European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR)
The European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) was launched in October 2007 to promote a more integrated European foreign policy in support of shared European interests and values. With its unique structure, ECFR brings a genuinely pan-European perspective on Europe’s role in the world.
ECFR was founded by a council whose members include serving and former ministers and parliamentarians, business leaders, distinguished academics, journalists and public intellectuals. Their aim is to promote a new strategic culture at the heart of European foreign policy.
With offices in seven countries, ECFR’s in-house policy team brings together some of Europe’s most distinguished analysts and policy entrepreneurs to provide advice and proposals on the EU’s big global challenges. ECFR’s pan-European advocacy and campaigns will work through the internet and the media to make the necessary connections between innovative thinking, policy-making and civic action.
The ECFR policy team is organised around four programmes:
How can the European Union and its member countries increase their global reach? How should the EU pursue its interests and values through trade and aid policies? Can European civilian and military capabilities be deployed with greater effectiveness in the world’s conflict zones?
Can the EU recast its relationship to its eastern neighbours and a resurgent Russia? What can be done to use the prospect of EU membership and economic, military and political cooperation to promote democracy, human rights and the rule of law, resolve frozen conflicts and lessen the threat of energy dependence?
What are the most effective ways for EU’s middle east and southern neighbourhood policy to serve European interests and values? How can the EU harness its economic and political power to promote political reforms in north Africa and the greater middle east, resolving conflicts, averting nuclear proliferation and tackling violent extremism?
How can the EU pursue more effective strategies in its relations with Asia, engaging Asian giants such as China, India and Japan on global issues like energy and climate change, development and human rights, nuclear proliferation and global governance?