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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 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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    How to Finance Higher Education in Africa

    Célestin Monga proposes a mix of several funding streams to improve access to high-quality colleges and universities.
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    Catalytic Capital Holds the Key to Southeast Asia’s Green Transition

    Kitty Bu & Stefanie Fairholme highlight the potential role of early-stage funding in advancing the region’s decarbonization efforts.
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    Which AI Risks Matter?

    Edoardo Campanella

    To prevent humanity from ever being demoted to the status of gorillas by a highly advanced artificial intelligence, most AI experts agree that we must retain control over the technology. But with developers racing to achieve the next breakthrough and gain market share, that may be easier said than done.

    considers three leading experts’ assessments of the technology’s future capabilities and their implications.
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    Europe Must Defend Itself

    Donald Trump – who spent his presidency lambasting NATO – recently suggested that he would encourage Russian aggression against NATO allies that had not met their commitment to spend 2% of GDP on defense. With Trump vying for another term in the White House – and the Ukraine war still raging on the European Union’s doorstep – EU countries can no longer ignore the difficult but essential task of taking charge of their own security.

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    Making the Most of FDI

    Keun Lee considers what it takes to convert foreign investment into growth, development, and technological upgrading.
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    Explaining Americans’ Pessimism About a Strong Economy

    Jeffrey Frankel considers possible reasons for the disconnect between economic performance and public perceptions.
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    Sharing the Tech Wealth

    Diane Coyle urges investment in digital public infrastructure to curb the adverse effects of market power.
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    The WTO’s FDI Challenge

    Karl P. Sauvant urges the World Trade Organization’s members to adopt the new Investment Facilitation for Development Agreement.

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