The Shape of the New
How will today’s migration crisis change Europe? What forces will shape a new order in the Middle East? How would China-led globalization differ from the Western variety? Can Europe’s broken security order be rebuilt? Are the established democracies stable enough to withstand the rise of populism and identity politics?
These are some of the questions troubling Mark Leonard, one of Europe’s leading foreign-policy thinkers. As founder of the European Council on Foreign Relations – the first pan-European think tank – Leonard stands at the intersection of ideas and policy, with a flair for iconoclastic and original thinking and a restless curiosity about the next big thing.
Indeed, Leonard was just 23 when he wrote the 1997 report “Britain ™,” which was credited with launching the notion of “Cool Britannia” and attracted the support of Tony Blair’s new government at the time. His first book, Why Europe will run the 21st Century, was translated into 20 languages and remains one of the indispensable works on the European Union of the last two decades. His best-selling book What Does China Think? appeared in 15 languages.
An intellectual entrepreneur who has lived in Brussels, Washington, and Beijing, Leonard is not afraid to explore the dark side of globalization or to speak truth to power in troubled times. As Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Geo-Economics, Leonard has written three reports on the interaction of strategic power and economic policy and performance.
Every month in The Shape of the New, written exclusively for Project Syndicate, Mark Leonard provides the geopolitical sagacity and insight that presidents, prime ministers, and CEOs have sought from him for the last two decades.
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