Languages: French, English, Spanish, Hindi
Areas of Expertise: French foreign policy; European security; politics and security in Asia
Tara Varma is a policy fellow and head of the Paris office of the European Council on Foreign Relations, where she follows French foreign policy and European and Asian security developments.
She looks particularly at current French defence and security proposals in the European framework. She is also interested in Asian security, and the role Europeans could play in it, notably in the Indo-Pacific region. Varma joined ECFR in January 2015 as a coordinator and then deputy head of the Paris office. She previously worked and lived in Shanghai, Delhi and Paris. She graduated from Sciences Po Lille and SOAS in London in International Relations, with a focus on Asian Politics and Indian and Chinese foreign policies.
Tara Varma - 12 February, 2019
The yellow vests could have more influence than expected on the debates leading up to the European Parliament election
Europeans remain unwilling to renew their thinking on nuclear deterrence, despite growing strategic instability. Their stated goal of “strategic autonomy” will remain an empty phrase until they engage seriously on this matter. This intellectual under-investment…
« Manipulations de l’information » ou « fake news » ? Comment la France répond à cette menace des temps modernes.
“Information manipulation” or just plain “fake news”? How France is grappling with a very modern threat
Seulement si un débat sérieux a lieu entre Européens sur leurs responsabilités en matière de sécurité.
Only if Europeans resume a serious debate about their responsibilities for their own security
Tara Varma - 16 March, 2018
Le message de Macron à Modi était « Choisissez la France » plus que « Choisissez l'Europe ».
Tara Varma - 16 March, 2018
Macron’s message to Modi was “Choose France”, rather than “Choose Europe”.
Views from the Capitals
various authors - 20 December, 2017
We asked our national offices to outline their governments' greatest hope and greatest fear for foreign and European policy in 2018.
Podcast du Black Coffee Morning "Sahel : comment l’intégration régionale peut favoriser la stabilité" du 13/06/2017, animé par Fransje Molenaar, chercheuse à l'Unité de Recherche sur les Conflits de Clingandael, Mattia Toaldo,…
by Jonathan Hackenbroich, Jeremy Shapiro, and Tara Varma - 29th June, 2020
Europe must improve its early warning systems, supply chain resilience, medical R&D, and cyber security and technology, to act decisively in future emergencies
“If it’s about Europe´s role in global health, a big part of it is Europe's health sovereignty which we want to make one of the big topics of the German EU Council Presidency”, Germany’s Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn said in our Virtual…
The ongoing anti-racism demonstrations in the United States spurred by the brutal killing of George Floyd spread across the Atlantic. In many European countries, people are getting behind the cause and protesting racism and police violence against BIPOC. How are the…
Emotions are an increasingly important part of contemporary politics. Strategies based on fear, nostalgia or hope are used by political leaders all over Europe to mobilize populations. Sociologist Karolina Wigura explored the role of emotions in times of corona in the latest…
Mark Leonard is meeting his ECFR colleagues, Tara Varma, Piotr Buras and Teresa Coratello in Berlin to go through the newly selected EU Commission. What have been surprises, disappointments and challenges in von der Leyen's new cabinet? And what role did geopolitics play…
In the final episode of our special summer series on European strategic sovereignty, regular host Mark Leonard is joined by two of ECFR’s own experts: research director Jeremy Shapiro and Senior Policy Fellow and head of the Paris office Tara Varma. Topic of discussion is…
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…
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…
Mark Leonard speaks with Simon Kuper, Tara Varma and Manuel Lafont Rapnouil about the Yellow Vest Movement, and whetherit’s only a French phenomenon. The podcast was recorded on 21 March 2019. Bookshelf: Sur le fil de l'asile by Pasquale Brice Harcelées…