Judy Dempsey

Nonresident Senior Fellow
Carnegie Europe
Editor in chief
Strategic Europe

Dempsey is a nonresident senior fellow at Carnegie Europe and editor in chief of Strategic Europe.

Judy Dempsey is a nonresident senior fellow at Carnegie Europe and editor in chief of the Strategic Europe blog. She is also the author of the book The Merkel Phenomenon (Das Phänomen Merkel, Körber-Stiftung Edition, 2013).

She worked for the International Herald Tribune from 2004 to 2011 as its Germany and East European Correspondent and from 2011 to September 2013 as columnist. Dempsey was the diplomatic correspondent for the Financial Times in Brussels from 2001 onward, covering NATO and European Union enlargement. Between 1990 and 2001, she served as Jerusalem bureau chief (1996–2001), Berlin correspondent (1992–1996), and Eastern European correspondent in London (1990–1992) for the Financial Times. During the 1980s, Dempsey reported on Central and Eastern Europe for the Financial Times, the Irish Times, and the Economist.

Dempsey graduated from Trinity College, Dublin, where she studied history and political science. She has contributed to several books on Eastern Europe, including Developments in Central and East European Politics (Palgrave Macmillan and Duke University Press, 2007) and The Soviet Union and Eastern Europe: A Handbook (Frederick Muller Ltd, 1985).

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  • Wrecking a Summit: Poland, Israel, and the Past
    • Tuesday, February 19, 2019

    Wrecking a Summit: Poland, Israel, and the Past

    Benjamin Netanyahu didn’t do himself or his country any favors by accusing Poles of cooperating with the Germans during the Holocaust.

  • Misplaced Nostalgia for the Old West
    • Sunday, February 17, 2019

    Misplaced Nostalgia for the Old West

    This year’s Munich Security Conference ended as it begun: a bickering West reluctant to address the new geostrategic realities.

  • Judy Asks: Is the West Up to the Job?
    • Sunday, February 17, 2019

    Judy Asks: Is the West Up to the Job?

    Diplomats, parliamentarians, and experts at the 2019 Munich Security Conference weigh in on the future of global leadership.

  • Russia Watches Transatlantic Discord
    • Saturday, February 16, 2019

    Russia Watches Transatlantic Discord

    In a time of transatlantic uncertainty, any further divergence between Europe and the United States becomes a net win for Russia.

  • Merkel Comes to Town, and How
    • Saturday, February 16, 2019

    Merkel Comes to Town, and How

    The German chancellor discarded caution, discarded her notes, and discarded diplomatic niceties.

  • American Value and European Values
    • Friday, February 15, 2019

    American Value and European Values

    The differences between NATO allies seem to be about intentions, outcomes, and the meaning of values.

  • The European Blame Game
    • Friday, February 15, 2019

    The European Blame Game

    This year’s Munich Security Conference will expose the increasing drift of the EU, perhaps even more than the transatlantic rift.

  • Europe and the End of the INF Treaty
    • Tuesday, February 05, 2019

    Europe and the End of the INF Treaty

    Washington’s decision to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty represents the end of the post-Cold war era and America’s new strategic priorities.

  • Judy Asks: Is NATO Deterrence a Paper Tiger?
    • Thursday, January 31, 2019

    Judy Asks: Is NATO Deterrence a Paper Tiger?

    A selection of experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world.

  • What Franco-German Engine?
    • Tuesday, January 22, 2019

    What Franco-German Engine?

    Berlin and Paris are no longer providing the leadership Europe urgently needs to adapt to global, geostrategic shifts.

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