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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  • Decentralization: Ukraine’s Rub
    • Friday, May 16, 2014

    Decentralization: Ukraine’s Rub

    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 and International Conflicts
    • Tuesday, April 15, 2014

    The EU and International Conflicts

    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 and the Intricacies of Transition
    • Friday, February 28, 2014

    Ukraine and the Intricacies of Transition

    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.

  • The Arab Spring Three Years On
    • Friday, January 31, 2014

    The Arab Spring Three Years On

    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?

  • Ukraine’s European Future: How the EU Can Make a Difference
    • Tuesday, December 03, 2013

    Ukraine’s European Future: How the EU Can Make a Difference

    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.

  • Spain as a Template for European Foreign Policy?
    • Friday, November 15, 2013

    Spain as a Template for European Foreign Policy?

    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?

  • Europe and Iran: Past as Prologue
    • Friday, October 18, 2013

    Europe and Iran: Past as Prologue

    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.

  • From Egypt to Syria: The Middle East’s Interlinked Tragedies
    • Friday, September 13, 2013

    From Egypt to Syria: The Middle East’s Interlinked Tragedies

    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.

Education

PhD, MA Warwick University
BA, Cambridge University

Languages
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
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