The European Leadership Network (ELN) works to create the conditions for a world without nuclear weapons. As an organisation, we start from the assumption that disarmament can only happen if it contributes to everyone's sense of security and we believe it can only come about if political and military leaders work together to address the security challenges that give rise to the existence of nuclear weapons in the first place. This means we work across the international policy agenda to focus thinking, dialogue, and action on whatever issues we believe are a block to progress.
As a high-level network, the ELN is made up of former Prime Ministers, Foreign Ministers, Defence Ministers, and senior diplomatic, military and scientific figures from across Europe, Russia and Turkey.
We are a non-partisan, non-profit organisation based in London and registered in the United Kingdom. The network is led by Director, Dr Ian Kearns, and Chair of the pan-European Executive Board, Lord Browne of Ladyton.
What We Do
The ELN carries out its work by producing and disseminating independent research and analysis, and by providing an independent platform for international dialogue and debate with a strong focus on workable and credible policy solutions. Our activities are currently structured around three areas: Global Security, Euro-Atlantic Security and the Middle East.
The ELN also coordinates and administers the Top Level Group (TLG) of UK Parliamentarians for Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation. The TLG encourages a public discourse and a better understanding of security and defence issues by participating in public and private events, tabling questions and initiating debates in the House of Commons and the House of Lords.
The ELN encourages and supports other European countries to follow the TLG model. It cooperates with members of the German Subcommittee for Disarmament, Arms Control, and Non-proliferation and welcomes the foundation of an Italian group in April 2012.