Experts & Staff: Alumni

Marta Pellón Brussosa is the Programme Coordinator of the Paris Office of the European Council on Foreign Relations.

She joined ECFR in August 2018. Prior to that, she worked as Research and Program Assistant at the Paris Office of the German Marshall Fund of the US. She also interned at the Permanent Mission of Spain to the United Nations in New York and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Madrid, dealing with North and West Africa relations.

She holds an MA in International Security from Sciences Po Paris and a BA with First Class Honours in International Relations from Queen Mary University of London.


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    Europe's Eastern Neighbourhood: Ukraine and Moldova

    Standing in for regular host Mark Leonard, Anthony Dworkin, senior policy fellow at ECFR, looks at Europe's Eastern neighbourhood and interaction with Russia. He is joined by Kurt Volker, executive director of the McCain Institute and US special representative for the Ukraine negotiations, and Nicu Popescu, Minister of Foreign Affairs for Moldova and former head of the Wider Europe program at ECFR. They look at the conflicts in Ukraine and Moldova, what the Ukrainians might learn from the Moldovans, and what role there is for Europe in the region.

    The podcast was recorded on Tuesday, 25 June, 2019, at the side-lines of ECFR’s Annual Council Meeting in Lisbon.

    The Perfect Kill: 21 Laws for Assassins by Robert Baer
    A Little War That Shook the World by Ronald Asmus
    1984 by George Orwell

    US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker at President Zelensky's inauguration, on May 20th 2019. Photo by the Presidential Administration of Ukraine. Retrieved from…dentom-uk-2905. [CCA 4.0 international]

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    Transatlantic relations beyond Trump

    In the latest edition of the World in 30 Minutes, regular host Mark Leonard discusses the state of the transatlantic relationship with Ben Rhodes, former speechwriter and advisor to President Obama, Jake Sullivan, former National Security Advisor to Vice-President Biden and Head of Policy Planning to then-Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, and Amanda Sloat, senior fellow at Brookings and former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Southern Europe and Eastern Mediterranean Affairs in the State Department, among other roles, under the Obama administration. They try to look beyond Trump and into the future, asking what the ingredients are for a sustainable transatlantic relationship.

    The podcast was recorded on Wednesday, 26 June, 2019, at the side-lines of ECFR’s Annual Council Meeting in Lisbon.

    The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt 
    Billion Dollar Whale: The Man Who Fooled Wall Street, Hollywood, and the World by Tom Wright & Bradley Hope
    How To Lose A Country: the 7 Steps from Democracy to Dictatorship by Ece Temelkuran

    Picture: President Trump’s Trip Abroad via Flickr
    Taken on 25 May 2017
    Public domain

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    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.

    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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    France's European strategy: The reality check with Shahin Vallée

    Ever since his Sorbonne speech in the summer of 2017, Emmanuel Macron has been in search for allies to support his vision of a Renaissance for Europe. His first bet was the alliance with Germany, difficult enough to get in light of Merkel’s scepticism about high flying concepts. Macron then had to deal with opposition from the North, conflicts with Italy and lack of outreach to the East. After the European election, our speaker has told the Guardian, Macron appears to have lost essential momentum: “Once a beacon of hope for change, the president risks turning into a junior coalition partner in the management of a status quo in Europe.” What is next for France and for Macron’s Europe strategy?

    The event was held on 3 July 2019 in ECFR's Berlin office.

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    Brexit's final act

    Anthony Dworkin, standing in for regular host Mark Leonard, was joined by Douglas Alexander, senior fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, former Labour Europe minister, and former Labour shadow Foreign Secretary, and by Heather Grabbe, director of the Open Society European Policy Institute, to discuss Brexit. On this latest episode of the World in 30 Minutes, Anthony and his two guests, who are both ECFR Council Members, discuss the upcoming Tory leadership election and the consequences it will have for Brexit. In addition to asking what likely future Prime Minister Boris Johnson´s plans might be, they look back on what Brexit has been so far and examine the state of the debate.  

    The podcast was recorded on Tuesday, 25 June 2019 at the side-lines of ECFR’s Annual Council Meeting in Lisbon.


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    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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    What is Europe's maritime security role in the South China Sea?

    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 et secrétaire générale de la Conférence mondiale de l’ONU et John Nilsson-Wright, senior fellow au programme AsiaPacific de Chatman House.

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    The future of Israeli-Palestinian conflict: towards annexation and illiberalism?

    Podcast de notre discussion du 19 juin « The future of Israeli-Palestinian conflict: towards annexation and illiberalism? » en présence de Yehuda Shaul, fondateur et directeur de l’ONG Breaking the Silence, et de Hugh Lovatt, chercheur au programme Moyen-Orient et Afrique du Nord (MENA) de l’ECFR.

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  • IPG Journal

    19th July, 2019

    In an interview to the journal International Politics and Society, Almut Möller talks about von der Leyens election and the consequences for EU politics.

    Der Tagesspiegel

    19th July, 2019

    Josef Janning comments in an interview the realistic expectations that can be drawn from Ursula von der Leyen's election.


    17th July, 2019

    Mark Leonard is quoted on Ursula von der Leyens election's to EU Commission President.


    17th July, 2019

    Josef Janning is quoted in an article to Merkel's Birthday and her reserved approach to international confrontation.

    ZDF Spezial

    16th July, 2019

    Josef Janning was a guest to ZDF Spezial for Ursula von der Leyen's speach in front of the European Parliament.


    16th July, 2019

    ECFR Head of Berlin Office Josef Janning discussed Von Der Leyen's election to the EU Commission with German Journalist from Die Welt and Taz.

    The Intercept

    16th July, 2019

    Ulrike Franke, Policy Fellow at ECFR, quoted by the Intercept about Russia's use of drones. 

    New York Times

    16th July, 2019

    Asli Aydintasbas spoke to the New York Times about Turkey's relationship with the West. 

    Le Monde

    15th July, 2019

    Mark Leonard published an article in Le Monde about European foreign policy.


    15th July, 2019

    Policy Fellow Tarek Megerisi talked to Zenith about the conflict in Lybia and Tunesias interest in the stability of the region.