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Foreign policy podcasts hosted by Mark Leonard, Director of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), the first pan-European think-tank.

https://www.ecfr.eu

The European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) is an award-winning international think-tank that aims to conduct cutting-edge independent research on European foreign and security policy and to provide a safe meeting space for decision-makers, activists and influencers to share ideas. We build coalitions for change at the European level and promote informed debate about Europe’s role in the world. In 2007, ECFR’s founders set about creating a pan-European institution that could combine establishment credibility with intellectual insurgency. Today, ECFR remains uniquely placed to continue providing a pan-European perspective on some of the biggest strategic challenges and choices Europeans need to confront, with a network of offices in seven European capitals, over 60 staff from more than 25 different countries and a team of associated researchers in the EU 28 member states.

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Foreign policy podcasts hosted by Mark Leonard, Director of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), the first pan-European think-tank.

https://www.ecfr.eu

The European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) is an award-winning international think-tank that aims to conduct cutting-edge independent research on European foreign and security policy and to provide a safe meeting space for decision-makers, activists and influencers to share ideas. We build coalitions for change at the European level and promote informed debate about Europe’s role in the world. In 2007, ECFR’s founders set about creating a pan-European institution that could combine establishment credibility with intellectual insurgency. Today, ECFR remains uniquely placed to continue providing a pan-European perspective on some of the biggest strategic challenges and choices Europeans need to confront, with a network of offices in seven European capitals, over 60 staff from more than 25 different countries and a team of associated researchers in the EU 28 member states.

    Geopolitics in the coronavirus era – who will be crowned winner?

    Geopolitics in the coronavirus era – who will be crowned winner?

    Last week’s episode saw our experts dissecting the coronavirus’ implications for Europe. In today's episode, we’re breaking down how the crisis is unfolding in the rest of the world. From the Middle East to Russia and Asia, and all over across the Atlantic – what long-term effects could it have on these regions? And what does it mean for geopolitics, the global system and its institutions?
    Our Host Mark Leonard is joined by the ECFR heads of programme Julien Barnes-Dacey, Susi Dennison, Janka Oertel & Nicu Popescu to discuss how the virus is manifesting in these regions, and the implications it carries with it – and it doesn’t look too good.
    For all the gloominess this podcast will create, our experts recommend turning to poetry for some soul-healing. Recommendations below!

    Bookshelf:
    - "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" by T.S.Elliot
    - "Happy Everyday" by Benjamin Zephaniah

    - "MBS: The Rise to Power of Mohammed Bin Salman" by Ben Hubbard
    - "Sandworm" by Andy Greenberg
    - "The Pursuit of Power" by William H. McNeill
    - "Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy" by Cathy O'Neil
    - "The Psychology of Pandemics. Preparing for the Next Global Outbreak of Infectious Disease" by Steven Taylor
    - "The Coronavirus pandemic and the new world it is creating" by Josep Borrell

    This podcast was recorded on 25 March 2020.

    • 29 min
    Corona Angst – How the virus puts the European Project and globalisation at risk

    Corona Angst – How the virus puts the European Project and globalisation at risk

    Recently declared a global pandemic, it is undeniable that the coronavirus will be a global political, social, financial and economic crisis - requiring actions that reach far beyond unilateral measures by single states. Within Europe, the virus seems to be calling into question the fundamentality of a shared European solidarity also due to rising dissatisfaction at the lack of a coordinated response. Whilst it is too early to tell, to what extent, it seems more and more certain that this crisis will have long-lasting consequences for the European project and life as we know it. Host Mark Leonard is joined by his fellow home office workers Jana Puglierin, Arturo Varvelli, Jose Ignacio Torreblanca and Pawel Zerka to dissect the European response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    This podcast was recorded on 18 March 2020.

    Bookshelf:
    "We need to talk about Putin" by Mark Galeotti
    “The bethrothed” by Alessandro Manzoni
    “I burn Paris” by Bruno Jasienski
    “Europe and the virus: The battle of narratives” by Pawel Zerka


    Further reading: www.ecfr.eu/coronavirus

    • 25 min
    Many elephants in the room: the EU and the Turkey, Syria, coronavirus and refugee crises

    Many elephants in the room: the EU and the Turkey, Syria, coronavirus and refugee crises

    The European Union faces a multi-crisis situation at the moment. As the conflict in Idlib and the circumstances at the Greek-Turkish border has erupted, Europe seems to have troubles to respond to latest developments in the Syrian war and threats from Turkey.
    Host Mark Leonard is joined by ECFR co-chair and former Prime Minister of Sweden, Carl Bildt as well as by the ECFR experts Asli Aydintasbas and Julien Barnes-Dacey to discuss the reasoning behind Ankara’s recent moves and the EU’s reactions. How to avoid a 2015-like situation but without tossing its own values and human rights out off the window? And how to deal with the other seats of fire within the Union itself?

    This podcast was recorded on 12 March 2020.

    Further reading:
    - Syrian voices: Where next for European policy?
    https://www.ecfr.eu/article/commentary_syrian_voices_where_next_for_european_policy

    Bookshelf:
    "The Anarchy" by William Dalrymple
    "Pax Sinica: implications for the India dawn" by Samir Saran & Akhil Deo
    "Black Lamb and Grey Falcon" by Rebecca West
    "Blame Europe, not just Turkey, for migration deal collapse" by Kati Piri on politico.eu
    "Beyond blackmail at the Greek-Turkish border" by Nathalie Tocci on politico.eu
    "Clash of Empires: Currencies and Power in a Multipolar World" by Charles Gave & Louis-Vincent Gave

    • 29 min
    The EU as regulatory superpower: can EU law be a geopolitical tool?

    The EU as regulatory superpower: can EU law be a geopolitical tool?

    This week’s podcast episode sees very special participation from Anu Bradford, law professor at Columbia and author of “The Brussels Effect: How the European Union Rules the World”. Bradford’s book focuses on the way the EU manages to continuously set standards and have a say in the global playing field by unilaterally regulating its powerful single market, and consequentially reinforcing its status as a global powerhouse. Joined by our usual Host Mark Leonard and Head of ECFR Berlin Jana Puglierin, and drawing on many examples from the digital economy to climate change, this episode explores how a global regulatory race to the top will be how the EU gets to have a say in the 21st century.

    Bookshelf:
    - The Brussels Effect by Anu Bradford
    - “The Great Reversal: How America Gave Up on Free Market ” by Thomas Philippon
    - “The World as It Is” by Ben Rhodes
    - “The Sanders Doctrine” in The Atlantic by Uri Friedman

    This podcast was recorded on 2 March 2020.

    • 29 min
    You better bring a book – the start of the EU’s lengthy budget talks

    You better bring a book – the start of the EU’s lengthy budget talks

    Negotiations over the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2021 – 2027 just have started. But as tensions and divergences between the EU member states are rising, a final agreement seems considerably far away for now. The European Union is subject to a series of unprecedented constraints, the most significant one being the UK’s departure and the withdrawal of the money it once granted. Still, the implications of the budget allocation are manifold and extremely far-reaching. It will affect major themes which stand at the very basis of the Union and its future role on the global stage, such as national sovereignty, climate and innovation. Our Director Mark Leonard is joined by ECFR co-chair and director of the Danish think tank EUROPA Lykke Friis, as well as ECFR experts Jonathan Hackenbroich and Pawel Zerka to dissect the ongoing status of the discussions.

    Inspired by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, here are some recommendations by our podcast crew on what to read during the long hours of MFF negotiations:

    Bookshelf:
    - “Den nya oredans tid” by Carl Bildt
    - “The three escapes by Hannah Arendt” by Ken Krimstein
    - "The books of Jacob“ by Olga Tokarczuk
    - “Exorbitant Privilege: The Rise and Fall of the Dollar and the Future of the International Monetary System” by Barry Eichengreen - -
    - "Håbets Europa” by Lykke Friis
    - "En kuffert i Berlin: Rejse i Angela Merkels Tyskland“ by Lykke Friis

    This podcast was recorded on 25 February 2020.

    Picture (c) European Union

    • 24 min
    Feeling the Westlessness at the Munich Security Conference 2020

    Feeling the Westlessness at the Munich Security Conference 2020

    The annual Munich Security Conference was themed "Westlessness" defining “a widespread feeling of uneasiness and restlessness in the face of increasing uncertainty about the enduring purpose of the West”. Is the West becoming less relevant in global affairs? Are the West’s international partnerships endangered? And if so, what will the world look like in the future? Our Director Mark Leonard is joined by an all-star ECFR cast including Janka Oertel, Ulrike Franke, Ellie Geranmayeh and Jeremy Shapiro, for a very special episode recorded straight from the MSC – and covering everything from 5G, China, Iran and the future of Europe’s transatlantic relationship.

    Further readings
    Land of the lost: My trip to the Munich Security Conference by Jeremy Shapiro
    Europe, 5G, and Munich: The China challenge and American mission by Janka Oertel
    ​Facing the West’s Demons: The 2020 Munich Security Conference by Mark Leonard
    Westlessness: Lessons from the Western Balkans by Majda Ruge
    Charm defensive: Macron and the Germans at the Munich Security Conference by Jana Puglierin

    This podcast was recorded on 15 February 2020.
    Picture (c) MSC/Becker

    • 20 min

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