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The European Leadership Network is a network of leaders devoted to a safer Europe.  Our networks are at the heart of everything that we do at the ELN, from providing expertise to giving us leverage in delivering practical policy impact.

Our Network Structure

We are a network of networks, with members spanning across all of Europe. We bring together some of the most senior former government ministers, officials and security experts with the emerging future leaders of European security. The ELN has three core networks:

  • The Senior Network, our largest network that brings together political, military, diplomatic, civil society and business leaders from across wider Europe. They hold different political opinions and preferences, but all subscribe to the ELN agenda of dialogue and are ready to contribute to joint development of solutions to the current challenges.
  • The Younger Generational Leaders Network on Euro-Atlantic Security (YGLN), our group of emerging security leaders. The YGLN works to bridge the divide between Russia and the West by bringing together nearly 80 emerging leaders of 27 nationalities throughout Europe – including Russia and Turkey – and the United States to discuss the most pressing Euro-Atlantic security challenges of the 21st century.
  • The Contact Group on Russia-West Relations, which was established to bring together current Members of Parliament, diplomats, and strategic advisers from across wider Europe who can deliver national and European policy impact on Russia – West relations.
  • The New European Voices on Existential Risk (NEVER) Network, our newest network consisting of over 30 young Europeans, aims to attract, nurture and sustain new talent and ideas from wider Europe on nuclear issues, climate change, biosecurity and emerging disruptive technologies (EDTs), and to connect this talent pipeline with wider debates on existential risks facing humanity.

In addition to our core networks, we have networks within our programmes. The Euro-Atlantic Security programme includes:

  • The Task Force on Cooperation in Greater Europe, a select group of senior officials from key European states who focus on breaking from the legacy of the Cold War and focus on emerging political, economic and security challenges of the 21st Century. The Task Force is a partnership between The ELN, the Russian International Affairs Council, the Global Relations Forum and the Polish Institute of International Affairs.
  • The Top Level Group, a cross-party parliamentary group in the United Kingdom, whose primary focus is the advancement of the nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation agenda in Britain and internationally. The ELN acts as the secretariat for the Top Level Group.
  • The Euro-Atlantic Security Leadership Group (EASLG), is an informal and independent group of senior participants from across America, Canada, Russia, and Europe. The group works to test idea and develop proposals for improving security in areas of existential common interest.

The Global Security programme includes:

  • The Iran Network brings together senior experts from across Europe and beyond to monitor developments and deliver impact on policy relating to European-Iranian relations.

Our sister networks are The Asia-Pacific Leadership Network and The Latin America Leadership Network.

We are a member of The EU Non-Proliferation Consortium, a network of leading European organisations working on non-proliferation policy.

Additionally, we work closely alongside The University Consortium, six of the world-leading academic institutions in North America, Europe and Russia who run an inter-regional training programme for outstanding students. The Consortium was formed in responses to deteriorating relations between Russia, the US and Europe.

ELN Network Map