Experts & Staff


Mark Leonard

Director

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 TimesLe MondeSüddeutsche ZeitungEl PaisGazeta WyborczaForeign Policy, the New Statesman, the Daily TelegraphThe EconomistTime, 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. 


Latest from Mark Leonard

  • Can Europe become a global player? (Commentary)

    Mark Leonard - 23 July 2019

    As the nominee to serve as the EU's next high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell will have an opportunity to update Europe's approach to foreign policy. Chief among the challenges facing the bloc is the reassertion of its own sovereignty in an age of great-power politics.



    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.

    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

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    The case for a sovereign Europe (Commentary)

    Mark Leonard & Jeremy Shapiro - 01 July 2019

    The EU's lack of sovereignty is becoming a threat. Against the Trump administration and in the face of emerging economic and technological markets, the EU risks lagging behind.


    The end of “Chimerica” (Commentary)

    Mark Leonard - 25 June 2019

    By threatening the survival of the Chinese tech giant Huawei, the Trump administration has put an end to speculation about a possible rupture between the United States and China. A full-scale decoupling between the world's two largest economies is now under way, and a new age of zero-sum competition is beginning.



    Policy Brief

    Redefining Europe’s economic sovereignty

    by Jean Pisani-Ferry, Mark Leonard, Elina Ribakova, Jeremy Shapiro, and Guntram Wolff - 25th June, 2019

    Europeans can take steps now to enhance their economic power, without advocating increased protectionism or a retreat from globalisation.

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    Cover: European Economic Sovereignty

    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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