The European Leadership Network
ARTICLE | April 5, 2011
The European Leadership Network (ELN) for Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation is a network of senior European political, military and diplomatic figures including Des Browne, Ruud Lubbers, Lord Geoffrey Howe, Lord Robertson, and Ivo Šlaus. ELN was established in June 2010 to express concern over the world’s growing nuclear dangers and to work multilaterally to have those dangers addressed. It emerged out of a partnership between the British cross-party parliamentary group, the Top Level Group of Parliamentarians for Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation and the independent think-tank, the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI) in London. The goals of the network are to join up, integrate and provide a focal point for the debate on nuclear issues within Europe; increase the European voice on the full spread of nuclear issues from nuclear disarmament to non-proliferation and nuclear security; and allow groups of senior European leaders within the network to come together with each other and with others to develop ideas and proposals that can help to make the world a safer place. The third ELN conference is planned in connection with the Pugwash Annual conference in Berlin in June 2011.