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). Dempsey is also the recipient of the 2021 Ernest Udina Prize to the European Trajectory, awarded by the European Journalists Association in Catalonia.

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  • Ukraine Exposes Europe’s Competing Narratives About Russia
    • Tuesday, October 04, 2022

    Ukraine Exposes Europe’s Competing Narratives About Russia

    Russia’s brutal war in Ukraine has exposed European countries’ diverging views of Moscow. These fissures will affect the EU’s policies toward Ukraine and Russia.

  • Judy Asks: Can Putin Be Stopped?
    • 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.

  • Why Ukraine Must Win
    • 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.

  • Judy Asks: Is the EU Too Soft on Hungary?
    • 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.

  • Gorbachev’s Legacies
    • 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.

  • Judy Asks: Is NATO Doing Anything for Ukraine?
    • 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.

  • Europe Heads Into a Rocky Autumn
    • 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.

  • Europe’s Continued Commitment to Ukraine Hinges on Germany
    • 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.*

  • What Are You Reading?
    • 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.

  • What Are You Reading?
    • 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.

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