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Mark Leonard

Mark Leonard

Writing for PS since 2004
99 commentaries
6 videos & podcasts

Mark Leonard, Director of the European Council on Foreign Relations, is the author of The Age of Unpeace: How Connectivity Causes Conflict (Bantam Press, 2021).

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  1. What the Weimar Triangle Could Do for Europe
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    What the Weimar Triangle Could Do for Europe

    Jun 4, 2024 Mark Leonard thinks a Franco-German-Polish leadership trifecta could breathe new life into the European Union.

  2. The Macron Moment
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    The Macron Moment

    Apr 30, 2024 Mark Leonard thinks the French president has the capability to provide the strategic leadership that Europe needs.

  3. Europe Must Prepare for a Trump Presidency
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    Europe Must Prepare for a Trump Presidency

    Apr 3, 2024 Mark Leonard urges EU leaders to avoid self-indulgent squabbles and pursue geopolitical autonomy.

  4. The Trump Effect Takes Europe
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    The Trump Effect Takes Europe

    Feb 20, 2024 Mark Leonard sees the threat of another “America First” presidency spurring Europeans into action on three key issues.

  5. Has the “Polycrisis” Overwhelmed Us?
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    Has the “Polycrisis” Overwhelmed Us?

    Jan 26, 2024 Mark Leonard reports on the debates that defined this year’s summit of global political and business leaders in Davos.

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    Can Private Hospitals Increase Access to Health Care in Developing Countries?

    Titir Bhattacharya & Tanika Chakraborty show how innovative insurance schemes can help low- and middle-income economies achieve universal coverage.
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    Tracking Ukraine’s Reconstruction Funds

    Wolfgang Fengler & Vladyslav Rashkovan show how digital tools can streamline the process, improve transparency, and provide accountability.
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    Slovakia’s Anti-Democratic Government Is Doubling Down

    Soňa Muzikárová warns that the assassination attempt in May has led the government to double down on illiberal reforms.
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    D-Day and the Threat of Total War

    Robert Skidelsky

    After eight decades of relative peace, the world is once again dividing into hostile economic and geopolitical blocs. The 80th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy offers a valuable opportunity to reflect on the principles we are willing to defend and the sacrifices we are prepared to make.

    thinks understanding the causes and consequences of past global conflicts is crucial to preventing another one.
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    The Dangers of a US Capital Inflow Tax

    Maurice Obstfeld worries that a little-known, highly costly method of deficit reduction is gaining political traction.
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    Europe’s Green Transition Requires More Skilled Workers

    Julie Beaufils urges policymakers to boost the attractiveness of technical vocations by expanding access to apprenticeships.
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    A Monetary and Economic Order Fit for the Twenty-First Century

    Ulrich Volz, et al. identify eight priorities to build a more resilient, inclusive, and sustainable global financial architecture.
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    Putting Africa on the Path to Prosperity

    Mohamed Ould Ghazouani & Ajay Banga

    Creating a world free of poverty on a livable planet hinges on boosting growth and creating jobs in Africa. At this week's G7 summit, leaders must focus on how they can help African countries achieve these goals, which will require a strategy based on five key priorities.

    urge the G7 to focus on the continent’s future, and on five priorities in particular, at this week’s summit.
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    Anatomy of a Massacre

    Shlomo Ben-Ami considers what the 1860 massacre of Christians in Damascus can and cannot teach us about preventing genocide.

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