Judy Dempsey’s
Strategic Europe

    • Thursday, September 29, 2022

    Judy Asks: Can Putin Be Stopped?

    The decision to mobilize reservists and the ensuing domestic unrest points to Putin’s weakness. Western sanctions and military support for Ukraine are key to preventing a Russian victory.

    • Thursday, September 22, 2022

    More Storm Clouds Gather Over Armenia, Azerbaijan

    Azerbaijan’s military action in Armenia has gravely damaged chances of a settlement. EU-mediated negotiations, the only viable peace talks, need greater international support.

    • Tuesday, September 20, 2022

    Why Ukraine Must Win

    A Russian victory against Ukraine would be devastating for Europe’s security and stability. European governments have no excuse for not realizing what is at stake.

    • Thursday, September 15, 2022

    Judy Asks: Is the EU Too Soft on Hungary?

    For too long, the EU has neglected Viktor Orbán’s attack on its fundamental values. Brussels must use its financial leverage to halt Hungary’s democratic decline.

    • Tuesday, September 13, 2022

    Russia’s War in Ukraine: A Turning Point?

    Ukraine’s recent gains highlight the unpredictability of Russia’s war. The main challenge for Western governments, NATO, and the EU is to act in unison while adjusting to the evolving military dynamics.

    • Thursday, September 08, 2022

    European Unity Can Endure the Winter of Discontent

    The coming winter promises to be dark and difficult. But doomsters may be proven wrong in anticipating that the war effort in Ukraine’s support will divide the EU.

    • Tuesday, September 06, 2022

    Gorbachev’s Legacies

    Albeit unwittingly, the Soviet Union’s last president paved the way for complex democratic transformations across Eastern Europe. The values these countries fought for must now be protected within the EU itself.

    • Thursday, September 01, 2022

    Judy Asks: Is NATO Doing Anything for Ukraine?

    Most Western assistance to Ukraine, including weapons and training, has come from individual NATO member states. But without the alliance, this support would be less coordinated and not as substantial.

    • Tuesday, August 30, 2022

    Understanding the Erdoğan-Putin Duet

    Both Moscow and Ankara are benefiting from Turkey’s mediating role since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Strategically, however, Putin has the upper hand.

    • Thursday, August 25, 2022

    If Liz Truss Becomes Britain’s Prime Minister

    Should she win the ongoing leadership race, Liz Truss will face a public divided over departing Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Honoring her predecessor may guarantee her the party’s support but will not help win back disillusioned voters.

    • Tuesday, August 23, 2022

    Europe Heads Into a Rocky Autumn

    Amid soaring energy prices, Russia’s continued war in Ukraine, and tensions over Taiwan, the EU will have no respite. The bloc mustn’t let internal crises distract from strategically dealing with external challenges.

    • Tuesday, July 19, 2022

    Europe’s Continued Commitment to Ukraine Hinges on Germany

    The EU’s unity on Ukraine could unravel as energy prices soar and Germany continues to buy Russian gas. Berlin’s strategic and leadership is urgently needed.*

    • Thursday, July 14, 2022

    What Are You Reading?

    It’s that time of the year! Dip into the final batch of summer recommendations from Carnegie Europe’s scholars, friends, and colleagues. We hope you enjoy them and discover some real gems.

    • Tuesday, July 12, 2022

    What Are You Reading?

    It’s that time of the year! Dip into the second batch of summer recommendations from Carnegie Europe’s scholars, friends, and colleagues. We hope you enjoy them and discover some real gems.

    • Thursday, July 07, 2022

    What Are You Reading?

    It’s that time of the year! Dip into the first batch of summer recommendations from Carnegie Europe’s scholars, friends, and colleagues. We hope you enjoy them and discover some real gems.

    • Tuesday, July 05, 2022

    Europe’s Geopolitical Turn Needs a Democratic Reboot

    After a decade of crises in Europe, historic decisions were taken at the EU and NATO summits to strengthen the continent. To overcome today’s challenges, Brussels must confront the causes of its paralysis in the 2010s.

    • Thursday, June 30, 2022

    Judy Asks: Are the EU’s Enlargement Promises Credible?

    Granting candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova has earned the EU praise. But by keeping Western Balkan countries in the waiting room, the union is aggravating the region’s frustrations with Brussels.

    • Tuesday, June 28, 2022

    NATO and the EU’s Strength Lies in Their Unity

    • Hanna Ojanen

    Russia’s war against Ukraine shows why NATO and the EU are both essential for European security. The two offer different yet complementary models for organizing the continent’s defense.

    • Thursday, June 23, 2022

    Why the EU Must Open Its Doors to Ukraine

    Granting Ukraine EU candidate status would send an important signal to its government and citizens. But this must go hand in hand with weapons supplies and support for the country’s reconstruction.

    • Tuesday, June 21, 2022

    Putin is Banking on Europe’s Divisions Over Russia

    The parliamentary election setback for President Macron and bickering inside the German and Italian coalitions play into Moscow’s hands. If EU member states falter over Ukraine, European security will be jeopardized.

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