Experts & Staff: Alumni

Marta Pellón Brussosa is the Programme Coordinator of the Paris Office of the European Council on Foreign Relations.

She joined ECFR in August 2018. Prior to that, she worked as Research and Program Assistant at the Paris Office of the German Marshall Fund of the US. She also interned at the Permanent Mission of Spain to the United Nations in New York and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Madrid, dealing with North and West Africa relations.

She holds an MA in International Security from Sciences Po Paris and a BA with First Class Honours in International Relations from Queen Mary University of London.


  • Cover: Harnessing artificial intelligence

    Harnessing artificial intelligence

    In the final episode of ECFR’s special summer series on European strategic sovereignty, Mark Leonard talks to Ulrike Franke, ECFR Policy Fellow, about artificial intelligence (AI). Mark asks Ulrike, who is currently on leave at the University of Oxford studying AI, where Europe stands compared to the United States and China in harnessing this promising new technology. More specifically, they look at the ingredients needed to develop good AI (talent, data and hardware) and ask to what extent Europe has them. The two end with a number of recommendations for Europe’s leaders as to what it can do to catch up with frontrunners US and China.

    The podcast was recorded Monday, July 15, 2019.

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    Cover: Protecting Europe against hybrid threats

    Protecting Europe against hybrid threats

    In the third episode of ECFR’s summer series on strategic sovereignty, Mark Leonard talks to Gustav Gressel, Acting Director of the Wider Europe programme and Senior Policy Fellow at ECFR, about hybrid threats. Using Gressel’s recent paper on hybrid threats as a starting point, they discuss all elements of hybrid warfare: from sponsored proxy groups to propaganda war, and from economic pressure to cyber attacks. Importantly, they ask what impact hybrid warfare might have on European sovereignty.

    This podcast was recorded on Friday, 12 July, 2019.

    Cyber warfare specialists serving with the Maryland Air National Guard’s 175th Cyberspace Operations Group engage in weekend training at Warfield Air National Guard Base in Middle River, Md., June 3, 2017. Air Force photo by J.M. Eddins Jr.
    Public domain. Retrieved from:…-on-capitol-hill/

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    Cover: Meeting the Challenge of Secondary Sanctions

    Meeting the Challenge of Secondary Sanctions

    The second episode of ECFR’s summer series on strategic sovereignty explores the critical challenge that secondary sanctions pose for Europe, due to the Trump administration’s maximalist position on Iran. Joining Mark Leonard for a lively discussion of economic statecraft are Ellie Geranmayeh, a senior policy fellow at ECFR, Henry Farrell, a professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University and Elizabeth Rosenberg, a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security. They discuss how Europe could reduce its vulnerabilities to U.S. secondary sections, which – in the future - could target countries that are more important to the European economy, such as China and Russia. 

    This podcast was recorded on Tuesday, 23 July 2019.

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    Cover: Building Europeans’ Capacity to Defend Themselves

    Building Europeans' Capacity to Defend Themselves

    Mark Leonard launches ECFR’s special summer series on European sovereignty with a discussion of the continent’s security and defence policy. He is joined by Nick Witney, a senior policy fellow at ECFR with a wealth of experience in diplomacy and defence strategy. Witney discusses how today’s strategically-divergent Europeans can collectively bolster their defence capabilities to offset new pressures from Russia and the southern border as well as reduce their reliance on the Americans.

    This podcast was recorded on Friday, 12 July 2019.

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    Cover: Europe’s Eastern Neighbourhood: Ukraine and Moldova

    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.

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

    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…dentom-uk-2905. [CCA 4.0 international]

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    Cover: Transatlantic relations beyond Trump

    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.

    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

    Picture: President Trump’s Trip Abroad via Flickr
    Taken on 25 May 2017
    Public domain

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    Cover: Vers un nouvel hyper-nationalisme saoudien ?

    Towards a new Saudi hyper-nationalism?

    Le podcast de notre discussion du mardi 9 juillet « Vers un nouvel hyper-nationalisme saoudien ? », en présence de Eman Al-Hussein, chercheuse associée à l’ECFR, de Fatiha Dazi-Heni, chercheuse à l'Institut de recherche stratégique de l'École militaire (IRSEM)et de Camille Lons coordinatrice du programme Moyen-Orient Afrique du Nord de l’ECFR.

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    Cover: The EU’s New Top Personnel

    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.

    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

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  • Irish Times

    22nd August, 2019

    Almut Möller is quoted by the Irish Times on the position of Germany in the Brexit negotiations.


    22nd August, 2019

    Piotr Buras, Head of ECFR Warsaw Office, publishes in Politico an analysis of Polands change of tune for European topics ahead of the parliamentary elections.

    Le Vif

    20th August, 2019

    ECFR is quoted in the newspaper Le Vif concerning Chinese investments in Eastern and Southern Europe as well as in the Balkans.

    Le Temps

    19th August, 2019

    Tarek Megerisi's interview on the stalemate in Marshal Khalifa Haftar's offensive on Tripoli was taken up by Le Temps

    Le Monde

    19th August, 2019

    Tarek Megerisi is interviewed in Le Monde about the stalemate in Marshal Khalifa Haftar's offensive.


    19th August, 2019

    Kadri Liik is quoted by Euractiv regarding the fragility of Vladimir Putin's regime.

    Der Tagesspiegel

    11th August, 2019

    Der Tagesspiegel publishes Council Member Carl Bildt and ECFR Director Mark Leonard's essay on how Europe can become a global player.

    Die Zeit

    07th August, 2019

    In a guest column Jonathan Hackenbroich and Mark Leonard advise on how the EU could protect its industries from secondary sanctions.


    05th August, 2019

    Eman Alhussein, Visiting Fellow, ECFR, quoted about the situation of women in Saudi Arabia.

    Arab Weekly

    03rd August, 2019

    Hugh Lovatt, Policy Fellow, ECFR, quoted in an article about the forthcoming Israeli elections.