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.
Le divisioni emergenti tra gli Stati membri dell'UE sulla risposta economica al covid-19 analizzate dagli uffici nazionali di ECFR.
Views from the Capitals
ECFR’s national offices discuss the emerging divisions between EU member states on the economic response to covid-19.
Tara Varma - 3 April, 2020
Le moment est venu pour l’Union européenne de mettre en pratique sa capacité transformationnelle – et de protéger ses citoyens sans se renfermer sur elle-même.
Tara Varma - 31 March, 2020
È il momento che l'UE sfrutti l’occasione per cambiare e proteggere i cittadini senza chiudersi in se stessa.
Tara Varma - 30 March, 2020
Now is the time for the EU to harness its transformational power – and to protect citizens without turning in on itself.
Tara Varma - 14 February, 2020
Le président français Emmanuel Macron s’est adressé au reste de l’Europe, au sujet de la Russie, de la relation transatlantique et de la solidarité européenne.
Tara Varma - 7 February, 2020
The French president reached out to the rest of Europe on Russia, the transatlantic relationship, and European solidarity.
Tara Varma - 26 November, 2019
La souveraineté stratégique européenne est le fil conducteur de la plupart des discours et déclarations d’Emmanuel Macron est : il craint que l'Europe ne soit marginalisée dans un monde où progressent les régimes…
Tara Varma - 8 November, 2019
The thread that runs through most of Macron’s speeches and declarations is European strategic sovereignty: he fears that Europe will be marginalised in a world in which authoritarian powers are rising.
Without a credible path to EU membership, the Western Balkans could easily succumb to the lure of regional nationalism – and to generous Russian, Turkish, and Chinese offers in the EU’s own back yard.
Gustav Gressel, Kadri Liik, Jeremy Shapiro, Tara Varma - 25 September, 2019
Negotiations with Russia over a new European security order would have huge – to many, alarming – implications for Ukraine, the EU, and the NATO alliance
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
After last week’s discussion with Matt Duss and Jeremy Shapiro, Mark Leonard follows up by gathering the European views on a possible Biden win and its effect on US foreign policy. Vessela Tcherneva, deputy director of ECFR and head of our Sofia office, Jana Puglierin,…
“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…