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Mark Leonard

Mark Leonard

Writing for PS since 2004
90 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. This Cold War Is Different
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    This Cold War Is Different

    Sep 1, 2023 Mark Leonard foresees a world order shaped not by superpower-led blocs, but by fragmentation and multipolarity.

  2. The West’s Chinese Crossroads
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    The West’s Chinese Crossroads

    Jul 28, 2023 Mark Leonard sees the policy divergence between Canada and Hungary as representative of a choice other countries must make.

  3. Governing a Post-Western World
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    Governing a Post-Western World

    Jul 5, 2023 Mark Leonard explains how America and Europe can navigate an increasingly multipolar environment.

  4. The Post-American Middle East
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    The Post-American Middle East

    Jun 7, 2023 Mark Leonard explains how the region became a laboratory for a future in which the US is not the sole hegemon.

  5. The Ukraine War and European Identity
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    The Ukraine War and European Identity

    May 8, 2023 Mark Leonard examines how Russia’s aggression has forced Europe’s parties and voters to reconsider some core beliefs.

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    Democracies Are Not “Backsliding”

    Jan-Werner Mueller thinks the language commonly used to describe the shift toward authoritarianism is hampering solutions.
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    Christine Lagarde’s Gifts to Populists

    Yanis Varoufakis worries that the European Central Bank's blunders have revived the far right's political fortunes.
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    Bridging the Climate-Development Gap

    Dani Rodrik & Ishac Diwan explain how to free up fiscal space for sustainable development in many low- and middle-income countries.
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    Lower Transaction Costs for Greater Innovation

    Andrew Sheng & Xiao Geng highlight the link between access to global markets and investment in research and development.
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    Ashoka Mody on Indian corruption, growth, jobs, and more

    Ashoka Mody explains the roots of the lack of accountability in India, highlights shortcomings in human capital and gender equality, casts doubt on the country’s ability to assume a Chinese-style role in manufacturing, and more.
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    Why India’s Women Are More Vulnerable to Disasters

    Joyita Roy Chowdhury & Prarthna Agarwal Goel call attention to gender inequalities that exacerbate the effects of floods and other natural catastrophes.
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    Europe in the Age of Industrial Policy

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    While China and the US take advantage of scale to pursue large-scale investment in critical sectors, the EU struggles to follow suit, owing to its decentralized fiscal structures and rules limiting government subsidies to industry. A new EU-level investment program is urgently needed.

    advocates a federal investment program, funded by EU sovereign-debt issuance and administered centrally.
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    Fixing Global Governance

    Gordon Brown explains how to make the G20 and the Bretton Woods institutions fit for purpose once again.
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    The EU Needs Fiscal Union

    Lucrezia Reichlin laments the pro-cyclical bent of the European Commission’s proposed reforms to fiscal rules.

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