Ulrich Speck

Visiting Scholar
Carnegie Europe
Speck is a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe in Brussels, where his research focuses on the European Union’s foreign policy and Europe’s strategic role in a changing global environment.


PhD, Modern History, University of Frankfurt


English; French; German

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Ulrich Speck is a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe in Brussels. His research focuses on the European Union’s foreign policy and Europe’s strategic role in a changing global environment.

Since 2009, he has edited the Global Europe Brief, a weekly EU foreign policy newsletter widely circulated among decisionmakers in Brussels and other European capitals.

From 2010 to 2013, Speck was an associate fellow at the Madrid-based think tank FRIDE. Prior to that he worked for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Prague and Brussels, and in 2006 he was a fellow at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies in Washington, DC.

Speck writes a monthly foreign policy column for the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, a leading Swiss daily. He has published widely on German and European foreign policy and transatlantic relations. He co-edited Empire America: Perspectives on a New World Order (Empire Amerika. Perspektiven einer neuen Weltordnung; Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt, 2003), which asks whether the United States can be called an empire, as well as books on the revolution of 1848 and modern anti-Semitism.

  • Article March 26, 2015
    German Power and the Ukraine Conflict

    The Ukraine crisis has revealed both the strengths of German foreign policy—diplomatic skill and economic power—and its weakness—a lack of military muscle.

  • Eurasia Outlook March 3, 2015
    How Will Nemtsov’s Murder Change Political Life in Russia?

    In the wake of the murder of one of Russia’s most fervent opposition leaders, Boris Nemtsov, Russia remains less in a state of shock than in a state of confusion about what this means for the country’s future. Eurasia Outlook asked Carnegie’s experts to share their thoughts on how the event will change political life in Russia.

  • Ukraine
    Op-Ed CNN February 25, 2015
    How Ukraine Can Beat Vladimir Putin

    Ukraine’s best hope for peace is to wind down the war with Russia and to use the breathing space for much-needed reform.

  • EU; US
    Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies February 25, 2015
    The Renaissance of the West

    The West is being challenged in unprecedented ways that threaten its core values and cohesion. How should Europe and the United States react to Russia’s renewed aggression?

  • Eurasia Outlook December 10, 2014 中文
    Vladimir Putin’s Annual Address and Its Message

    Several Carnegie experts from different offices discuss the significance of Putin’s address to the future of Russia and its role in the international community.

  • Russia
    Article December 9, 2014
    The EU Must Prepare for a Cold Peace With Russia

    The EU’s approach to the post-Soviet space has failed. The union and its member states need to design a new Eastern policy that puts Eastern Europe, not Russia, first.

  • Ukraine
    Op-Ed The Moscow Times November 30, 2014
    Europe Must Stand Its Ground Against Russia

    For years, the EU was extremely cautious not to provoke Russia. But with Moscow’s aggression against Ukraine, the EU now has to accept that the situation has changed.

  • Eurasia Outlook November 25, 2014
    Russia and Germany: The Antipodes in the International System

    In character and attitude, Germany and Russia are the antipodes in today’s international system. That could explain perhaps both the closeness the two countries have felt for years and the growing confrontation which has come with the Ukraine crisis.

  • Berlin
    Nomos & Khaos November 3, 2014
    Power and Purpose: German Foreign Policy at a Crossroads

    Germany has an interest in strengthening the current global order. Thanks to its geography and economy, the country has the means to do so—but does it have the willingness?

  • October 28, 2014
    A New Ambition for Europe: A Memo to the European Union Foreign Policy Chief

    Four experts assess the most pressing issues awaiting the incoming EU foreign policy chief and propose a new strategy for turning Europe into a more effective global actor.

  • September 29, 2014 Moscow
    The Prospects for EU/Germany-Russia Relations

    The current conflict between the European Union and Russia is a clash between a postmodern world, in which states prefer to use soft power to achieve their foreign policy goals, and a modern one, in which the use of force in foreign policy is considered acceptable.

  • 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.

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