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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  • Macron’s One-Way Street to Russia
    • Wednesday, February 19, 2020

    Macron’s One-Way Street to Russia

    France wants a “reset” of relations with Russia, in which values are downplayed and Russia doesn’t have to deliver much in return.

  • Europe’s Unfinished (Western) Transformation
    • Sunday, February 16, 2020

    Europe’s Unfinished (Western) Transformation

    Competing visions about what the European Union should become will either weaken or strengthen the West.

  • It’s Technology, Not “Westlessness” That Matters
    • Saturday, February 15, 2020

    It’s Technology, Not “Westlessness” That Matters

    The West will thrive only if its leaders embrace and learn to harness technology and digitalization in order to strengthen democracy.

  • Judy Asks: Can the West Regain Its Influence?
    • Saturday, February 15, 2020

    Judy Asks: Can the West Regain Its Influence?

    The theme of the 2020 Munich Security Conference, “Westlessness,” reflects the crisis facing the West and the decline of the post-1945, Western-led multilateral order. But can it be reversed?

  • American Views on China and the West
    • Saturday, February 15, 2020

    American Views on China and the West

    The Europeans should stop writing off the West and instead worry about China, Russia, and other illiberal regimes.

  • Germany Finds a New Voice in Munich
    • Friday, February 14, 2020

    Germany Finds a New Voice in Munich

    Keeping Europe united, keeping the transatlantic relationship strong, and keeping the values of the West depends much on Germany.

  • The West’s Power of Attraction
    • Thursday, February 13, 2020

    The West’s Power of Attraction

    The West is not in good shape, but its ability to survive, adapt, and inspire are strengths that need to be recognized and exploited.

  • Germany’s Unwelcome Leadership Gap
    • Tuesday, February 11, 2020

    Germany’s Unwelcome Leadership Gap

    The far right is creating a serious leadership crisis for Germany and the rest of Europe. The next CDU leader will need strategy, stamina, and charisma to stop the rise of the AfD.

  • No Excuses for Europe After Brexit
    • Tuesday, February 04, 2020

    No Excuses for Europe After Brexit

    For the European Union to become a global player without Britain, there must be a major shift of alliances and direction inside the bloc.

  • Judy Asks: Should Europe Ban Huawei’s 5G?
    • Thursday, January 30, 2020

    Judy Asks: Should Europe Ban Huawei’s 5G?

    The United States has repeatedly warned its allies that their security could be compromised if they sign up to Huawei’s 5G networks. The EU countries are deeply divided over the issue.

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