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Mark Leonard

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Why Scotland looks like the canary in the independence coal mine NEW
Mark Leonard 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 11 Hours, 27 Minutes ago
Scotland's drive to independence has been interpreted by many as a throwback to ancient identity politics – but many of the trends on display in the Scottish referendum have more to do with the politics of the future than those of the past.
Clashes with Russia point to globalization’s end NEW
Mark Leonard 3 Months, 1 Day, 15 Hours, 40 Minutes ago
As the European Union and the United States ramp up their sanctions on Russia, President Vladimir Putin’s plans for retaliation seem to include an attack on McDonald’s. There could not be a more powerful symbol that geopolitics is increas...
Decline of U.S. influence means Iran and Saudi Arabia may just have to get along — eventually NEW
Mark Leonard 4 Months, 6 Days, 4 Hours, 40 Minutes ago
Thirty-five years ago Iranian students stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran chanting “death to America.” But today Iran wants to work with the United States to stabilize Iraq while negotiating a deal on its nuclear program. The journey from...
Does Europe have a hero waiting in the wings? NEW
Mark Leonard 5 Months, 4 Days, 13 Hours, 56 Minutes ago
One political figure that has emerged through the European elections with his reputation enhanced rather than diminished. His name is Mateo Renzi, the Italian Prime Minister.
The revolution in Putin’s head NEW
Mark Leonard 6 Months, 1 Week, 3 Hours, 37 Minutes ago
When Ukrainians took to the streets to protest their government in late November, they hoped to launch a revolution. What they didn’t realize when they toppled President Yanukovich in February is that a larger revolution would be in Vladimir Pu...
Why Crimea matters NEW
Mark Leonard 6 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 8 Hours, 44 Minutes ago
The annexation of Crimea could begin the dissolution of the western-led international order.
How to help Ukraine help itself NEW
Mark Leonard 8 Months, 3 Days, 8 Hours, 43 Minutes ago
The courage of Ukrainian citizens must be met with generosity from the West in the form of open markets, visa-free travel and help in reforming a broken system. But Westerners must do it in a way that empowers Ukrainian citizens.
To see Obama’s legacy, look to Europe NEW
Mark Leonard 8 Months, 1 Week, 3 Days, 11 Hours, 10 Minutes ago
To see where Barack Obama has had the most transformative effect as president, look to European politics, where leaders are rising to power in his image.
The revenge of the German elite NEW
Mark Leonard 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 12 Hours, 36 Minutes ago
A push by Germany's elite for a more aggressive foreign policy stance faces one challenge today: the opposition of a non-intervening public.
Seven reasons why the Arab uprisings are eclipsing western values NEW
Mark Leonard 9 Months, 1 Week, 1 Day, 21 Hours, 43 Minutes ago
Protesters in the Middle East are increasingly using western-style freedoms and technologies to reject the liberal tenets of the West.
Europe’s self-hating parliament NEW
Mark Leonard 11 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 5 Hours, 51 Minutes ago
Whether or not Marine Le Pen and Geert Wilders are functioning as Europe’s answer to Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz, the Euroskeptic bloc could end up being more damaging than the Tea Party.
The NSA and the weakness of American power NEW
Mark Leonard 11 Months, 4 Weeks, 2 Days, 1 Hour, 37 Minutes ago
The public outrage that the NSA has spawned could be more damaging to the transatlantic relationship than the Iraq war was a decade ago.
On Iran, Obama’s bigger challenge is with his allies NEW
Mark Leonard 1 Year, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 19 Hours, 8 Minutes ago
When it comes to the Middle East, Obama’s thorniest problems come not from his enemies, but from his friends.
Merkel’s anti-mandate NEW
Mark Leonard 1 Year, 1 Month, 6 Days, 10 Hours, 10 Minutes ago
Rather than provide a mandate for the direction of Germany or Europe, this week’s election has muddied the political waters.
Syria and the politicization of British foreign policy NEW
Mark Leonard 1 Year, 2 Months, 20 Hours, 35 Minutes ago
The main reason that the Syrian campaign was voted down yesterday is not that Britain wants to retreat from the world -- but that the case David Cameron put forward was incoherent, and the political management of the government was faulty.
Do democracies have the guts for diplomacy on Syria? NEW
Mark Leonard 1 Year, 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 23 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
It will be impossible to de-escalate the crisis in Syria by sticking to the comfortable pronouncements of Western politicians.
UK Independence Party renews culture wars NEW
Mark Leonard 1 Year, 5 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 16 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
The UK Independence Party has burst onto center stage to capture almost a quarter of the votes in local elections in Britain, threatening to upset the stable two-party system in a small part of a political backlash against globalization and interdepe...
Protests in France are more than a battle over culture NEW
Mark Leonard 1 Year, 6 Months, 1 Week, 2 Days, 8 Hours, 10 Minutes ago
With economic and political spheres surrendered to global markets and German politicians, the protesters in France may be trying to reclaim ownership of the cultural sphere by seizing on the gay marriage proposal.
Revolt of the technocrats NEW
Mark Leonard 1 Year, 6 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Hours, 37 Minutes ago
A group of German political activists who gathered this weekend to launch an anti-euro party is betting that Merkel’s refusal to countenance change will provide fertile ground for opposition.
The Europeanization of America NEW
Mark Leonard 1 Year, 8 Months, 4 Days, 7 Hours, 23 Minutes ago
The truth is that while values and interests have divided Europeans and Americans, it is austerity and the prospect of decline that have brought them back together.