European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR)

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About ECFR

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 80 staff from more than 25 different countries and a team of associated researchers in the EU 27 member states. Find out more about our 2022-2025 Strategy Framework

Our unique approach

Contagious ideas

Developing ideas that people talk about

ECFR has brought together a team of distinguished policy entrepreneurs to link cutting edge research to practical pan-European policy. Our research is presented through five programmes – Africa, Asia, Middle East and North Africa, Wider Europe and the European Power programme.

Pan-European presence

Engaging with the national conversation

ECFR is the only think-tank that has a truly pan-European footprint, with offices in Berlin, London, Madrid, Paris, Rome, Sofia and Warsaw, and a presence in Brussels. Our unique structure allows us to understand national agendas and be part of the national conversation.

Community of leaders

Bringing Europe together

ECFR’s Council is the strongest and most visible expression of our pan-European identity and consists of serving foreign ministers, former prime ministers, members of national parliaments and the European Parliament, EU Commissioners, former NATO secretary generals, thinkers, journalists and business leaders. Council Members help us to europeanise the national conversations on the EU’s foreign policy priorities and challenges.

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