Richard Youngs

Senior Fellow
Democracy and Rule of Law Program

Youngs is an expert on the foreign policy of the European Union, in particular on questions of democracy support.

Richard Youngs is a senior fellow in the Democracy and Rule of Law Program, based at Carnegie Europe. He works on EU foreign policy and on issues of international democracy.

Youngs is also a professor of international relations at the University of Warwick. Prior to joining Carnegie in July 2013, he was the director of the European think tank FRIDE. He has held positions in the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and as an EU Marie Curie fellow. He was a senior fellow at the Transatlantic Academy in Washington, DC, from 2012 to 2013.

Youngs has authored eleven books. His most recent works are Europe’s Eastern Crisis: The Geopolitics of Asymmetry (Cambridge University Press, 2017), The Puzzle of Non-Western Democracy (Carnegie, 2015), and Europe in the New Middle East (Oxford University Press, 2014).

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  • Catalonia and European Democracy
    • Friday, October 06, 2017

    Catalonia and European Democracy

    As it intensifies, the Catalan crisis will have wider ramifications for EU politics. One crucial element revolves around the state of European democracy.

  • Belarus’s Election Tests the EU’s Global Strategy
    • Friday, September 09, 2016

    Belarus’s Election Tests the EU’s Global Strategy

    Dialogue between Brussels and Minsk has intensified, but the ongoing rapprochement does not represent a sufficiently strategic or comprehensive policy.

  • The European Endowment for Democracy, Two Years On
    • Friday, September 04, 2015

    The European Endowment for Democracy, Two Years On

    As the European Endowment for Democracy becomes an established actor in democracy support, it will face tricky challenges and will need to recalibrate its activities.

  • Assessing the EU’s New Democracy and Human Rights Action Plan
    • Thursday, July 23, 2015

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

    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.

  • Armenia as a Showcase for the New European Neighborhood Policy?
    • Thursday, April 02, 2015

    Armenia as a Showcase for the New European Neighborhood Policy?

    The case of Armenia shows the EU’s willingness to adjust its basic neighborhood model. But this adjustment alone does not solve the EU’s most important challenges.

  • A New Phase in Tunisia’s Transition
    • Monday, March 02, 2015

    A New Phase in Tunisia’s Transition

    Tunisia has made progress in its journey to democracy, but many obstacles remain. The international community must keep its focus on the country’s unfinished transition.

  • Egyptian Chimera
    • Friday, November 21, 2014

    Egyptian Chimera

    In its relations with Egypt, the EU should focus on four major challenges: protection of civil society, parliamentary elections, economic engagement, and political Islam.

  • Full Circle in the Middle East?
    • Thursday, October 16, 2014

    Full Circle in the Middle East?

    To address the root causes of chaos and disorder in the Middle East, the EU needs to develop a two-pronged approach that focuses on both security and political reform.

  • European Humanitarianism: Fillip or Substitute for Foreign Policy?
    • Tuesday, September 09, 2014

    European Humanitarianism: Fillip or Substitute for Foreign Policy?

    As Europe’s humanitarian role becomes increasingly prominent, the EU must ensure that the other, more geostrategic components of its foreign policy develop in tandem.

  • Shadow Play in Belarus
    • Friday, June 06, 2014

    Shadow Play in Belarus

    EU-Belarus relations have been frozen for years. A debate is now taking shape on whether the new geostrategic context across Europe’s East might unblock this atrophy.

Education

PhD, MA Warwick University
BA, Cambridge University

Languages
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
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