Jan Techau

Director
Carnegie Europe

Techau was 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.

Jan Techau is no longer with the Carnegie Endowment.

Jan Techau was 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.

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  • Why Ukraine Was No Game Changer—So Far
    • Tuesday, February 24, 2015

    Why Ukraine Was No Game Changer—So Far

    Far from altering Europe’s geopolitical landscape, the Ukraine crisis has only reconfirmed the continent’s old order.

  • Exit America, Europe’s Trust Engine?
    • Tuesday, February 17, 2015

    Exit America, Europe’s Trust Engine?

    The United States succeeded as Europe’s benevolent hegemon because it was able to pacify rivaling European states and instill mutual trust in them. That role is still needed.

  • European Security After Ukraine
    • Tuesday, February 10, 2015

    European Security After Ukraine

    The war in eastern Ukraine is about more than the future of the European geopolitical order. It is about the role of the United States in Europe.

  • The West’s Ukrainian Risk Assessment
    • Tuesday, February 03, 2015

    The West’s Ukrainian Risk Assessment

    In the debate over whether to support Ukraine’s armed forces, the EU and the United States must ask themselves how much uncertainty they are ready to accept.

  • Michel Houellebecq’s Soumission Is the Soundtrack of Our Time
    • Tuesday, January 27, 2015

    Michel Houellebecq’s Soumission Is the Soundtrack of Our Time

    Irony is the quintessential Western cultural achievement. If the West does not appreciate the importance of that defining character trait, it won’t stand a chance.

  • Europe Has More to Fear Than Fear Itself
    • Tuesday, January 20, 2015

    Europe Has More to Fear Than Fear Itself

    The main preoccupation that governs Europe today comes not from external threats but from domestic ill-being. It is, quite simply, old-fashioned economic fear.

  • Happy Holidays from Strategic Europe!
    • Friday, December 19, 2014

    Happy Holidays from Strategic Europe!

    At the end of a tumultuous year, Strategic Europe takes a moment to thank our readers for your inspiration, support, and engagement.

  • The Rotten and the Forgotten of 2014 World Politics
    • Tuesday, December 16, 2014

    The Rotten and the Forgotten of 2014 World Politics

    The last twelve months have been unusually eventful. Amid the vicissitudes of 2014, highlights include a resurgent Russia, shrewd Scots, and the EU’s underrated foreign policy.

  • Donald Tusk to the Rescue!
    • Tuesday, December 02, 2014

    Donald Tusk to the Rescue!

    The new president of the European Council offers the EU’s best chance to revitalize the union’s foreign policy. Will he seize that opportunity?

  • The Ukrainian Communications Standoff
    • Tuesday, November 25, 2014

    The Ukrainian Communications Standoff

    In the war of nerves now raging over Ukraine, the West does not need to counter Russian propaganda with its own parallel truth: it can rely on the power of facts.

Education

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

Languages
  • English
  • German
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