and former colleague of Hillary Clinton at the US State Department, gives his first impressions of the election result.

Crisis and resilience in Libya and Tunisia

Katharina Botel-Azzinnaro - 21 September 2016

High-level officials and analysts discuss the challenges facing Tunisia's transition, and the development of the political process in Libya.

The world according to Europe’s insurgent parties

- 13 September 2016

Douglas Carswell, UKIP MP for Clacton, discusses how Europe's foreign policy is being affected by insurgent parties.

Scotland’s future in Europe

- 12 September 2016

Leader of the Scottish Conservatives, Ruth Davidson MSP, spells out her alternative plan for Scotland in the wake of the Brexit vote.

Future conflicts: trade, finance and migration as weapons of the 21st century

Mark Leonard - 22 July 2016

The three new battlegrounds are economic warfare, weaponising institutions, and infrastructure competition.

ECFR's Annual Council Meeting 2016 - Highlights

Katharina Botel-Azzinnaro - 07 July 2016

Over 200 serving and former European leaders discuss the future of Europe in the aftermath of the UK’s EU referendum.

How to step up Europe's digital game?

- 07 June 2016

In the digital world Europe is lagging far behind. How can it become a key player? 

EU Cohesion Monitor

Josef Janning - 13 May 2016

Josef Janning introduces the EU Cohesion Monitor and explains some of the stories hidden in its data.

How can Europe step up its digital game? #EUDigitPower

Nika Prislan - 13 May 2016

This video is part of ECFR's "Europe's Digital Power" research project

EU Cohesion Monitor launches in Berlin

Christoph Klavehn - 11 May 2016

Photos of the EU Cohesion Monitors' public launch at ProjektZentrum Berlin of Stiftung Mercator on 11 May 2016.

Brexit and Britain’s security

Katharina Botel-Azzinnaro & Nick Witney - 26 April 2016

Nigel Inkster, former MI6 board member, and Nick Witney, former chief executive of the European Defence Agency and co-director of ECFR's European Power programme, give us their perspectives.

Slavery and exploitation of Syrian refugees in Lebanon

Katharina Botel-Azzinnaro - 22 April 2016

Nick Grono and Dr. Katharine Jones discuss what role Europe can play in ensuring the protection of the Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

China’s economy

Katharina Botel-Azzinnaro - 14 April 2016

Powerhouse, menace or next Japan? Arthur R. Kroeber, founder of the Gavekal Dragonomics research service and editor of China Economic Quarterly, explains where China's economy might be heading.

Transatlantic relations and US presidential election

Katharina Botel-Azzinnaro - 01 April 2016

Julianne Smith from the Center for a New American Security explains the presidential nominees' plans for transatlantic relations

The ICTY: A Model for Justice or an Anomaly?

Katharina Botel-Azzinnaro - 23 March 2016

Julian Borger, world affairs editor for The Guardian, and Philippe Sands QC,  professor of law at UCL, discuss the ICTY and its efficacy.

Iran post sanctions and elections

Katharina Botel-Azzinnaro - 18 March 2016

Richard Nephew from the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University takes a look at the openings and challenges for Europe and the US .

Russia’s strategy in the Middle East

Katharina Botel-Azzinnaro & Kadri Liik - 08 March 2016

Kadri Liik gives her analysis on Russia's intervention in the Middle East.

What next for US-Russia relations?

Katharina Botel-Azzinnaro - 03 March 2016

Dmitry Suslov, Programme Director at Valdai International Discussion Club, gives his analysis.

Yemen: What Next?

Katharina Botel-Azzinnaro - 25 February 2016

Iona Craig, Nawal al-Maghafi, and Adam Baron, discuss how Europe can help solve the crisis.

Sinai: Sisi’s war on terror

Katharina Botel-Azzinnaro - 05 February 2016

Journalist and Sinai researcher Mohannad Sabry explains Egyptian president al-Sisi's approach to the war on terror, and its consequences.

Turkey’s challenges in a region in crisis

Asli Aydıntaşbaş & Katharina Botel-Azzinnaro - 22 January 2016

Aslı Aydıntaşbaş, journalist and visiting fellow at ECFR, explains whether the recent migration deal with the EU is workable

Prospects for Syria in 2016

Katharina Botel-Azzinnaro - 15 January 2016

Participants of ECFR's MENA Forum discuss how the EU can assist Syria in resolving the crisis

Britain in Europe: So near yet so far?

Katharina Botel-Azzinnaro & Susi Dennison & Almut Möller - 17 December 2015

Almut Moeller and Susi Dennison discuss the Britain in Europe Renegotiation Scorecard, and how the fourth basket around migration can be moved forward.

China’s transition to democracy

Katharina Botel-Azzinnaro - 15 December 2015

Minxin Pei, Director of the Keck Center, explains whether China might become a democracy, or whether it's more likely that China will become a more authoritarian state.

How can Japan-EU trade relations be improved? What has prevented closer ties in the past?

Katharina Botel-Azzinnaro - 14 December 2015

Pascal Lamy, former Director-General of the World Trade Organisation, explains the challenges in Japan-EU trade relations, and Haruko Satoh, Professor at Osaka University, what part culture plays in the bilateral relations.

Should Japan and the EU expand their security cooperation?

Katharina Botel-Azzinnaro - 14 December 2015

Yoichi Kato, national security correspondent for the Asahi Shimbun, explains if, and where Japan and Europe could join forces.

How much does Europe matter for Japan? (in German)

- 09 December 2015

Keynote speech by Christian Wulff, former Federal President of Germany (in German). Recorded at the recent ECFR/Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung conference "Shaping the Future: Japan in Europe" in Berlin. 

Why Japan and Europe need to work more closely together - the Japanese perspective

- 09 December 2015

Keynote speech by Yukio Okamoto, former Special Advisor to the Japanese Prime Minister. Recorded at the recent ECFR/Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung conference "Shaping the Future: Japan in Europe" in Berlin.

Why Japan and Europe need to work more closely together - the European perspective

- 09 December 2015

Keynote speech by Joschka Fischer, former Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister of Germany. Recorded at the recent ECFR/Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung conference "Shaping the Future: Japan in Europe" in Berlin.

Japan and Europe: How can relations be revived?

Katharina Botel-Azzinnaro - 04 December 2015

Former Federal President of Germany, Christian Wulff, on Japan-EU relations.

China’s economic downturn

Katharina Botel-Azzinnaro - 01 December 2015

Jonathan Fenby, Co-Founder of Trusted Sources, explains whether reforms in the Chinese market are likely and why progress is stagnating.

What is the impact of targeted sanctions?

Katharina Botel-Azzinnaro - 18 November 2015

Daniel Drezner, Professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, explains.

What does Putin think?

- 06 November 2015

Fiona Hill, Director of the Centre on the United States and Europe at Brookings Institution, explains what the Russian president's political motivations are.

J. Sanabria: «Naciones Unidas debe adaptarse a los tiempos de los que quiere ser contribuyente»

- 04 November 2015

El D.G. de Naciones Unidas y Derechos Humanos del MAEC nos habla sobre la trayectoria de España en la ONU y su papel en el Consejo de Seguridad

"La UE pierde influencia en los Balcanes" - F. de Borja Lasheras

Francisco de Borja Lasheras - 02 November 2015

El Director Adjunto de ECFR Madrid nos cuenta cuál es el estado de la región con la crisis de refugiados, con el proceso de integración europea y con el diálogo entre Serbia y Kosovo

Ending the violence in Israel/Palestine: What the testimonies of Israeli soldiers can teach us

Daniel Levy - 28 October 2015

Daniel Levy speaks to Yahuda Shaul, co-founder of Breaking the Silence, about the root causes of the violence, and the prospect for de-escalation.

Torbjörn Becker: can Putinomics survive?

- 26 October 2015

ECFR speaks to Torbjörn Becker from the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics about Russia's economic outlook.

¿Alcanzará el Reino Unido el acuerdo que necesita para quedarse en la UE?

José Ignacio Torreblanca - 23 October 2015

José I. Torreblanca sobre Brexit en el BCM de ECFR el 14 de octubre de 2015 en Londres.

Russian airstrikes in Syria: reactions & repercussions

- 22 October 2015

Experts discuss what this means for the international dynamics of the conflict.

Containing ISIS - a revolutionary approach

- 06 October 2015

Harvard Professor Stephen Walt gives insight into the challenges of developing an effective policy on how to deal with ISIS.

Entrevista a Alberto Virella

Helene Michou - 07 September 2015

Dentro del Programa de ECFR MENA y desde la Oficina ECFR de Madrid, entrevistamos al Director de Cooperación con África y Asia de la AECID antes de la séptima reunión del Grupo de Trabajo de Egipto.

Joaquín Almunia y José Ignacio Torreblanca sobre el tercer rescate a Grecia

José Ignacio Torreblanca - 16 July 2015

Joaquín Almunia y José Ignacio Torreblanca analizan el futuro de Grecia tras el tercer rescate y el futuro diseño de la Eurozona.

The Med migration crisis and Libya's turmoil

- 02 June 2015

Fiona Mangan, senior programme officer at the US Institute for Peace, and Magda Mughrabi-Talhami, Libya researcher at Amnesty International, on how the EU can intervene peacefully

Analysing the General Election results

Mark Leonard - 15 May 2015

Jacqueline Minor, Peter Wilding, Professor Sara Hobolt and ECFR's Mark Leonard analyse which direction the new government may take Britain

The implications of TTIP

Josef Janning & Hans Kundnani - 30 April 2015

Colin Crouch, Professor at Warwick University, Josef Janning and Hans Kundnani  take a look at what factors the European Commission should consider in order to make the TTIP work for everyone

Las dos guerras de Ucrania

Francisco de Borja Lasheras - 30 April 2015

Francisco de Borja Lasheras analiza las reformas que está afrontando Ucrania en la actualidad.

José I. Torreblanca debate en TVE sobre la migración en el Mediterráneo

José Ignacio Torreblanca - 24 April 2015

El director de ECFR Madrid participa en el programa El Debate de Televisión Española, en el que también intervino Francisco Martínez, secretario de Estado de Seguridad.

Video: Presentación del libro "Asaltar los cielos"

- 23 April 2015

José Ignacio Torreblanca presentó el pasado 21 de abril su nuevo libro "Asaltar los cielos, Podemos o la política después de la crisis", junto con Pepa Bueno, Belén Barreiro e Ignacio Escolar.

Mapas de las facciones en el conflicto de Libia

Mattia Toaldo - 15 April 2015

ECFR presenta un mapeo de los principales grupos políticos y militares involucrados en el conflicto Libio, resultado de las investigaciones de los analistas Mattia Toaldo y Mary Fitzgerald.

Internal resistance or external intervention?

Sophia Pugsley - 10 April 2015

A panel of experts give us their opinion on what is the best driver for political change


Does Europe need a bigger military force?

Nick Witney - 24 March 2015

Former EU High Representative, Dr. Javier Solana, ECFR's Nick Witney, and Hilmar Linnenkamp from SWP, discuss the need for "More Union in European Defence".

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