Helen Lackner is a visiting fellow at the European Council for Foreign Relations and a research associate at SOAS University of London. Her most recent book is Yemen in Crisis: Autocracy, Neo-Liberalism and the Disintegration of a State (Saqi Books, 2017; Verso in the United States, 2019; Arabic translation, 2020). She is the editor of the annual Journal of the British-Yemeni Society. She is a regular contributor to Open Democracy, Arab Digest, and Oxford Analytica, among other outlets. She has spoken on the Yemeni crisis in many public forums, including in the UK House of Commons.
Her earlier career as a rural development consultant took her to more than 30 countries in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Europe, where she worked on a wide range of projects. In recent years, she has refocused on in-depth analytic work and writing. She now mainly writes about the crisis in Yemen, a country with which she has been involved since the early 1970s and where she lived for more than 15 years between the 1970s and the 2010s.
Asger Aamund - 1 December, 2010
We should not demand more from political collaboration within the EU than we demand as citizens from our own countries. We are already demanding of ourselves and our politicians that we work together to ensure our freedom, safety, security, prosperity and welfare. If we want an…
Susi Dennison - 30 November, 2010
The first round of Egypt's elections suffered from irregularities and unfair competition, yet this received little coverage abroad. This must change, especially if Egypt is to be thought of as a benchmark for political progress in the wider Middle East.
José Ignacio Torreblanca - 30 November, 2010
In the past, Germany has been both a model and a partner for Spain. But there have been deep-seated changes in how Berlin views southern Europe, and seen from Spain, it is as if Germany has decided southern Europe is a burden that prevents it from going global and needs to be…
30 November, 2010
The debate over Chinese economic convergence with the West
François Godement - 29 November, 2010
North Korea's attack on Yeonpyong Island last week, and reaction to it from Seoul to Washington, highlighted the power shift that has taken place within Asia. Arguments that the shelling represented a "last gasp" by Kim Jong-il's regime are wishful thinking, and events on the…
Susi Dennison - 26 November, 2010
The EU-Africa summit is taking place in Libya. The country's lengthy history of human rights abuses put EU leaders in a difficult position over simple questions such as whether to attend. EU leaders should now put pressure on Colonel Gaddafi by posing difficult questions and…
Ulrike Guérot - 26 November, 2010
Germany has fallen out of love with Europe, and its customary role as the uncomplaining engine of the EU. But as other EU members question whether Germany is now 'going it alone', Berlin must answer questions about what Germany wants from Europe in the 21st century, and what…
Andrew Wilson - 22 November, 2010
The EU’s annual summit with Ukraine takes place with Brussels desperately searching for success stories in the Eastern Neighbourhood. The countries there are increasingly acting as balancers rather than joiners, treading a fine line between the EU and Moscow
18 November, 2010
Richard Gowan - 16 November, 2010
Rampant defence cuts throughout the EU will probably spell the end of European countries' little-known but important interventions in African conflicts. This invites humanitarian disasters on parts of the map that increasingly small numbers of European citizens could identify.
The EU Coalition Explorer survey reveals the importance of Germany and France within the EU, and the impact they can have when they cooperate with each other.
by Pawel Zerka - 08th July, 2020
ECFR research into how EU member states and institutions worked together at the height of covid-19 confirms Germany was the bloc’s undisputed crisis leader
by Anthony Dworkin - 03rd July, 2020
North African countries, each for their own reasons, are increasingly turning their attention towards sub-Saharan Africa.
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
by Susi Dennison, Pawel Zerka - 29th June, 2020
A new survey shows that, after the onset of the covid-19 crisis, there has been a rise in public support for unified EU action to tackle global threats
by Thierry Brésillon and Hamza Meddeb - 24th June, 2020
The government must build on its response to the pandemic to create a compromise that shares the burden of reform between political actors and interest groups
New research reveals that the crisis has revolutionised citizens’ perceptions of global order – scrambling the distinctions between nationalism and globalism
by Ellie Geranmayeh - 23rd June, 2020
Europeans wish to persuade Iran to compromise on strategic issues – but, unless they understand the dynamics of domestic Iranian politics, they will not get far
by Jean-Baptiste Gallopin - 09th June, 2020
The transition will only succeed if the government stabilises the economy and civilians work hard to tilt the balance of power away from the military.
by Asli Aydıntaşbaş - 28th May, 2020
EU member states can find ways to cooperate with Turkey to support stabilisation in parts of the safe zone, without violating their interests and core principle
by Andrew Small - 13th May, 2020
The crisis is intensifying demands for Europe to puts its China policy on a more open, accountable, and values-based footing
In his opening remarks at our virtual Annual Council Meeting, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, spoke about Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the EU and the high expectations which are placed on it. According to him, the next six months will be centred around two…
“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…
Sergey Radchenko - 1 July, 2020
Sergey Radchenko, Director of Research and Professor of International Relations at the University of Cardiff, dives into Vladimir Putin's view of the history of World War II.
Heiko Maas - 29 June, 2020
Opening remarks from Heiko Maas, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany, at ECFR Virtual Annual Council Meeting 2020, held on 29-30 June.
Susi Dennison - 26 June, 2020
Even before the pandemic, Europeans had much to worry about: slow economies and polarised politics, rising global tensions and disorder, an unstable neighbourhood, and a heating planet. Covid-19's assault has only amplified such concerns, as well as exposing the fragility of…
As covid-19 raged, speculation grew that the crisis would re- strengthen public support for the state; faith in experts; and both pro- and anti-Europeanism. But ECFR’s latest research reveals these all to be illusions. Instead, the crisis has revolutionised…
Natalia Zubarevich - 24 June, 2020
Natalia Zubarevich, Professor at the Moscow State University is a renowned economic geographer and a specialist on socio-economic development of the Russian regions. In her lecture, she will analyse the situation of the coronavirus pandemic in Russia, with a special focus on the…