Edward Lucas is a prescient, seasoned and compellingly articulate observer of international affairs. He was the first Western commentator to highlight the emerging threat from Vladimir Putin’s Russia, with his landmark best seller, The New Cold War, written in 2007 and translated into 20 languages. It drew on his decades of experience in the former communist world, including a four-year posting as the Economist’s Moscow bureau chief. He has also foretold the growing crisis in cyber-security, with his acclaimed book Cyberphobia — highlighting the way in which our dependence on the internet is outstripping our ability to defend ourselves. He also predicted Britain’s Brexit vote to leave the EU, with incisive analysis of the failings of the “Remain” camp in the run-up to the referendum.
An acclaimed author and versatile public speaker, Lucas gives keynote speeches, moderates conference sessions and takes part in panel discussions at high-level international events. He consults for private and public-sector clients. In addition to testifying before committees of the American and British legislatures, he has lectured at Harvard, Stanford, Oxford, Cambridge, LSE and other leading universities, as well as at major intelligence agencies. He appears regularly on the BBC's Today and Newsnight programmes, and on other major broadcasters including NPR, CNN and Sky News.
Having covered Europe for more than 25 years as a journalist, Lucas offers uniquely valuable insights into the political and economic climate and trends. He also offers profound analysis of the weaknesses of the West which Russia and other adversaries exploit. He is an authoritative speaker on money-laundering, corruption, the abuse of loopholes in onshore and offshore finance (particularly undisclosed beneficial ownership), and the danger of a financial system which privatises profits and socialises losses. He is a vehement defender of the moral and ethical foundations of the free market system. He is an authoritative speaker on peer-to-peer lending: the fast-growing — and controversial — multi-billion dollar business of “bankless banking”, using new technology to link borrowers and lenders directly.
Edward Lucas is a senior editor at the Economist, the world’s leading newsweekly, where he edits the award-winning daily news app Espresso. He also writes leaders, obituaries, book reviews and in-depth articles on topics including cyber-security and NATO-Russian relations. He is a senior vice-president at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA), a Washington DC think-tank., where he leads programmes on information-warfare and Nordic-Baltic security. His expertise includes cyber-security, espionage, energy, Russian foreign and security policy and the future of the European Union and NATO.
His journalistic career spans the BBC World Service (for which he was Berlin correspondent), the Independent (posted to Washington, DC) and the Sunday Times (in Prague). He has held numerous senior posts at the The Economist, for which he has been writing since 1988. He was Moscow bureau chief, international editor, energy editor and the central and eastern Europe correspondent. His weekly column has appeared since 2005 and is syndicated in a dozen languages; he also writes for, among others, the *Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Times, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, Foreign Policy * and Standpoint.
He was a co-founder in 1992 of The Baltic Independent, an English-language weekly in Tallinn, Estonia. This pioneering and risky venture in the difficult conditions of the post-communist world played a vital role in shaping outside perceptions of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania — countries which were still wrestling with the legacy of 50 years of Soviet occupation.
His newest book, Cyberphobia, is an insightful analysis, in layman’s language, of the deep security flaws in the computers and networks which now make up the central nervous system of modern civilisation. He specialises in presenting complicated technical concepts that determine our security (or lack of it) on the internet in terms that non-specialists can understand, and in demystifying the products sold by cyber-security companies.
The Snowden Operation, a critical account of the leaks from the NSA in 2013, appeared in 2014. Deception, published in 2011, was the first mainstream analysis of what is now termed “hybrid warfare” — the combination of subversion, propaganda, targeted corruption, intimidation and cyber-attacks which Russia used against Ukraine in 2014.
Lucas has covered every east-west security story from the fall of the Iron Curtain to the Putin regime’s extraordinary consolidation of political and economic power and its adoption of an explicitly revisionist foreign policy. He offers audiences unparalleled historical perspective and indispensable, up-to-the-minute insights into modern Russia, and into the forces bearing down on the frontline states — the former satellites of the Soviet empire — and on the increasingly fragmented and fragile Western alliance.
Lucas is the recipient of numerous awards and decorations. He was also the first foreigner to receive an Estonian electronic identity card. He studied economics at the London School of Economics and Polish at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland. He lectures in German as well as English, and can also speak Russian, Polish, Czech and Lithuanian.
- Senior editor, The Economist
- Senior Vice-President, CEPA
- Editorial Director, Economist Intelligence Unit, Vienna
- Managing editor, The Baltic Independent