• What Are You Reading?

    Posted by: Judy Dempsey July 27, 2015

    Time for Strategic Europe’s annual summer reading suggestions! Carnegie Europe has asked a cross-section of diplomats, policymakers, and analysts to share their favorite books.


    Sandro GoziItalian minister for European affairs

    Foreign policy

    The Anarchical Society: A Study of Order in World Politics by Hedley Bull. The strength of this book is that Bull wrote it when the world was bipolar, but the analysis fits perfectly nowadays, in a multipolar scenario. The anarchical society, one of the outstanding works of the English School of international relations, represents a precious attempt to combine order and cooperation at the international level—a lesson that is still extremely crucial in the current world.


    American Pastoral by Philip Roth. In my opinion, the highest level reached by Roth. The rise and fall of a family and a society, described by Roth’s mastery at its best, beginning with the astonishing opening words: “The Swede.”

    Home country (Italy)

    Bar Sport (Sports Bar) by Stefano Benni. A forty-year-old book that will make you laugh from the first to the last page. The Italian society that lives in the Bar Sport doesn’t exist anymore, but some of its characters—in a mix of irony, humanity, and curiosity—still live in our collective imagination.

    Guilty pleasure

    What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami. Given that I am a runner, with the experience of several marathons, I could not exclude this formidable essay by Murakami. In this book, you can feel all the passion that comes from running amid day-to-day struggles.


    Ryan HeathSenior EU correspondent at Politico Europe

    Foreign policy

    The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History by Boris Johnson. No one writes better about politics, and no one mattered more in politics.


    Wild Things by Brigid Delaney. There are deep, unpleasant racial and class undercurrents in most societies—mix them in with the rashness of youth, and you can get a nasty cocktail.

    Home country (Australia)

    Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas. The author of The Slap kept me turning the pages during the last Australian summer as he depicted an outsider’s struggle to rise and detailed the surprising choices he makes after he falls.

    Guilty pleasure

    Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. It’s better than the movie, and it’s great for that rainy day when you can’t go to the beach.


    Dominik JankowskiChief specialist for crisis management at the Security Policy Department of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Foreign policy

    War of Necessity, War of Choice: A Memoir of Two Iraq Wars by Richard N. Haass. Since 2014, another war in Iraq has been looming. Yet, it is still not clear in the West whether one should treat it as a war of necessity or a war of choice. This book could serve as a much-needed political and military compass.


    L’art français de la guerre (The French Art of War) by Alexis Jenni. This Goncourt Prize–winning novel not only dissects France’s colonial past and its wars in Indochina and Algeria but also serves as a secret passage to understanding the current European challenges with multiculturalism.

    Home country (Poland)

    Obłęd ’44 (The Madness of ’44) by Piotr Zychowicz. A very controversial book for Poles. It formulates a hypothesis that the 1944 Warsaw Uprising was a disastrous political and military mistake for Poland and a strategic gift for the Soviet Union. Still, Zychowicz analyzes in a fascinating way the political decisionmaking process in times of war.

    Guilty pleasure

    Le printemps des Arabes (The Spring of the Arabs) by Jean-Pierre Filiu and Cyrille Pomès. Is there a better way to portray a revolution of a generation of young Arabs who redefined the use of social media and rediscovered youth for international relations than to do so in a comic book? #AdultsReadComicBooks #YoungGenerationPower


    Jan TechauDirector of Carnegie Europe

    Foreign policy

    Germany: Memories of a Nation by Neil MacGregor. Britain’s foremost museum genius and history story teller delivers a lighthearted yet deeply erudite inquiry into what made Germany the nation it is today. Highly relevant for those interested in today’s tricky European affairs.


    The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon. What if the Jewish homeland had been founded in Sitka, Alaska, not in the Holy Land? What if the lease on that territory were about to expire? I am rereading this mock-hard-boiled, dystopian story about murder, redemption, and American-Yiddish culture this summer because it had a strange, lasting grip on me when I first read it years ago.

    Home country (Germany)

    Vormacht wider Willen (Unsought Dominance) by Stephan Bierling. Hands down the best analysis of Germany’s newfound importance as a foreign policy power, and of the domestic and external factors that shape its actions.

    Guilty pleasure

    Confessions of an Art Addict by Peggy Guggenheim. This chatty, bubbly, entirely unconventional and hugely fascinating autobiography of the famous art collector, who was a truly independent, larger-than-life character, still has lots of freshness more than fifty years after its first publication. It is also, of course, a treasure for anyone in love with Venice.


  • Letter From Zagreb

    Posted by: Žarko Puhovski Friday, July 24, 2015 1

    Croatia’s foreign policy paints a gloomy picture. One way for Zagreb to raise its game could be by contributing to major initiatives led by the bigger EU member states.

  • Assessing the EU’s New Democracy and Human Rights Action Plan

    Posted by: Richard Youngs Thursday, July 23, 2015

    EU member states must work hard to turn the union’s new action plan on democracy and human rights into a platform for more effective democracy support.

  • Two Crucial Tests for Turkey

    Posted by: Marc Pierini Wednesday, July 22, 2015

    Ankara faces two major challenges in the months ahead: forming a new government and participating effectively in the fight against Islamic State militants.

  • What Are You Reading?

    Posted by: Judy Dempsey Monday, July 20, 2015

    Time for Strategic Europe’s annual summer reading suggestions! Carnegie Europe has asked a cross-section of diplomats, policymakers, and analysts to share their favorite books.

  • Letter From The Hague

    Posted by: Louise van Schaik, Margriet Drent Friday, July 17, 2015

    Dutch foreign policy is relatively engaged and ambitious. But the Netherlands lacks a clear vision on key security issues and on ways to mitigate risks.

  • Greece and Iran Are Chances for Europe

    Posted by: Judy Dempsey Thursday, July 16, 2015

    With political will, European leaders could do much more to support Greece and Iran modernize their countries.

  • Judy Asks: Is Now the Time for More European Integration?

    Posted by: Judy Dempsey Wednesday, July 15, 2015 4

    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.

  • What the Iran Deal Means for Europe

    Posted by: Cornelius Adebahr Wednesday, July 15, 2015

    The agreement achieved on July 14 on Iran’s nuclear program is a major achievement. But the hard work continues, especially for the EU and its member states.

  • The Euro Shows the Way for the EU

    Posted by: Jan Techau Tuesday, July 14, 2015 5

    Europeans must save the euro and, more importantly, draw the consequences of the current crisis. That means preparing for political union.

  • Turning Tsipras’s Loss Into Victory

    Posted by: Ulrich Speck Monday, July 13, 2015 2

    For Greece to transform its economy, the Greek government must start to see Brussels, Paris, and Berlin not as enemies but as partners for change.

  • Why the United States and Germany Differ Over Fixing Greece

    Posted by: Judy Dempsey Monday, July 13, 2015 1

    Despite eurozone leaders reaching a deal with Greece on July 13, Washington and Berlin have two competing economic philosophies about overcoming the Greek economic crisis.

  • Letter From Bucharest

    Posted by: Armand Goșu, Octavian Manea Friday, July 10, 2015 2

    As a country on the Eastern edge of NATO and the EU, Romania spends most of its diplomatic resources on regional security priorities.

  • Europe’s Strategic Indifference Over Greece and Ukraine

    Posted by: Judy Dempsey Thursday, July 09, 2015 1

    Greece’s economic crisis and the war in Ukraine pose similar threats to Europe’s security—threats that most European leaders prefer to ignore.

  • Judy Asks: Is Greece Killing Europe?

    Posted by: Judy Dempsey Wednesday, July 08, 2015 2

    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.

  • The Labors of Tsipras

    Posted by: Uri Dadush Tuesday, July 07, 2015 4

    Solving Greece’s protracted debt crisis makes for a Herculean task. Does Alexis Tsipras have what it takes to pull off a deal with his country’s international creditors?

  • Greece Votes No

    Posted by: Judy Dempsey Monday, July 06, 2015 6

    In a referendum on July 5, Greeks rejected the terms of a new international bailout package for their country. Now come the hard choices for Greece and the EU.

  • Letter From Helsinki

    Posted by: René Nyberg Friday, July 03, 2015 3

    Finland has found a way to reconcile with Russia. Yet this great-power neighbor remains Helsinki’s insoluble security dilemma.

  • Central Europe’s Shameful Rejection of Refugees

    Posted by: Judy Dempsey Thursday, July 02, 2015 7

    Instead of opening their doors to refugees, most of the EU’s Central and Eastern member states are putting up barriers.

  • Judy Asks: Is There Such a Thing as European Solidarity?

    Posted by: Judy Dempsey Wednesday, July 01, 2015

    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.


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