Languages: English, French, German
Areas of Expertise: Geopolitics and Geoeconomics; China; EU-Russia relations; transatlantic relations; EU institutions; public diplomacy and nation branding; UK foreign policy
Mark Leonard is co-founder and director of the European Council on Foreign Relations, the first pan-European think tank. His topics of focus include geopolitics and geoeconomics, China, and EU institutions.
Leonard writes a syndicated column on global affairs for Project Syndicate.Previously he worked as director of foreign policy at the Centre for European Reform and as director of the Foreign Policy Centre, a think tank he founded at the age of 24 under the patronage of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. In the 1990s, Leonard worked for the think tank Demos where his Britain™ report was credited with launching Cool Britannia. Mark has spent time in Washington, D.C. as a Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, and in Beijing as a visiting scholar at the Chinese Academy for Social Sciences.
He was Chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Geoeconomics until 2016.
Honoured as a “Young Global Leader” of the World Economic Forum, he spends a lot of time helping governments, companies, and international organisations make sense of the big geo-political trends of the twenty-first century. He is a regular speaker and prolific writer and commentator on global issues, the future of Europe, China's internal politics, and the practice of diplomacy and business in a networked world. His essays have appeared in publications such as Foreign Affairs, the Financial Times, the New York Times, Le Monde, Süddeutsche Zeitung, El Pais, Gazeta Wyborcza, Foreign Policy, the New Statesman, the Daily Telegraph, The Economist, Time, and Newsweek.
As well as writing and commenting frequently in the media on global affairs, Leonard is author of two best-selling books. His first book, Why Europe will run the 21st Century, was published in 2005 and translated into 19 languages. Leonard's second book, What does China think? was published in 2008 and translated into 15 languages. He has published an edited volume on Connectivity Wars and is working on a forthcoming book on the same topic.
Top ten trends that will occupy European foreign policymakers in 2019
Mark Leonard speaks with Shoshana Fine, Tom Nuttall, Jose Ignacio Torreblanca, and Patrycja Sasnal about the UN’s Global Compact for Migration, and whether it matters that some European countries haven’t signed it. The podcast was recorded on 12 December 2018.
Go, went, gone by Jenny Erpenbeck
How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt
Security at the Borders: Transnational Practices and Technologies in West Africa by Philippe M. Frowd
Revolution Of Hope: Toward a Humanized Technology by Erich Fromm
Distant Love by Ulrich Beck and Elisabeth Beck-Gernsheim
Mark Leonard speaks with Michael Thumann about Germany and its new role in the world.
The Great Delusion: Liberal Dreams and International Realities by John J. Mearsheimer
Spionagechef im geheimen Krieg by Markus Wolf
Die Zeit articles by Michael Thumann
Mark Leonard - 27 November 2018
After years of economic symbiosis in which the US purchased low-cost Chinese imports and China purchased US Treasuries, China has begun to pursue the prerogatives of a superpower, and the US has responded in kind. As a result, both countries are becoming more alike, particularly in their belief that there can be only one winner.
Mark Leonard speaks with Andrew Wilson, Kadri Liik and Nicu Popescu about the Kerch Strait ship capture, what this means and how the international community could react to the latest tensions. The podcast was recorded on 26 November 2018.
The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage by Cliff Stoll
Why doctors hate their computers by Atul Gawande
Cyberwar: How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped Elect a President - What We Don't, Can't, and Do Know by Kathleen Hall Jamieson
Network Propaganda - Manipulation, Disinformation, and Radicalization in American Politics by Yochai Benkler, Robert Faris, and Hal Roberts
Distant love by Ulrich Beck and Elisabeth Beck-Gernsheim
by Mark Leonard - 30th August, 2017
The EU’s survival depends on protecting its citizens from the forces it has created
A British exit from the EU would make it harder to fight crime and terrorism, reduce Britain’s ability to lead and influence its partners, and weaken NATO
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.
Sur le fil de l'asile by Pasquale Brice
Harcelées by Astrid de Villaines
Heroic Failure: Brexit and the Politics of Pain by Fintan O’Toole
Twilight of the Elites: Prosperity, the Periphery, and the Future of France by Christophe Guilluy & Malcolm DeBevoise
The 2019 European Election: How anti-Europeans plan to wreck European and what can be done to stop it by Susi Dennison and Pawel Zerka
Why Viktor Orbán and his allies won’t win the EU elections by Ivan Krastev
Will the yellow vests movement spread across Europe? by Tara Varma
Jeremy Shapiro is standing in for the regular host Mark Leonard and discusses the current situation in Crimea and relations between Russia and Ukraine with ECFR experts Kadri Liik and Nicu Popsecu. The podcast was recorded on 13 March 2019.
EU Radio is now also broadcasting this podcast on Tuesdays at 7pm and Wednesdays at 9am CET every week. You can listen to the station at euradio.fr.
We need to talk about Putin by Mark Galeotti
History of the Russian Revolution by Leon Trotsky
The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Mark Leonard speaks with Andrew Lebovich, Anthony Dworkin and Chloe Teevan, about what the demonstrators want, and EU-Algeria relations.
La Martingale Algérienne, Réflexions sur une crise by Abderrahmane Hadj-Nacer
A History of Algeria by James McDougall
The Battlefield: Algeria 1988-2002, Studies in a Broken Polity by Hugh Roberts
Protests and the ailing president: Algeria's political crisis by Andrew Lebovich
Renewing Europe by Emmanuel Macron
Mark Leonard speaks with Ellie Geranmayeh and Dr Kayhan Barzegar about Mohammad Javad Zarif’s resignation and the current political situation in Iran. The podcast was recorded on 27 February 2019.
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Reading Lolita from Tehran by Azar Nafisi
Let the swords encircle me by Scott Peterson
Direct from the Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Mark Leonard, Ulrike Franke and Jonathan Hackenbroich share their post-conference insights. They discuss speeches by German chancellor Angela Merkel, US vice-president Mike Pence, and Britain’s defence secretary Gavin Williamson, and talk about their favourite side-events.
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
The Light that Failed: How the West Won the Cold War But Lost the Peace by Ivan Krastev & Stephen Holmes (forthcoming September 2019)
The podcast was recorded on 17 February 2017.
Mark Leonard speaks with Susi Dennison, director of ECFR’s European Power programme, and Pawel Zerka, programme coordinator for European Power, about the upcoming European Parliament elections, the possibility of a surge in Eurosceptic parties, and how to reach the silent pro-European majority.
The Happiness Industry by William Davies
Nervous States by William Davies
Bourgeois Equality by Deirdre N. McCloskey
The Theory of Moral Sentiments by Adam Smith
The Age of Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff
The podcast was recorded on 11 February 2019.
Anthony Dworkin steps in for Mark Leonard and speaks with Jose Ignacio Torreblanca, Federica Paddeu, and Sergey Sukhankin, about what risks the recognition of Juan Guaido as interim president of Venezuela by several European countries will bring. The podcast was recorded on 5 February 2019.
Russian mercenaries on the march: next stop Venezuela? by Sergey Sukhankin
Dismantling Democracy in Venezuela: The Chávez Authoritarian Experiment by Allan R. Brewer-Carías
The Mutiny - the name of the third world by Evgeny Messner
Anthony Dworkin steps in for Mark Leonard and speaks with Janka Oertel and Sebastian Mallaby about US-China trade talks, their relationship and Europe’s role. The podcast was recorded on 30 January 2019.
Troublemakers: Silicon Valley's Coming of Age by Leslie Berlin
The Code: Silicon Valley and the remaking of America by Margeret O’Mara
Die Neuerfindung der Diktatur by Kai Strittmatter