Jan Techau

Carnegie Europe
Techau is the director of Carnegie Europe, the European center of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Techau works on EU integration and foreign policy, transatlantic affairs, and German foreign and security policy.


MA, Christian-Albrechts University, Kiel 
Exchange Fellowship, Pennsylvania State University 


English; German


Jan Techau is the director of Carnegie Europe, the European think tank of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Techau works on EU integration and foreign policy, transatlantic affairs, and German foreign and security policy.

Before joining Carnegie in March 2011, Techau served in the NATO Defense College’s Research Division from February 2010 until February 2011. He was director of the Alfred von Oppenheim Center for European Policy Studies at the German Council on Foreign Relations in Berlin between 2006 and 2010, and from 2001 to 2006 he served at the German Ministry of Defense’s Press and Information Department.

Techau is an associate scholar at the Center for European Policy Analysis and an associate fellow at both the German Council on Foreign Relations and the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies. He is a regular contributor to German and international news media and writes a weekly column for Judy Dempsey’s Strategic Europe blog.

  • Globe
    Citi January 16, 2016
    Global Political Risk

    Political and business leaders will need to be more attuned to the new shape of global political risks, which have increased in a more interconnected world.

  • Mogherini
    European Union Institute for Security Studies January 15, 2016
    EU Global Strategy: Defining Foreign Policy Interests

    One reason for the EU’s foreign policy weakness is its inability to define the starting point of policymaking: the interests of those acting.

  • Strategic Europe January 12, 2016
    Four Predictions on the Future of Europe

    The European Union of tomorrow will be defined by more integrated foreign policy, the end of the euro, a more complete single market, and more realpolitik.

  • Merkel; Cameron
    Strategic Europe December 18, 2015
    The Winners and Losers of 2015

    As 2015 comes to an end, Judy Dempsey and Jan Techau choose their winners and losers of the last twelve months in foreign policy.

  • EU
    Article December 18, 2015
    Strategic Options for Europe, the Occasional Power

    The EU’s structural underperformance in classic foreign policy is unlikely to end anytime soon. Being an occasional power is as much a state of affairs as it is a state of mind.

  • Strategic Europe December 14, 2015
    Ukraine’s Fragile Status Quo

    All the major players in the conflict in eastern Ukraine have achieved roughly what they can realistically expect to achieve. All except the Ukrainians themselves.

  • Strategic Europe December 1, 2015
    The Moral Pitfalls of Foreign Policy Weakness

    Europe’s problem is not moral bankruptcy, but a political, economic, and military weakness that drives leaders into policies that are ethically questionable.

  • Strategic Europe November 17, 2015
    Europe’s Foreign Policy Reaction to the Paris Attacks? Noise

    For the military protection of their interests, Europeans still rely on the Americans to come to their aid. The November 13 Paris attacks are unlikely to change that.

  • Strategic Europe October 20, 2015
    The Real Reason for EU Treaty Change

    If Europeans want to enable the EU to cope with the existential crises that surround it, they need to expand the union while keeping its nation-states intact.

  • Germany; United States
    Op-Ed American Institute for Contemporary German Studies October 8, 2015
    A Promise Unfulfilled: German-U.S. Relations 25 Years After Reunification

    Since German reunification in 1990, the country’s role in both NATO and the EU has altered. And as a consequence, Germany’s relationship with the United States has evolved.

  • ISIS
    Bloomberg November 24, 2015
    Hollande Presses EU Member States for IS Coalition

    While French President François Hollande calls for cooperation among EU member states against the so-called Islamic State, Brussels remains on lockdown against the threat of a possible attack.

  • European Parliament
    Euronews January 9, 2014
    “Revolutionary Political Reform” Needed as European Union Faces Crucial Year

    2014 will be a decisive year for Europe’s future. What the EU needs is a revolutionary political reform that can bring European citizens back on board.

  • European Union
    EU Watcher November 26, 2013
    We Are No Longer the Coolest Dudes on the Planet

    Since the Berlin Wall fell, Europe has been battling to keep the twentieth-century continent alive in the twenty-first. In years to come, the EU will have to make some big decisions.

  • Polskie Radio June 17, 2013
    Does the Eurozone Have a Future?

    Although there is still great concern for the eurozone, the discourse has moved from predicting an immediate downfall a year ago to discussing the necessity of economic reform in the continent.

  • Voice of Russia November 21, 2012
    Is UK Heading for Divorce With the EU?

    The EU budget approval summit may be one of the EU’s most bitter fights in years, but there are far more complex and deeply hidden issues on which EU members cannot agree.

  • China Radio International July 4, 2012
    The Future of Euro Still Faces Great Uncertainties

    With the Greek election handing power to a pro-bailout party and EU leaders agreeing to directly extend 100 billion euros in bailout funds to Spanish banks, the eurozone has been granted some much needed respite. But a solution to the crisis remains elusive.

  • EU
    Voice of Russia June 29, 2012
    More Integration to Fight EU's Feebleness

    Europeans have to decide whether they want more integration, which would include a common currency and economic space and the political union that needs to come with that, or national sovereignty.

  • December 7, 2015 Carnegie Europe
    Should the EU Support Non-Western Democracy?

    Calls for different forms of democracy are becoming more prominent and widespread. Yet, it remains unclear what such models should look like.

  • Event
    October 6, 2015 Carnegie Europe
    Monitoring Reform in Ukraine

    A year and a half after the Euromaidan protests and the fall of Viktor Yanukovych’s government, is Ukraine on the right reform path?

  • event
    September 17, 2015 Carnegie Europe
    The Cost of European Security

    As a security vacuum in Europe grows, a wider, strategic question remains unanswered: Who is responsible for keeping Europe safe and free, and at what cost?

  • July 8, 2015 Carnegie Europe
    Bridging the Gaps in EU Foreign Policy

    Six years after the Lisbon Treaty, there are still major gaps between the EU member states and the institutions on how to shape a strategic foreign policy for the union.

  • Ministers
    April 28, 2015 Brussels
    Can Prime Ministers Do Foreign Policy?

    European leaders should boost the foreign policy role of the European Council and the EU’s other institutions—but will they?

  • Corruption
    April 27, 2015 Brussels
    How Corruption Breeds Global Instability

    The world seems to be on fire—the spread of the Islamic State, the endurance of Boko Haram, the East-West standoff in Ukraine. Is corruption the thread tying these events together?

  • © Carnegie Europe
    March 16, 2015 Silken Berlaymont Brussels Hotel, Brussels German
    Germany: Looking Beyond Its Borders

    Frank-Walter Steinmeier has announced that Germany is ready to step up its foreign policy ambitions. What does the future hold for the country’s external relations?

  • March 2, 2015 Vienna
    The European Neighborhood Policy: Which Way Forward?

    Ten years after its launch, it is time to rethink the European Neighborhood Policy. There is a need for greater differentiation and for more nimble and flexible instruments.

  • Ukraine
    February 10, 2015 UK Permanent Representation to the EU
    Crisis in Ukraine, One Year On

    After a serious escalation of violence in eastern Ukraine, EU policymakers are weighing up the possibility of expanding sanctions against Russia. Is that the right approach?

  • Napoleon
    January 20, 2015 Brussels
    The Battle of Waterloo, Two Hundred Years Later

    Two centuries ago, the Battle of Waterloo was more than just an allied victory over Napoleon’s French army—it marked the start of almost fifty years of peace in Europe.

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