Stefan Lehne

Visiting Scholar
Carnegie Europe

Lehne is a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe in Brussels, where his research focuses on the post–Lisbon Treaty development of the European Union’s foreign policy, with a specific focus on relations between the EU and member states.

Stefan Lehne is a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe in Brussels, where he researches the post–Lisbon Treaty development of the European Union’s foreign policy with a specific focus on relations between the EU and member states. 

From 2009–2011, Lehne served as director general for political affairs at the Austrian Ministry for European and International Affairs. Prior to that position, from 2002–2008, he served the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union as director for the Balkans, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia. Previously, he was head of the Task Force for Western Balkans and Central Europe. He has held a number of other appointments in the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was a researcher at the Austrian Institute for International Politics.

Lehne’s work on issues of European foreign and security policy has been widely published in a number of academic journals, including Integration, the Austrian Journal of Political Science, and Europa Archiv. In addition, he has authored a number of monographs on the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe.

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  • Time for Strong New EU Leaders
    • Tuesday, June 04, 2019

    Time for Strong New EU Leaders

    As the EU prepares to replace its top officeholders, the union needs leaders who can confront bullying international actors, navigate through a turbulent political scene, and rebuild public trust in the European project.

  • The EU: In Stormy Seas
    • Thursday, July 26, 2018

    The EU: In Stormy Seas

    Populist and nationalist forces are preparing a major offensive to overturn European politics. The stakes could not be higher.

  • Merkel and Macron Need to Talk About EU Foreign Policy
    • Thursday, December 14, 2017

    Merkel and Macron Need to Talk About EU Foreign Policy

    Progress on European defense needs to go hand in hand with upgrading soft power. In this regard, the EU has not been up to the mark.

  • The EU Global Strategy, a Triumph of Hope Over Experience
    • Monday, July 04, 2016

    The EU Global Strategy, a Triumph of Hope Over Experience

    The centrifugal forces currently tearing at the EU may be too strong to allow for any meaningful strengthening of EU foreign policy. But that’s no reason not to try.

  • Toward a European Neighborhood Realpolitik?
    • Thursday, November 19, 2015

    Toward a European Neighborhood Realpolitik?

    The EU’s recent review of its European Neighborhood Policy offers a more realistic and practical approach to the union’s relations with its neighbors.

  • Five Regional Assessments of the Refugee Crisis
    • Tuesday, November 10, 2015

    Five Regional Assessments of the Refugee Crisis

    Five Carnegie Europe scholars discuss how the migration and refugee crisis is affecting different parts of the globe.

  • The OSCE From Confrontation to Cooperation and Back Again
    • Wednesday, July 29, 2015

    The OSCE From Confrontation to Cooperation and Back Again

    In crisis situations between the West and Russia, the OSCE offers a useful safety net to preserve a minimum level of stability. No other body could replace it.

  • Relaunching the European Neighborhood Policy
    • Friday, December 12, 2014

    Relaunching the European Neighborhood Policy

    The EU should abandon the concept of a single set of standards and instruments for all of its neighbors. It is time for a revolution in the European Neighborhood Policy.

  • Why Is It So Hard to Develop an Effective EU Foreign Policy?
    • Wednesday, May 29, 2013

    Why Is It So Hard to Develop an Effective EU Foreign Policy?

    The argument in favor of an effective EU foreign policy is impeded by formidable obstacles. But it remains valid, is gaining urgency, and finally needs to be taken seriously.

  • The Review of the European External Action Service in 2013
    • Wednesday, November 14, 2012

    The Review of the European External Action Service in 2013

    The review of the European External Action Service will offer an important first opportunity to assess the strengths and weaknesses of this new instrument, to address some of its shortcomings, and to give a new impetus to its further development.

Education

MA, International Relations, Fletcher School on Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University 
JD, University of Vienna

Languages
  • English
  • French
  • German
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