Judy Dempsey

Nonresident Senior Associate
Carnegie Europe
Editor in chief
Strategic Europe
Dempsey is a nonresident senior associate at Carnegie Europe and editor in chief of Strategic Europe.


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Judy Dempsey is a nonresident senior associate at Carnegie Europe and editor in chief of the Strategic Europe blog. She is also the author of the book The Merkel Phenomenon (Das Phänomen Merkel, Körber-Stiftung Edition, 2013).

She worked for the International Herald Tribune from 2004 to 2011 as its Germany and East European Correspondent and from 2011 to September 2013 as columnist. Dempsey was the diplomatic correspondent for the Financial Times in Brussels from 2001 onward, covering NATO and European Union enlargement. Between 1990 and 2001, she served as Jerusalem bureau chief (1996–2001), Berlin correspondent (1992–1996), and Eastern European correspondent in London (1990–1992) for the Financial Times. During the 1980s, Dempsey reported on Central and Eastern Europe for the Financial Times, the Irish Times, and the Economist.

Dempsey graduated from Trinity College, Dublin, where she studied history and political science. She has contributed to several books on Eastern Europe, including Developments in Central and East European Politics (Palgrave Macmillan and Duke University Press, 2007) and The Soviet Union and Eastern Europe: A Handbook (Frederick Muller Ltd, 1985).

  • Merkel
    Strategic Europe October 5, 2015
    Merkel’s Syria Trap

    Russia’s intervention in Syria will increase the flow of refugees to Europe, putting further pressure on Merkel’s asylum policy.

  • Strategic Europe October 1, 2015
    Europe’s Powerlessness in the Middle East

    Europe has ceded all influence in its Southern neighborhood, as Russia intervenes in Syria to protect its interests.

  • Strategic Europe September 30, 2015
    Judy Asks: Is Russia Back on the World Stage?

    Every week, a selection of leading experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world.

  • Op-Ed The Moscow Times September 30, 2015
    Europe’s Refugee Crisis Deepening Old Divides

    The refugee crisis is already having major damaging effects on Europe. Tensions and divisions among EU member states are good news for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

  • Strategic Europe September 25, 2015
    Understanding Central Europe’s Opposition to Refugees

    Experts from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia explain the positions taken by their governments toward Europe’s refugee crisis.

  • Merkel; Juncker
    Strategic Europe September 24, 2015
    Refugees Could Break Europe’s Comfort Zone

    European governments have a real chance to rescue an EU that never recovered from the end of the Cold War. But which leaders will seize the opportunity?

  • Strategic Europe September 23, 2015
    Judy Asks: Will the Refugee Crisis Destroy the EU?

    Every week, a selection of leading experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world.

  • Strategic Europe September 21, 2015
    Central Europeans Speak Out for Refugees

    Europe’s refugee crisis is provoking a much-needed debate in Central and Eastern Europe about identity and memory.

  • Strategic Europe September 18, 2015
    Cameron’s Silence and the Fallout of Brexit

    The British government is leading the country inexorably out of the EU. That would have serious geostrategic consequences for Britain, Europe, and Ireland.

  • Strategic Europe September 16, 2015
    Judy Asks: Should the West Work With Russia on Syria?

    Every week, a selection of leading experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world.

  • Merkel
    Deutsche Welle August 28, 2015
    A German Europe or a European Germany?

    If Germany gets too strong, it will be isolated. But if it is not strong enough, it can’t lead.

  • Refugees
    Deutsche Welle April 9, 2015
    Refugees in Germany - Angst on Both Sides

    What can society do to avoid situations similar to that in Tröglitz? What responsibility does the EU’s policy on refugees bear for current tensions?

  • Bibi
    Deutsche Welle March 12, 2015
    Will Israel Vote Change?

    In the final stages before Israel’s March 17 parliamentary election, the opposition is mobilizing against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. How will Israelis vote?

  • Pegida
    Deutsche Welle January 22, 2015
    Pegida Goes Europe: Fear Is the Key

    The Pegida movement has awoken Germany, but Islamophobia is a Europe-wide phenomenon whose roots lie in the alienation of citizens from politics.

  • Germany
    Deutsche Welle October 9, 2014
    Bundeswehr Missions: Is the Military Ready?

    Germany has expressed its readiness to join the coalition of the willing against the Islamic State. But can the country’s military forces live up to its NATO engagement?

  • Obama
    Deutsche Welle September 11, 2014
    World in Crisis: Where Is Obama?

    After U.S. President Barack Obama’s speech on dealing with the Islamic State, questions remain on whether he will live up to expectations and lead the West out of international security threats.

  • European Union
    Deutsche Welle May 1, 2014
    Big EU, Big Success?

    On May 1, 2004, ten countries joined the European Union. Ten years on, many people in both the East and the West retain a skeptical view of that historic enlargement.

  • Obama
    Public Radio International March 26, 2014
    The Crisis in Ukraine is Testing the Limits of the US Relationship With Europe

    During his trip to Europe, U.S. President Barack Obama has tried to rally his European counterparts to form a united front against Moscow’s annexation of Crimea.

  • Russia; Ukraine; Pipeline; Gas
    Euronews March 18, 2014
    The Economics of the EU-Russia Relationship

    The crisis in Ukraine could affect economic ties between the European Union and Russia. At the same time, Brussels needs to rethink its energy relationship with Moscow.

  • Putin; Russia; European Union
    Public Radio International March 4, 2014
    Europe Is Completely Divided Over How to Respond to Russia

    Europe is divided over how to respond to Russia’s invasion of Crimea. The most powerful figure in the diplomatic tango is Germany’s Angela Merkel.

  • 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?

  • June 1, 2015 Brussels
    Ukraine Unrest: Unraveling Post–Cold War Order?

    Despite the Ukraine crisis being the most serious between Russia and the West since the Cold War, the West must not forget the importance of stable relations with Moscow.

  • 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.

  • European Union
    November 20, 2014 Brussels, Silken Berlaymont Brussels Hotel
    A New Ambition for Europe

    With a new EU foreign policy high representative coming into office, it is high time for the EU to become the strategic actor it has set out to be.

  • NATO
    September 5, 2014 NATO Summit Wales, Newport, United Kingdom
    Carnegie Europe Live From the NATO Summit in Wales

    Carnegie Europe was on the ground at the NATO summit in Wales on September 4–5, giving our readers exclusive access to the high-level discussions as they unfold.

  • NATO
    July 3, 2014 Brussels
    NATO: In Search of a New Narrative

    It is time for NATO members to engage in a real strategic debate about why defense matters and what must be done to uphold both the transatlantic relationship and its values.

  • Sikorski; Techau; Dempsey
    May 12, 2014 Brussels, Hotel Silken Berlaymont
    EU Security Amid Crisis in Ukraine

    Recent events in Ukraine have been a stark reminder of the perennially fragile nature of stability and peace in Europe.

  • Munich Security Conference
    February 2, 2014 Munich
    Carnegie Live From the Munich Security Conference

    Carnegie was on the ground at the 50th annual Munich Security Conference to give readers exclusive access to the debates and discussions as they unfolded.

  • November 26, 2013
    Why Defense Actually Matters

    NATO and its allies need to define a new narrative to convince citizens that defense still matters.

  • Merkel; Germany
    September 11, 2013 Brussels
    Unfinished Business: Merkel’s Germany and Europe’s Future

    The German federal election will have enormous repercussions for Europe as, regardless of the election outcome, the Chancellor will have to deal with major challenges.

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