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Mark Leonard

Mark Leonard

Writing for PS since 2004
81 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. Peak Atlantic Unity?
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    Peak Atlantic Unity?

    Nov 16, 2022 Mark Leonard urges European leaders to reduce their dependence on the United States while there is still time.

  2. Preparing for the Long War
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    Preparing for the Long War

    Sep 26, 2022 Mark Leonard thinks Europeans should plan for a prolonged conflict despite Ukraine’s recent gains.

  3. Ukraine’s War Viewed from China
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    Ukraine’s War Viewed from China

    Jul 29, 2022 Mark Leonard asks why Chinese scholars see the conflict in a radically different light than Westerners do.

  4. The European War Project
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    The European War Project

    Jun 30, 2022 Mark Leonard explains how Russia’s war has forced a reconsideration of basic principles and long-held assumptions.

  5. The Decline and Fall of Davos Man
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    The Decline and Fall of Davos Man

    May 30, 2022 Mark Leonard surveys the ample evidence that geopolitics is fully replacing the post-Cold War project of globalization.

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    Resentment on the Western Front

    Sławomir Sierakowski thinks the Polish public needs a more open and honest conversation about refugees before resentment spirals.
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    Crypto’s Well-Worn Path to Crisis

    Xavier Vives writes that, despite the novelty of the assets, the narrative of FTX’s collapse was established long ago.
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    The Unavoidable Crash

    Nouriel Roubini anticipates a stagflationary debt crisis, owing to a dangerous combination of inflation and over-borrowing.
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    War Over Taiwan?

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr. considers whether a deterrence arrangement that has worked for 50 years is still sufficient.
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    The Contested Fed

    James Livingston

    By all accounts, central banks – particularly the Fed, because the dollar is still the world’s dominant currency – already act as investment authorities. But their recent bailouts have exacerbated economic inequality, and have done little or nothing to address climate change.

    reviews three books that, each in its own way, reveal a central truth about the world’s leading central bank.
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    The Economics of Mainstreaming Climate Action

    Jean Pisani-Ferry & Selma Mahfouz identify the risks and short-term costs associated with the energy transition over the next decade.
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    Killing Twitter

    Antara Haldar explains what Elon Musk fundamentally misunderstands about the platform – and about free speech.
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    The Napoleons of Big Tech

    Bill Emmott

    Recent events in the technology sector suggest that investors and lenders should be demanding a premium to cover the risk that a star entrepreneur will become an egomaniacal dictator. With each business cycle, it seems, old lessons must be relearned.

    sees in the industry’s harsh reckoning this year lessons that apparently can’t be learned often enough.
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    The Crypto Emperor’s New Clothes

    The collapse of several crypto platforms this year – including the spectacular crash of the second-largest cryptocurrency exchange, FTX – has raised fundamental questions about the credibility of a digital innovation once hailed as the key to democratizing finance. Has crypto finally been exposed as a scam, or will a new, stronger crypto industry emerge from the current turmoil?

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