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Europe's Eastern Neighbourhood: Ukraine and Moldova

Standing in for regular host Mark Leonard, Anthony Dworkin, senior policy fellow at ECFR, looks at Europe's Eastern neighbourhood and interaction with Russia. He is joined by Kurt Volker, executive director of the McCain Institute and US special representative for the Ukraine negotiations, and Nicu Popescu, Minister of Foreign Affairs for Moldova and former head of the Wider Europe program at ECFR. They look at the conflicts in Ukraine and Moldova, what the Ukrainians might learn from the Moldovans, and what role there is for Europe in the region.

The podcast was recorded on Tuesday, 25 June, 2019, at the side-lines of ECFR’s Annual Council Meeting in Lisbon.

Bookshelf 
The Perfect Kill: 21 Laws for Assassins by Robert Baer
A Little War That Shook the World by Ronald Asmus
1984 by George Orwell

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US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker at President Zelensky's inauguration, on May 20th 2019. Photo by the Presidential Administration of Ukraine. Retrieved from www.president.gov.ua/photos/urochis…dentom-uk-2905. [CCA 4.0 international]

Transatlantic relations beyond Trump

In the latest edition of the World in 30 Minutes, regular host Mark Leonard discusses the state of the transatlantic relationship with Ben Rhodes, former speechwriter and advisor to President Obama, Jake Sullivan, former National Security Advisor to Vice-President Biden and Head of Policy Planning to then-Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, and Amanda Sloat, senior fellow at Brookings and former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Southern Europe and Eastern Mediterranean Affairs in the State Department, among other roles, under the Obama administration. They try to look beyond Trump and into the future, asking what the ingredients are for a sustainable transatlantic relationship.

The podcast was recorded on Wednesday, 26 June, 2019, at the side-lines of ECFR’s Annual Council Meeting in Lisbon.

Bookshelf
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt 
Billion Dollar Whale: The Man Who Fooled Wall Street, Hollywood, and the World by Tom Wright & Bradley Hope
How To Lose A Country: the 7 Steps from Democracy to Dictatorship by Ece Temelkuran

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The EU's New Top Personnel

This week, ECFR director Mark Leonard discusses the new faces of the European Council: from Ursula von der Leyen to Josep Borrell, these are the figures who will lead Europe over the coming years. Mark is joined by an all-star cast from four ECFR offices across Europe.

Bookshelf: 
Wes Mitchell: Perhapsburg (American Interest)
Francis Fukuyama: Identity
John Mearsheimer: The Great Dillusion: Liberal Dreams and International Realities
Alexandros Yannis: Chimera: A Novel
Luuk von Middelaar: Alarums and Excursions – Improving Politics on the European Stage
Parag Khanna: The Future is Asian
German philosophy about Europe from Immanuel Kant to Jürgen Habermas
Robert Menasse: Die Hauptstadt
ECFR: Strategic sovereignty: How Europe can regain the capacity to act

The podcast was recorded on 5 July 2019

France's European strategy: The reality check with Shahin Vallée

Ever since his Sorbonne speech in the summer of 2017, Emmanuel Macron has been in search for allies to support his vision of a Renaissance for Europe. His first bet was the alliance with Germany, difficult enough to get in light of Merkel’s scepticism about high flying concepts. Macron then had to deal with opposition from the North, conflicts with Italy and lack of outreach to the East. After the European election, our speaker has told the Guardian, Macron appears to have lost essential momentum: “Once a beacon of hope for change, the president risks turning into a junior coalition partner in the management of a status quo in Europe.” What is next for France and for Macron’s Europe strategy?

The event was held on 3 July 2019 in ECFR's Berlin office.

Brexit's final act

Anthony Dworkin, standing in for regular host Mark Leonard, was joined by Douglas Alexander, senior fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, former Labour Europe minister, and former Labour shadow Foreign Secretary, and by Heather Grabbe, director of the Open Society European Policy Institute, to discuss Brexit. On this latest episode of the World in 30 Minutes, Anthony and his two guests, who are both ECFR Council Members, discuss the upcoming Tory leadership election and the consequences it will have for Brexit. In addition to asking what likely future Prime Minister Boris Johnson´s plans might be, they look back on what Brexit has been so far and examine the state of the debate.  

The podcast was recorded on Tuesday, 25 June 2019 at the side-lines of ECFR’s Annual Council Meeting in Lisbon.

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European Economic Sovereignty

Mark Leonard was joined by Jean Pisany-Ferry, co-founder of Bruegel, Guntram Wolff, director of Bruegel and Jeremy Shapiro, Research Director at ECFR. This week ECFR published a paper on how Europe can regain the capacity to act. Mark and his guests, inspired by the tenor of this new publication,  discussed the concept of European Economic Sovereignty on this latest episode of Mark Leonard’s World in 30 Minutes.

The podcast was recorded on Thursday, 20 June 2019.

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What is Europe's maritime security role in the South China Sea?

Le podcast de notre BCM du 24 juin « What is Europe's maritime security role in the South China Sea? » en présence de Mathieu Duchâtel, directeur du programme Asie à l’Institut Montaigne, Delphine O, ambassadrice et secrétaire générale de la Conférence mondiale de l’ONU et John Nilsson-Wright, senior fellow au programme AsiaPacific de Chatman House.

The future of Israeli-Palestinian conflict: towards annexation and illiberalism?

Podcast de notre discussion du 19 juin « The future of Israeli-Palestinian conflict: towards annexation and illiberalism? » en présence de Yehuda Shaul, fondateur et directeur de l’ONG Breaking the Silence, et de Hugh Lovatt, chercheur au programme Moyen-Orient et Afrique du Nord (MENA) de l’ECFR.

Accès humanitaire et risques sécuritaires au Sahel

Podcast de notre BCM du 14 juin « Accès humanitaire et risques sécuritaires au Sahel » en présence de Lucile Grosjean, chargée de plaidoyer crises humanitaires et conflits pour Action Contre la Faim, Andrew Lebovich, chercheur invité au programme Moyen-Orient et Afrique du Nord (MENA), et modéré par Manuel Lafont Rapnouil, directeur du bureau de Paris de l'ECFR.

Key takeaways from the European elections 2019

This week, Ulrike Franke is filling in for the regular host Mark Leonard to discuss the stories behind the media headlines in the aftermath of the EU elections.  She is joined by Simon Hix, Pro-Director for Research and the Harold Laski Professor of Political Science at the London School of Economics, Susi Dennison, senior policy fellow and the director of ECFR's European Power programme and Pawel Zerka, policy fellow and programme coordinator of the European Power programme at ECFR. They speak about the crumbling political centre, the Green wave and what young voters have to do with it, and bet on who will become the next president of the European Commission.

The podcast was recorded on Monday, 3 June 2019.

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Ce que veulent les citoyens européens : un bilan des élections européennes

Podcast de notre BCM du 28 mai « Ce que veulent les citoyens européens : un bilan des élections européennes » en présence de Susi Dennison, directrice du programme Europe Puissance de l’ECFR, Pierre Vimont, ancien diplomate et chercheur associé à Carnegie Europe, Pawel Zerka, coordinateur du programme Europe Puissance de l’ECFR, et modéré par Laure Mandeville, écrivaine et reporter au Figaro.

Expecting the Unexpected?: the UK & the 2019 European elections

At our recent event in London, ECFR's Director Mark Leonard and MEP candidates Laura Parker, Jan Vincent-Rostowski, Irina von Wiese and Shahrar Ali, moderated by Mary Kaldor, discussed what to expect from this week’s European elections in the United Kingdom.

Ukraine Under President Zelensky

Podcast de notre débat du 21 mai « Ukraine Under President Zelensky » en présence de Victor Andruziv, directeur de l’Ukrainian Institute for the Future (UIF), Jana Kobzova, directrice politique à Rasmussen Global et modéré par Nicu Popescu, directeur du programme Europe Elargie de l’ECFR.

Where next for Syrians ?

Podcast de notre discussion du 17 mai « Where next for Syrians ? » en présence de Jasmine El-Gamal, chercheuse invitée au programme MENA de l’ECFR, Bassma Kodmani, directrice de Arab Reform Initiative, et Julien Barnes-Dacey, directeur du programme MENA de l’ECFR.

Europe and the US-Iran escalation

Mark Leonard is joined by Ellie Geranmayeh, deputy head of ECFR’s MENA programme, Hossein Mousavian, former Iranian diplomat and scholar, and Ilan Goldenberg, director of the Middle East Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) and former Pentagon official. They explore the latest development around the JCPOA, the European and Iranian point of views, and scenarios for potential US-Iran escalation.

The podcast was recorded on 14 May 2019.

Bookshelf:

60 days to save the JCPOA by Ellie Geranmayeh 
There Is Still Time for Diplomacy With Iran by Ilan Goldenberg and Elizabeth Rosenberg 
It’s Time for the Leaders of Saudi Arabia and Iran to Talk by Hossein Mousavian and Abdulaziz Sager 

United States of Europe? Panel with German EU election candidates

At the Humbold Symposium 2019 in Berlin, ECFR's director Mark Leonard moderated a panel discussion with Katarina Barley; German Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection; Damian Boeselager, Vice-President of Volt Europa; Nicola Beer, General Secretary of the Free Democratic Party; Sven Giegold, Member of the European Parliament; Daniel Caspary, Chairman of the German CDU/CSU-delegation in the European Parliament. Among others, the panel discussed the Spitzenkandidaten process, new models of digital taxation, and what to do with Viktor Orban.

Quelle issue pour la situation en Libye ?

Podcast de notre BCM du 5 mai « Quelle issue pour la situation en Libye ? » en présence de Tarek Megerisi, chercheur au programme MENA de l’ECFR, Mary Fitzgerald, chercheuse et consultante indépendante et Virginie Collombier, professeure à l’Institut universitaire européen (IUE).

L'avenir de la démocratie en Europe

Podcast de notre conférence du 24 avril « L'avenir de la démocratie en Europe » en partenariat avec la Revue Esprit, en présence d’Ivan Krastev, président du Centre for Liberal Strategies et co-fondateur de l’ECFR, Vincent Martigny, chercheur associé au Centre de recherches politiques de Science Po, Susi Dennison, directrice du programme Europe Puissance de l’ECFR et de Tara Varma, directrice adjointe du bureau de Paris de l'ECFR.

L’état des opinions européennes à l’aube des élections de mai 2019

Podcast de notre BCM du 10 avril « L’état des opinions européennes à l’aube des élections de mai 2019 » en présence de Natalie Nougayrède, chroniqueuse pour The Guardian, Guillaume Liegey, PDG et fondateur de Liegey Muller Pons et modéré par Susi Dennison, directrice du programme Europe Puissance de l’ECFR.

Le retour des combattants terroristes étrangers dans l’Union Européenne

Podcast de notre discussion du 28 mars « Le retour des combattants terroristes étrangers dans l’Union Européenne » en présence de Marc Hecker, chercheur au Centre des études de sécurité de l’IFRI, Sharon Weill, chercheuse à l'École des affaires internationales (PSIA) de Science Po, Anthony Dworkin, chercheur au programme MENA de l’ECFR et Manuel Lafont Rapnouil, directeur du bureau de Paris de l’ECFR.

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