Judy Dempsey

Nonresident Senior Fellow
Carnegie Europe
Editor in chief
Strategic Europe

Dempsey is a nonresident senior fellow at Carnegie Europe and editor in chief of Strategic Europe.

Judy Dempsey is a nonresident senior fellow 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).

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  • Judy Asks: Is Ukraine Losing Its Way?
    • Wednesday, September 13, 2017

    Judy Asks: Is Ukraine Losing Its Way?

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

  • Poland, Brexit, and the Curse of History
    • Tuesday, September 12, 2017

    Poland, Brexit, and the Curse of History

    Instead of using Brexit to strengthen its position inside the EU, Poland is damaging its own interests by alienating Germany.

  • Judy Asks: Is It Time for Hard Power in North Korea?
    • Wednesday, September 06, 2017

    Judy Asks: Is It Time for Hard Power in North Korea?

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

  • The Big Holes in Germany’s Election Campaign
    • Tuesday, September 05, 2017

    The Big Holes in Germany’s Election Campaign

    Angela Merkel and other party leaders are dodging strategic issues that can no longer be brushed aside.

  • Judy Asks: Why the Delay on an EU Migration Policy?
    • Wednesday, August 30, 2017

    Judy Asks: Why the Delay on an EU Migration Policy?

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

  • Putin’s Man in Hungary, Putin’s Man in Germany
    • Tuesday, August 29, 2017

    Putin’s Man in Hungary, Putin’s Man in Germany

    Russian energy is still one of the Kremlin’s geostrategic weapons in Europe, but it need not be.

  • Judy Asks: Can Macron Deliver?
    • Wednesday, August 23, 2017

    Judy Asks: Can Macron Deliver?

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

  • The Misery of Germany’s Election Campaign
    • Monday, August 21, 2017

    The Misery of Germany’s Election Campaign

    Germany’s main political parties have no new ideas about the country’s role in Europe and don’t even debate reforms at home.

  • Europe’s Ebbing Summer
    • Friday, August 04, 2017

    Europe’s Ebbing Summer

    Be it the German election, Brexit, Italy’s financial woes, Poland’s political troubles, or digitization, the fall will bring no respite for European leaders.

  • What Are You Reading?
    • Wednesday, August 02, 2017

    What Are You Reading?

    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.

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