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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  • Is Libya Merkel’s Legacy?
    • Tuesday, January 21, 2020

    Is Libya Merkel’s Legacy?

    The efforts to end the war in Libya is a test of German leadership. It might even be the beginning of a new role for Germany, which can no longer afford to let others do the diplomacy and the fighting.

  • Judy Asks: Should NATO Stay Away From the Middle East?
    • Thursday, January 16, 2020

    Judy Asks: Should NATO Stay Away From the Middle East?

    A selection of experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world.

  • Europe’s Dangerous Irrelevance in Washington and the Middle East
    • Tuesday, January 07, 2020

    Europe’s Dangerous Irrelevance in Washington and the Middle East

    The Europeans have neither the political will nor military means to contain the fallout of the assassination of Iranian Quds Force leader Qassem Soleimani.

  • A Post-Brexit Europe in a New Decade
    • Thursday, December 19, 2019

    A Post-Brexit Europe in a New Decade

    Boris Johnson’s sweeping election victory brings clarity for Britain but not for Europe as it enters a decade of major geostrategic shifts.

  • Judy Asks: Can Europe Stand Up to China?
    • Thursday, December 12, 2019

    Judy Asks: Can Europe Stand Up to China?

    A selection of experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world.

  • The Three Unresolved Issues of NATO
    • Thursday, December 05, 2019

    The Three Unresolved Issues of NATO

    NATO leaders have fundamentally different views about terrorism, Russia, and European security. Dealing with these challenges will determine the alliance’s future direction.

  • Judy Asks: Is NATO Brain-Dead?
    • Thursday, November 28, 2019

    Judy Asks: Is NATO Brain-Dead?

    A selection of experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world.

  • NATO Needs a German Voice Now
    • Tuesday, November 26, 2019

    NATO Needs a German Voice Now

    Hold your breath! The American and French presidents’ provocative views on NATO are good for the alliance—provided Germany starts acting strategically.

  • Macron Challenges Europe’s Self-Denial
    • Tuesday, November 12, 2019

    Macron Challenges Europe’s Self-Denial

    By calling NATO brain-dead, President Macron has ruffled feathers across Europe in the hope of injecting a strategic culture. The takers have been few, the criticism loud, the feedback minimal.

  • Judy Asks: Is Post-1989 Europe Building Walls?
    • Thursday, November 07, 2019

    Judy Asks: Is Post-1989 Europe Building Walls?

    A selection of experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world.

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