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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  • Europe and the United States Play Into Putin’s Hands
    • Thursday, January 06, 2022

    Europe and the United States Play Into Putin’s Hands

    Transatlantic disunity and a lack of strategy over how to deal with Russia’s ultimatum is placing Europe’s security architecture at risk. The West has no choice but to put up a strong united front.

  • Why Europe Must Boost Civil Society Support
    • Tuesday, December 21, 2021

    Why Europe Must Boost Civil Society Support

    Civil society is under attack in the EU’s neighborhood. To defend democracy, academic freedom, and independent thought, Europe should step up its assistance to repressed voices.*

  • Judy Asks: Is the EU Politically Committed to Its Eastern Partners?
    • Thursday, December 09, 2021

    Judy Asks: Is the EU Politically Committed to Its Eastern Partners?

    The EU’s Eastern Partnership has brought tangible benefits to its member countries but does not reflect today’s geopolitical realities. The approaching summit is a chance to tailor the initiative to partners’ diverging needs.

  • Russia and China Mobilize Transatlantic Partners
    • Tuesday, December 07, 2021

    Russia and China Mobilize Transatlantic Partners

    Together, the United States and Europe can modernize the post–1945 international order. This requires a strong commitment to democracy and the defense of the norms and values that define the West.

  • Germany’s New Government Upends the Status Quo
    • Thursday, November 25, 2021

    Germany’s New Government Upends the Status Quo

    A new coalition in Germany has ambitious plans to modernize a country that slipped into complacency and risk aversion. Its newfound energy could give the EU a much-needed impulse.

  • Judy Asks: Is Europe in Denial About Russia?
    • Thursday, November 18, 2021

    Judy Asks: Is Europe in Denial About Russia?

    Most European leaders are disillusioned with Russia. But continuing divisions inside the EU over how to deal with the Kremlin prevent a coherent Russia strategy and play into the hands of Putin.

  • Lukashenko Uses Migrants to Exploit Europe’s Vulnerability
    • Tuesday, November 09, 2021

    Lukashenko Uses Migrants to Exploit Europe’s Vulnerability

    The EU has been slow and irresolute in stopping Minsk from using migrants as a hybrid weapon to weaken the bloc. A migration and asylum policy—not a fortress Europe—is the answer.

  • The West Cannot Rescue Arms Control Alone
    • Tuesday, November 02, 2021

    The West Cannot Rescue Arms Control Alone

    The global arms control regime is disintegrating. To reverse this trend, Europe and the United States will have to find a way to engage both Russia and China.

  • Judy Asks: Is Europe’s Energy Crisis Self-Inflicted?
    • Thursday, October 28, 2021

    Judy Asks: Is Europe’s Energy Crisis Self-Inflicted?

    Europe is facing soaring gas prices. To avoid further crises, the EU should speed up its transition to renewables, reduce dependence on Russia, and formulate a coherent energy policy.

  • Why Northern Ireland Matters for Europe
    • Tuesday, October 19, 2021

    Why Northern Ireland Matters for Europe

    Because of Brexit, a peace accord that ended decades of conflict in Northern Ireland is hanging by a thread. The stability of this part of Europe depends on the EU and Britain finding a compromise.

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