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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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    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 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

    The 1860 massacre of Christians in Damascus holds useful lessons about what it takes to arrest – and recover from – inter-communal violence. But there is a difference between a pogrom and a genocide, and conflating the two can do more harm than good.

    considers what the 1860 massacre of Christians in Damascus can and cannot teach us about preventing genocide.
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    AI: Hope or Hype?

    Whether generative artificial intelligence will do more harm or good to our families, economies, and societies remains an open question. In devising strategies for harnessing the technology, optimism is undoubtedly warranted, but it should not come at the expense of realism.

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    How Denmark Keeps the Far Right at Bay

    Michael Ehrenreich explains how mainstream parties have neutralized the threat of right-wing populists.
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    How Techno-Libertarians Fell in Love with Big Government

    Quinn Slobodian argues Silicon Valley investors are against the state only insofar as it is not enriching them personally.
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    How Chinese Savings Can Support the Global Green Transition

    Daniel Gros urges the EU to welcome cheap low-carbon goods, such as electric vehicles, from China.

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