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.
Nick Witney - 20 September, 2010
If there was ever a moment for defence ministers to pool their efforts and resources, then this is it. Defence budgets across the continent are being severely cut as austerity measures kick in. Ahead of the defence ministers' meeting in Ghent on 23-24 September, Nick Witney…
Susi Dennison - 17 September, 2010
If the EU wants to be a credible promoter of democracy, it needs to highlight the achievement of holding elections in Afghanistan, rather than dwell too long on the undoubted imperfections. Many Afghans are taking part in the elections despite the danger of violence and concerns…
Ulrike Guérot - 16 September, 2010
The great engine both of Europe’s economic strength and its political unity is falling out of love with its creation. Some fear that Germany has outgrown Europe - but either way the consequences of German disaffection are profound for both the EU and its other member…
Nick Witney - 14 September, 2010
Tight budgets mean hard choices. For instance, new aircraft carriers would be lovely but they cost a lot. As the UK's Strategic Defence and Security Review reaches its final stages, Nick Witney argues that perhaps it’s time to start sharing with the French.
Mark Leonard and Francois Godement - 10 September, 2010
The question of how the EU should deal with the world's rising powers will dominate the informal Gymnich foreign ministers' meeting and the European Council meeting over the next week. In a memo to European leaders, François Godement and Mark Leonard argue that the…
9 September, 2010
Ben Judah - 8 September, 2010
Roma numbers are rising, while President Sarkozy's recent campaign against the Roma people highlights their growing persecution across Europe. Ben Judah argues that there is a real danger that a large proportion of the EU’s population could effectively end up being…
François Godement - 7 September, 2010
Could the dream of a “G3” between the EU, China and the US ever become a reality? Or will the EU remain in the sidelines? Francois Godement argues in a piece for Le Monde that to avoid irrelevance, the EU needs to decide what it wants from China. (article in…
Richard Gowan - 2 September, 2010
Europeans need to respect what non-Western powers think, and that includes their militaries. Europe's Asian, African and Latin American counterparts are already playing a more vital role on the world stage; once Europe's defence budget cuts start to bite, this role will only…
Susi Dennison - 18 August, 2010
The economic crisis has unquestionably dented the credibility of the liberal international order and caused a Europe-wide identity crisis. But, Susi Dennison argues, it would be a dangerous time for the EU to abandon its values, principles and approach to international…
Richard Gowan - 10 August, 2010
The EU needs to go beyond the standard "wait, react, peacekeep!" approach to handling looming crises. Instead, Richard Gowan argues, the EU ought to focus on early diplomacy. Given the strains on national budgets, this may be a job for the EU-Team (aka the European External…
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…