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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  • Why the Europeans Don’t Have a Russia Policy
    • Tuesday, February 23, 2021

    Why the Europeans Don’t Have a Russia Policy

    The leaders of the EU’s institutions and member governments need Germany to shape a strategic policy toward Russia. But Chancellor Angela Merkel is not prepared to take on this task.

  • Judy Asks: Is the Arctic Europe’s Next Headache?
    • Thursday, February 18, 2021

    Judy Asks: Is the Arctic Europe’s Next Headache?

    Europe will have to juggle environmental concerns, access to resources, and the Arctic’s growing geostrategic role. This will require cooperation with all the major players, including China, if the region is to remain stable and peaceful.

  • Why the European Union Cannot Do Foreign Policy
    • Tuesday, February 09, 2021

    Why the European Union Cannot Do Foreign Policy

    Josep Borrell’s trip to Moscow confirmed the miserable state of European foreign policy, which lacks strategy and direction. Starting with Germany, member states need to think beyond their own national interests.

  • Judy Asks: Is the EU Willing to Defend Human Rights Globally?
    • Thursday, February 04, 2021

    Judy Asks: Is the EU Willing to Defend Human Rights Globally?

    The EU has approved a new global human rights sanctions regime. But will national interests continue to prevent the union from effectively protecting people in places like Belarus, China, and Russia?

  • The Baltic States Rally for Change in Belarus and Russia
    • Tuesday, January 26, 2021

    The Baltic States Rally for Change in Belarus and Russia

    Smaller EU countries are punching above their weight in defending values and supporting pro-democracy forces in the EU’s neighborhood. They are preparing for the day after in Minsk and Moscow.

  • Judy Asks: Is the EU Too Soft on Putin?
    • Thursday, January 21, 2021

    Judy Asks: Is the EU Too Soft on Putin?

    The poisoning of Alexei Navalny and his detention in Moscow should spur the EU into finally adopting a tough and united strategy toward the Russia of President Vladimir Putin.

  • Europe’s Weak Defense of Its Democracy
    • Tuesday, January 12, 2021

    Europe’s Weak Defense of Its Democracy

    The storming of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of Donald Trump should be enough of a warning. EU leaders must speak up about the fragility of their own democracy and democratic institutions in Europe.

  • Judy Asks: Is the EU-China Deal a Mistake?
    • Thursday, January 07, 2021

    Judy Asks: Is the EU-China Deal a Mistake?

    The EU’s new investment deal with China robs the bloc of leverage, contradicts its policy of working closely with the United States on Beijing, and makes a mockery of Europe’s commitment to values.

  • Why Germany’s Soldiers Are Denied Armed Drones
    • Tuesday, January 05, 2021

    Why Germany’s Soldiers Are Denied Armed Drones

    The German Social Democrats are undermining both the safety of Germany’s armed forces abroad and Berlin’s reputation among allies by picking a fight over armed drones.

  • The Coronavirus Vaccine Is a Chance for Europe’s Soft Power in Africa
    • Thursday, December 17, 2020

    The Coronavirus Vaccine Is a Chance for Europe’s Soft Power in Africa

    The rollout of coronavirus vaccines across Europe is imminent. But the EU should seize the opportunity to also share the vaccines with Africa, which would boost mutual trust and the EU’s soft power.

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