Mark Leonard (director)

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Mark Leonard, October 2010

Mark Leonard (born 1974) is a British political scientist, and author. He is the director of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) which he founded in 2007. He is the son of Dick Leonard,[1] the writer and journalist, and Irène Heidelberger-Leonard, a professor of German literature. He has been writing for Project Syndicate, an international media organization, since 2004[2].


In 2005, he wrote a book called Why Europe Will Run the 21st Century.[3][4] His second book, What does China think? was published in 2008.[5]

Mark Leonard founded the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) in October 2007,[6] for which he serves as executive director.[7] He moderates ECFR's weekly podcast "ECFR's World in 30 Minutes".

Leonard has been director of foreign policy at the Centre for European Reform, and Foreign Policy Centre.[8][9]


Mark Leonard was a pupil of the European School of Brussels 1 from where he graduated with a European Baccalaureate. Leonard graduated from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he read social and political sciences. He was chairman of the Cambridge Organisation of Labour Students (now the Cambridge Universities Labour Club) in 1994-5.


  1. ^ Labour Camp: The Failure of Style Over Substance, Stephen Bayley, B.T. Batsford, 1998, page 30
  2. ^ "Mark Leonard - Project Syndicate". Project Syndicate. Retrieved 2017-10-18.
  3. ^ Leonard, Mark (2005-05-01). "Why Europe Will Run the 21st Century". Foreign Affairs. Retrieved 2014-04-19.
  4. ^ Henderson, William (2006-11-21). "Alworth Institute: Review of Mark Leonard on Why Europe Will Run the 21st. Century". Retrieved 2014-04-19.
  5. ^ See the author's profile at Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  6. ^ Torreblanca, José Ignacio; Leonard, Mark (May 2013). "The Continent-Wide Rise of Euroscepticism" (PDF). European Council on Foreign Relations. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  7. ^ Leonard, Mark; Torreblanca, José Ignacio (2013-10-03). "The remarkable rise of continental Euroscepticism". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-03-24.
  8. ^ "Mark Leonard". Retrieved 2014-03-24.
  9. ^ "» Mark Leonard » Print - EU enlargement - ESI". 2009-06-06. Retrieved 2014-04-19.