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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  • Europe Must Grow Up and Stop Moaning About Trump
    • Tuesday, October 20, 2020

    Europe Must Grow Up and Stop Moaning About Trump

    No matter who sits in the White House come January 2021, Europe must grow up and take responsibility to rebuild multilateralism, fix the transatlantic relationship, and revive arms control.

  • Judy Asks: Can the United States Regain Its Global Leadership?
    • Thursday, October 15, 2020

    Judy Asks: Can the United States Regain Its Global Leadership?

    The world is in desperate need of American leadership. But what should America’s allies and competitors expect from the next U.S. president? Here are Carnegie’s views from China, Europe, India, Lebanon, Russia, and the United States.

  • The EU’s Ambiguous Fight for the Rule of Law
    • Tuesday, October 06, 2020

    The EU’s Ambiguous Fight for the Rule of Law

    The European Commission’s new report on the rule of law fails in three areas. To fight corruption and the abuse of power, the EU must use funds and sanctions strategically.

  • Judy Asks: Is Peace Possible Between Armenia and Azerbaijan?
    • Thursday, October 01, 2020

    Judy Asks: Is Peace Possible Between Armenia and Azerbaijan?

    Armenia and Azerbaijan are blaming each other for the latest surge of violence over Nagorny Karabakh. The consequences for the region are unpredictable, but much will depend on the intentions of Russia and Turkey.

  • How the Citizens of Belarus and Bulgaria Are Held Hostage
    • Tuesday, September 22, 2020

    How the Citizens of Belarus and Bulgaria Are Held Hostage

    The European Union’s commitment to democratic values are close to shatters as Cyprus and the European People’s Party contribute to keeping autocratic or corrupt leaders in power.

  • Judy Asks: Would Coalitions of the Willing Strengthen EU Foreign Policy?
    • Thursday, September 17, 2020

    Judy Asks: Would Coalitions of the Willing Strengthen EU Foreign Policy?

    The unanimity rule on EU foreign policy often has a debilitating impact on Europe’s ability to act in a robust and united way on the world stage and in its neighborhood.

  • Europe Divided Over Belarus’s Future
    • Tuesday, September 08, 2020

    Europe Divided Over Belarus’s Future

    The people of Belarus are peacefully demonstrating for their freedom. The EU’s member states, along with the United States, should do much more to support them.

  • Judy Asks: Is NATO Paralyzed Over the Greece-Turkey Conflict?
    • Thursday, September 03, 2020

    Judy Asks: Is NATO Paralyzed Over the Greece-Turkey Conflict?

    Tensions are rising dangerously in the Eastern Mediterranean between Greece and Turkey, two members of NATO. But can the world’s most powerful military alliance do anything to de-escalate the crisis?

  • Germany’s Role in Belarus and Russia
    • Tuesday, August 25, 2020

    Germany’s Role in Belarus and Russia

    Angela Merkel, in her last stint as German chancellor, can still make a major difference for her country’s—and Europe’s—policy toward Belarus and Russia.

  • Judy Asks: What Is Europe’s Best Way Forward for Belarus?
    • Thursday, August 20, 2020

    Judy Asks: What Is Europe’s Best Way Forward for Belarus?

    Because of Russia, the EU will choose to thread carefully in its reaction to the tumultuous events taking place in Belarus. Moscow will remain the decisive player as the United States stays on the sidelines.

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