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Mark Leonard

Mark Leonard

Writing for PS since 2004
96 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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Europe Needs a New Ukraine Strategy
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    Europe Needs a New Ukraine Strategy

    Dec 21, 2023 Mark Leonard urges policymakers to reckon with the long-term challenges posed by the conflict with Russia.

  4. Polywar and Polyamorous Geopolitics
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    Polywar and Polyamorous Geopolitics

    Nov 16, 2023 Mark Leonard identifies a growing preference for flexible options, rather than rigid alliances, in international relations.

  5. The Global Consequences of the Israel-Hamas War
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    The Global Consequences of the Israel-Hamas War

    Nov 3, 2023 Mark Leonard considers the conflict's implications for the Middle East, Europe, China, and the United States.

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    The Drums of US-China Cyber War

    Stephen S. Roach worries that irrational Sinophobia has become America's new bipartisan political orthodoxy.
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    Japan as Number Four

    Takatoshi Ito hopes the news that the economy has slipped from third place globally will serve as a wake-up call.
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    The Financial March to War

    Harold James explains how currency wars and speculation could feature in today’s great-power conflicts.
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    A Stablecoin Pilot in China?

    Andrew Sheng & Xiao Geng see an opportunity in Hong Kong’s efforts to establish a regulatory regime for issuers of the cryptoasset.
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    The War for the West

    Ivan Krastev interviewed by Sławomir Sierakowski

    Although the events of the last two years amount to a clear strategic failure for Russian President Vladimir Putin, it is equally clear that the West became overly confident after Ukraine's battlefield successes in 2022. Now, a strategic re-calibration may be in order.

    about the conflict in Ukraine and the challenges facing Western democracies in a changing world.
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    An Antidote to the Polarization Poison

    Ngaire Woods suggests how policymakers can foster a sense of solidarity among people of different political creeds.
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    How America’s CHIPS Act Hurts Taiwan

    Chang-Tai Hsieh, et al. worry that US inducements are luring the world’s top semiconductor manufacturer down a dead end.
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    Will the US Economy Drive Global Growth this Year?

    Mohamed A. El-Erian

    Despite rosy forecasts, the US economy faces powerful headwinds that call into question its ability to serve as the world’s main growth driver. These challenges are compounded by domestic and geopolitical uncertainties that have not been reflected in market valuations and economic assessments.

    explains why economists and investors are far too optimistic about America’s near-term prospects.
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    The US Is Jeopardizing the Open Internet

    Natalie Dunleavy Campbell & Stan Adams condemn America’s apparent decision to abandon its role as a champion of a free digital domain.

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