Experts & Staff

Tara Varma

Head, ECFR Paris
Policy Fellow

Areas of expertise

French foreign policy; European security; politics and security in Asia

Languages

French, English, Spanish, Hindi

Biography

** on parental leave **

Tara Varma is a policy fellow and head of the Paris office of the European Council on Foreign Relations, where she follows French foreign policy and European and Asian security developments.

She looks particularly at current French defence and security proposals in the European framework. She is also interested in Asian security, and the role Europeans could play in it, notably in the Indo-Pacific region. Varma joined ECFR in January 2015 as a coordinator and then deputy head of the Paris office. She previously worked and lived in Shanghai, Delhi and Paris. She graduated from Sciences Po Lille and SOAS in London in International Relations, with a focus on Asian Politics and Indian and Chinese foreign policies.

The EU and Belarus in 2021

How is Europe planning to keep Belarus on the agenda and will it provide more political support for Belarusian civil society?

Publications

Articles

Rocking the boat: The Macron method

The thread that runs through most of Macron’s speeches and declarations is European strategic sovereignty: he fears that Europe will be marginalised in a world in which authoritarian powers are rising. 

Specials

Podcasts

In the media

Tara Varma discusses EU-India relations in this podcast by the State Chancellery of the city of Hamburg.

Joanna Hosa and Tara Varma’s article on vaccine diplomacy and Sputnik V republished in Spanish