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.
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Joseph Dobbs is a Research Fellow at the European Leadership Network.
Before joining the ELN in June 2014, Joseph completed his postgraduate studies at St Antony's College at the University of Oxford, focusing on Chinese politics and foreign policy. Prior to this he studied at the Universities of Hong Kong and Liverpool, achieving a first-class BA in Modern History and Politics at the latter. Joseph has also worked at the European External Action Service and in domestic politics in the UK.
Thomas Frear is a Research Fellow at the European Leadership Network (ELN).
Prior to the ELN Thomas has held posts at the Russian Institute of Oriental Studies and within the British Parliament. Thomas holds a Master's Degree in International Relations from the University of Kent and a Master's Degree in International Relations in Eurasia from the Higher School of Economics in Moscow
Dr Ian Kearns - Director
Dr Ian Kearns is the Director of the European Leadership Network (ELN). He has also a member of the BASIC Trident Commission, and worked as a consultant to the Commission and to RUSI on nuclear issues.
Previously Ian was Acting Director and Deputy Director of the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) in the UK and Deputy Chair of the IPPR’s independent All-Party Commission on National Security in the 21st Century, serving under co-chairs, Lord George Robertson and Lord Paddy Ashdown. He also served in 2010 as a Specialist Adviser to the Joint House of Commons/House of Lords Committee on National Security.
Ian has over twenty years of experience working on foreign and security policy issues and has published on a wide range of issues including Britain’s ‘special relationship’ with the US, nuclear non-proliferation, the enlargement of the European Union, conflict in the former Yugoslavia, and the security situation in Northern Ireland. He is former Director of the Graduate Programme in International Studies at the University of Sheffield, a former Director in the Global Government Industry Practice at Electronic Data Systems (EDS), and a regular media commentator on domestic and international security.
Lukasz Kulesa is Research Director at the European Leadership Network.
Previously, he worked as the Head of the Non-proliferation and Arms Control Project at the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM), focusing on non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, proliferation crises (North Korea, Iran), perspectives for nuclear disarmament, Russian security policy, nuclear and conventional deterrence, the role of missile defence, and the future of arms control systems. He remains involved with PISM as research associate.
In 2010-2012 he was working as Deputy Director of the Strategic Analyses Department at the National Security Bureau, a body providing aid and support to the President of the Republic of Poland in executing security and defence tasks.
Simon Lunn - Senior Associate Fellow
Simon Lunn is a Senior Associate Fellow for the European Leadership Network for Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (ELN). He was Secretary General of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly 1997-2007 following 8 years as the Deputy Secretary General when he initiated and implemented the Assembly’s program of partnership and assistance to the parliaments of Central and Eastern Europe. As Head of Plans and Policy on NATO’s International Staff 1983-89 he was involved in all aspects of NATO defence planning and a member of the High Level Task Force on preparations for the Conventional Forces Europe (CFE) negotiations. Between 1979-81 he worked at the US Congressional Research Service writing reports for Congress on NATO strategy, on the 1979 INF decision and participated in the Senate hearings on the ratification of SALT II. During the 1970’s as Director of the North Atlantic Assembly’s Defence Committee he worked extensively on the role of nuclear weapons in NATO strategy. He has a BA (Hons) in History from the University of Wales and an MA in War Studies from Kings College, London University. He attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst 1960-62 subsequently serving as an officer in the British army. He is currently a Senior Fellow at DCAF in Geneva and a consultant with NTI in Washington DC.
Denitsa Raynova is a Research Associate for the European Leadership Network (ELN).
Prior to this, Denitsa has worked as a Research Assistant for Security Watch UK organising the Securing Asia 2012 Summit. Her resume includes an internship at NATO Headquarters Allied Command Izmir Turkey during Operation Unified Protector in Libya as well as an internship at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Bulgaria.
Shatabhisha Shetty - Deputy Director
Shatabhisha Shetty is the Deputy Director for the European Leadership Network (ELN). She has been the Primary Clerk and Researcher to the Top Level Group of UK Parliamentarians for Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation since its inception in 2009. She also worked in the Nuclear Analysis Programme at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies.
Shata has a Masters in International Public Policy from University College and Bachelors of Science with Honours in Computer Science from Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh. She previously worked as a Communications Officer for two Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) as well as for The Rt Hon Des Browne during his time as a Member of Parliament (MP). In addition she has worked as a Parliamentary Officer for the British Council and worked at the European Commission in the Information Society and Media Directorate General.