European Council on Foreign Relations


ECFR was established in 2007 by a council of fifty founding members – chaired by Martti Ahtisaari, Joschka Fischer, and Mabel van Oranje – with initial funding from George Soros’ Open Society Foundations, the Communitas Foundation, Sigrid Rausing, UniCredit and FRIDE.
Inspired by the role American think-tanks played in helping the US move from isolationism to global leadership, ECFR’s founders set about creating a pan-European institution that could combine establishment credibility with intellectual insurgency. Today, ECFR has over 60 staff from 20 countries, and receives funding from a wide range of charitable foundations, national governments, companies and private individuals


The European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) is a pan-European think-tank. Its objective is to conduct research and promote informed debate across Europe on the development of an effective, values-based European foreign policy. ECFR aims to provide a safe meeting space for policy-makers, activists and intellectuals to share ideas; offer a media platform to get European talking about their role in the world

Geographic Focus

Pakistan, Japan, India, China, Middle East, Egypt, Lybia Tunisia, North Africa, Europe, US

Programme Areas

International Relations, Research. Foreign Relations

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