Fabrice Pothier

Former Director
Carnegie Europe
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Pothier, director of Carnegie Europe, is a noted commentator on European policy in Afghanistan and Pakistan, transatlantic issues, and global drug policy.


MA, London Metropolitan University, DESS, Université de Versailles


English; French; Italian

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Fabrice Pothier is no longer with the Carnegie Endowment.

Fabrice Pothier was director of Carnegie Europe, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s pan-European foreign policy forum for senior policy makers, experts, and leading journalists. Pothier is a noted commentator on European policy in Afghanistan and Pakistan, transatlantic issues, and global drug policy. He is a regular contributor to BBC World, France24 and Bloomberg, and has published in leading European affairs journals including the European Voice, E!Sharp, and Europe’s World. He has testified before the UK Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, and given presentations at RUSI, IISS, the EU Commission, and NATO. He is on the advisory board of the LSE Ideas Transatlantic Programme.

Prior to his appointment, Pothier was head of policy analysis and co-founder of the Senlis Council (now ICOS), an international security and development group with a special focus on counternarcotics and Afghanistan, which was initiated by the Network of European Foundations. Pothier built and headed the European representation bureau in London, where, as spokesman, he made appearances on BBC World, CNN International, ITN, Al Jazeera International and CBC. He also led special projects in Afghanistan on the relations between narcotics, insurgents, and poverty.


Selected Publications: "Quelles alternatives a la prohibition," (Foreign Policy Edition Française, Sept/Oct 2007).

  • Where's Europe?
    Q&A August 4, 2010
    Where's Europe?

    In the face of the euro crisis, questions have emerged about Europe’s cohesion—particularly the strength of the institutions called for under the Lisbon treaty—and what that means for its relevance in major international challenges.

  • NATO Must Adapt to New Challenges
    Op-Ed Global Europe March 3, 2010
    NATO Must Adapt to New Challenges

    Two decades after the end of the Cold War, NATO must demonstrate that it can adapt to the security challenges of the 21st century, including nuclear weapons proliferation, terrorism and cyber-warfare.

  • Last Shot in Afghanistan
    Op-Ed The Diplomat February 19, 2010
    Last Shot in Afghanistan

    The fundamental driving force of the insurgency is not economic or tribal but political, and long-term stability in Afghanistan depends on creating an open, transparent process to renegotiate the political structure of the nation in a way that includes the insurgency without betraying the Afghan people.

  • Invite the Taliban to the Afghanistan Conference
    Op-Ed Foreign Policy January 27, 2010
    Invite the Taliban to the Afghanistan Conference

    At the international conference on Afghanistan in London, the international community should address the only issue that really matters for peace in Afghanistan: how to make the Taliban part of a lasting solution.

  • The Last-chance Strategy
    Article December 2, 2009
    The Last-chance Strategy

    The Obama administration announced its new Afghanistan strategy, which asks European allies to send as many as 5,000 extra combat troops in support of a war which more than two-thirds of the European public believe is already lost.

  • Europe: Losing and at a Loss?
    Op-Ed E!Sharp November 9, 2009
    Europe: Losing and at a Loss?

    The European Union’s Afghanistan policies are the result of two different and contradictory constituencies: the transatlantic one, consisting of the United States and its European interests, and, on the other end of the spectrum, local party activists, who view Afghanistan as an unnecessary and dangerous war.

  • Time for an Afghan Surge
    Op-Ed Foreign Policy October 22, 2009
    Time for an Afghan Surge

    The reality is that many Afghans see Kabul as part of the problem, and a runoff election is unlikely to change that. If the new Afghan government is to earn public support, and NATO is to find a way out of Afghanistan, a civilian surge will be vital.

  • Can Afghans Still Count on the EU?
    Op-Ed The European Voice September 3, 2009
    Can Afghans Still Count on the EU?

    The EU should commit itself to a ‘civilian surge', but with Afghan rather than European civilians.

  • Crossing the Aisle in Paris and Washington
    Op-Ed E!Sharp August 31, 2009
    Crossing the Aisle in Paris and Washington

    Both the U.S. and French Presidents, Barack Obama and Nicolas Sarkozy, have brought key opposition figures into their administrations. As Fabrice Pothier argues, in both cases their policy influence has been minimal.

  • NATO: Under New Leadership
    Article August 4, 2009
    NATO: Under New Leadership

    Anders Fogh Rasmussen, NATO's new Secretary-General, must provide transformational leadership, not just status-quo management, for the alliance to bridge the chasm between its ambitions and its capacities.

  • October 25, 2010 Brussels
    Scarcity and Foreign Policy

    The last decade has seen a marked change in both the scale of competition for resources and the interdependences this entails.

  • October 4, 2010 Brussels
    Iran: After the Sanctions, What Next?

    The recent adoption of a new round of UN Security Council sanctions, followed by bilateral measures from the United States and the EU, represents the latest attempt by the international community to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

  • September 29, 2010 Brussels
    Turkish Politics and the Fading Magic of EU Enlargement

    Turkey’s AKP referendum victory on constitutional reform could result in measures revitalizing the country’s bid for EU membership. However, the referendum could also deepen Turkey’s political divisions.

  • September 8, 2010 Brussels 中文
    Post-Crisis China and the Changing Global Economic Order

    The growing imbalance between high-growth economies—led by China—and low growth ones will have increasingly profound implications for trade and investment patterns and the global distribution of power.

  • June 24, 2010 Brussels
    The Euro in Crisis: Global and Regional Implications

    Despite unprecedented support from the European Union and the IMF, the euro crisis that began in Greece has quickly engulfed Europe and now threatens the very future of the euro.

  • May 26, 2010 Brussels Русский
    The Carnegie Russia–Europe Forum—“The Next Decade: What Kind of Partner Can Russia Be?”

    European and Russian experts discuss the key issues affecting Russia-Europe relations.

  • May 17, 2010 Brussels
    Next Generation NATO: A Conversation With Madeleine Albright & Jeroen van der Veer

    Following consultations which began in September 2009, the NATO-appointed Group of Experts chaired by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, presented its findings on the Alliance’s future to NATO Secretary General Rasmussen and members of the North Atlantic Council on May 17th.

  • January 28, 2010 London
    Beyond the Surge: A Political Strategy for Afghanistan?

    On the sidelines of the international ministerial conference on January 28th, Afghan stakeholders as well as Western experts brought their insights to shape the debate on the future of Afghanistan.

  • Troops in Afghanistan
    November 10, 2009 Brussels
    Is Afghanistan Still Worth It?

    European governments are finding it ever more difficult to convince their constituencies back home that a sustained European presence in Afghanistan is of critical importance to any sort of lasting peace.

  • Afghan Elections
    September 3, 2009 Brussels
    Afghanistan after the Election: What Next?

    On his return from a month-long trip to Afghanistan, Gilles Dorronsoro provided a briefing on the security situation on the ground and offered a post-election strategy for addressing the Taliban threat.

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