The European Leadership Network (ELN) works to advance the idea of a cooperative and cohesive Europe and to develop collaborative European capacity to address the pressing foreign, defence and security policy challenges of our time.
It does this through its active network of former and emerging European political, military, and diplomatic leaders, through its high-quality research, publications and events, and through its institutional partnerships across Europe, North America, Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region.
The ELN conceives of Europe in its widest sense, to include not only the EU but Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, and the rest of our diverse continent. It is unique in its high-level political reach and in its ability to effectively network the political, diplomatic and security elites of all countries across this region and parts of Central Asia.
It focuses on arms control and political/military issues, including both conventional and nuclear disarmament challenges inside Europe, and has a particular interest in policy challenges arising in both the eastern and southern peripheries of the continent.
The ELN also works to advance economic, political, energy, people to people and sub-regional cooperation within Greater Europe and to build cooperative European solutions to today’s global challenges, be they related to Russia-West relations, nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, or the challenge and opportunity of the rising powers.
We are a non-partisan, non-profit organisation based in London and registered in the United Kingdom.
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 two areas: Global Security and non-proliferation and Euro-Atlantic Security.
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 Bundestag's Subcommittee for Disarmament, Arms Control, and Non-proliferation and the Italian group based in Rome.