European Leadership Network

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European Leadership Network (ELN) is a pan-European think-tank focusing on European foreign, defence and security issues based in London, United Kingdom.[1] The ELN's Director is Sir Adam Thomson,[2] former UK Permanent Representative to NATO.

History and Organisation[edit]

The ELN was founded as part of a project by the Nuclear Security Project in an effort to "help create the political space for dialogue, education and action on the vision and steps toward a world without nuclear weapons.".[3] At the end of 2013 the ELN broadened its focus and remit of work to address a much wider range of foreign and security policy challenges facing Europe.

The ELN is currently chaired by former UK Defence Secretary Des Browne and is directed by Sir Adam Thomson.[4] In March 2015, Lord Browne and former Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov, both won the prestigious Nunn-Lugar Award for Promoting Nuclear Security, in part for their work with the European Leadership Network.[5]

The ELN specialises on security issues.[6]

On 27 March 2015 the Carnegie Corporation of New York announced that it was funding the European Leadership Network for 24 months, as part of its philanthropic efforts.[7]


The ELN operates through a network of former European political, military, and diplomatic leaders and supports this network with in-house research and events.[8] The network itself contains members not just from the EU but also Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, Georgia, Albania, Norway, and Serbia.[9] Such a scope has as its basis a conception of a Greater Europe similar to that of the OSCE.

In 2014 the European Leadership Network has expanded to tackle broader European and global security issues, including the Ebola crisis,[10] near-misses between Russian and Western militaries,[11] and the expanding Russo-Chinese relationship[12]

A report published by the European Leadership Network in 2015, title Dangerous Brinkmanship: closer military encounters between Russia and the West in 2015[13] generated considerable attention around the world.[14][15][16][17] At the 2015 Munich Security Conference in February 2015, conference chairman Wolfgang Ischinger, also a member of the European Leadership Network, publicly questioned Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on the findings of the ELN report.[citation needed] In May 2015, 68 members of the European Leadership Members signed a global statement in support of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty ahead of its Review Conference in New York.[18] The statement was also signed by senior figures from Latin America, the United States and Asia-Pacific.

The European Leadership Network administers the Top Level Group of UK Parliamentarians for Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (TLG)[19]




  1. ^ "Dereliction of Duty". The Times. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
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  3. ^ "Leadership Networks - About - Nuclear Security Project". Retrieved 3 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Trident is no longer key to Britain's security". 5 February 2013. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
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  7. ^ "Carnegie Corporation of New York: CARNEGIE CORPORATION OF NEW YORK BOARD APPROVES 24 GRANTS TOTALING $15,831,400". Retrieved 3 April 2015.
  8. ^ a b c d e f White October Ltd. "About". Retrieved 3 April 2015.
  9. ^ White October Ltd. "Network Participants". Retrieved 3 April 2015.
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  12. ^ "Guest post: Russia and China – Friends or 'frenemies'?". Financial Times. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
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  15. ^ "Nato-Russia incidents came close to conflict, says think-tank". Financial Times. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
  16. ^ "Russia's 'close military encounters' with Europe documented". BBC News. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
  17. ^ "Russian military aircraft posing threat by turning off communication devices". South China Morning Post. 2 December 2014. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
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  19. ^ "About". Top Level Group. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
  20. ^ "Partner Organizations". NTI: Nuclear Threat Initiative. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
  21. ^ "European Leadership Network Visits Washington". Retrieved 3 April 2015.
  22. ^ "The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust - Database of funded projects". Retrieved 3 April 2015.

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