European Leadership Network

The European Leadership Network (ELN) is an independent, non-partisan, London-based but pan-European NGO with a network of nearly 200 past, present and future European leaders working to provide practical real-world solutions to political and security challenges. Through its research, publications, events, practical policy advocacy, media reach and high-level networks, the ELN works to builds better security for wider Europe. It concentrates on what it judges to be the gravest risks to Europe’s security and on the risks where it assesses that it can make the greatest difference.

Directly involved with the OSCE, the ELN works to build deeper mutual security from Lisbon to Vladivostok, and reduce risks in Russia-West relations. In 2016, at the request of the Organisation, the ELN hosted a roundtable discussion with members of the Eminent Persons Panel (PEP) on European Security and reconsolidating security as a common project. In 2018, the ELN held a conference on security cooperation in the Western Balkans with the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President and Parliamentary Assembly Secretary General both in attendance. Published and presented at the Security Days in Vienna, the ELN also submits papers and presents recommendations to the Structured Dialogue Process on the prevention and management of military incidents.

As an organisation, the ELN develops specific proposals to stabilise the NATO-Russia relationship through addressing military doctrines, postures and introducing restraint and arms control solutions; working in particular with members of the OSCE Network on security challenges in the Baltic Sea area. 

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Sophie Taylor is responsible for engagement with the ELN’s high-level networks across Europe and the US, including its Senior Associate Fellows and institutional partners.She works across the ELN’s three work programmes of Global Security, European Defence, and Euro-Atlantic Security, supporting the output of the organisation’s staff and contributors.

Prior to joining the European Leadership Network Sophie worked for the UK Parliament’s House of Lords International Relations Committee. She has also worked for the British Foreign Office in the UK Mission to the United Nations, Geneva, as well as having experience in political risk consultancy and research.

Sophie has a first-class honours in International Relations and holds a distinction Master’s degree in International Security and Development from the University of Swansea.