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, Conflict, and Governance 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 twelve books. His most recent works are Europe Reset: New Directions for the EU (I.B. Tauris, 2017), Europe’s Eastern Crisis: The Geopolitics of Asymmetry (Cambridge University Press, 2017), and The Puzzle of Non-Western Democracy (Carnegie, 2015).
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.
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.
Many in Europe think Ukraine should be decentralized, while Russia advocates federalization. That divide misses the point; what is really important is fostering good democracy.
The EU is unveiling a number of new initiatives to improve its approach to peace building. But it still needs to do more to tackle the deep-rooted causes of conflict.
Ukraine’s protesters must ensure they convert the spirit of revolution into real democracy. In doing so, they should avoid the mistakes made by other states, especially Egypt.
At the third anniversary of the Arab Spring uprisings, the state of play in the Middle East and North Africa is cause for concern. But is it all as somber as it looks?
The EU needs to revise its approach toward Ukraine. That means involving civil society and a range of other actors if and when negotiations between Brussels and Kiev resume.
For nearly a decade, Spain has punched below its weight on the world scene. But could Spain’s foreign policies be a signpost for the future of European external relations?
The EU is well-positioned to encourage the nascent U.S.-Iranian rapprochement. To do so, the EU will need to draw lessons from its previous period of cooperation with Tehran.
Recent tragic events in the Middle East show that the EU needs to adopt a comprehensive, multilateral regional strategy in its dealings with its Southern neighborhood.