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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  • How to Deal with Belarus?
    • Thursday, March 22, 2012

    How to Deal with Belarus?

    With sanctions allowing Russia to increase its influence in Belarus, the EU may need to adopt a more sophisticated, step-by-step approach to this small European country.

  • Sarkozy and Schengen
    • Monday, March 19, 2012

    Sarkozy and Schengen

    As globalization marches on and Europe grows dependent on bringing in young, mobile, and educated people, the EU’s strategy should be focused on making Schengen more flexible.

  • Red Faces at NATO
    • Thursday, March 15, 2012

    Red Faces at NATO

    The discovery that NATO’s top commander had been the target of a fake Facebook profile highlights the need for NATO to reconcile its obsession with security and its need to communicate to a wider public.

  • Negotiations with Iran: Buying Time, but for Whom?
    • Monday, March 12, 2012

    Negotiations with Iran: Buying Time, but for Whom?

    The renewal of talks on Iran’s nuclear program is about buying time. The big question is who needs breathing space the most.

  • Putin's Victory: Business as Usual?
    • Thursday, March 08, 2012

    Putin's Victory: Business as Usual?

    The political space is slowly opening in Russia and now is the time for Germany and others to use it.

  • The Hunt for Rare Earth Metals
    • Monday, March 05, 2012

    The Hunt for Rare Earth Metals

    Consumer awareness and the flow of information in the globalized economy could help shape a Europe-wide rare earth strategy that could have a positive impact on authoritarian regimes.

  • Europe's Arms Trade
    • Thursday, March 01, 2012

    Europe's Arms Trade

    As long as politicians remain complacent about the moral and political problems caused by arms exports, Europe’s companies will simply carry on with business.

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