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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  • Judy Asks: Will the Afghanistan Debacle Change Your Country’s Foreign and Security Policy?
    • Thursday, September 16, 2021

    Judy Asks: Will the Afghanistan Debacle Change Your Country’s Foreign and Security Policy?

    The chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan has left European capitals skeptical about such missions and critical of American leadership. The debacle should lead to frank discussions about NATO’s role and the EU’s defense ambitions.

  • Germany’s Vote Should Set the Pace for Europe
    • Tuesday, September 14, 2021

    Germany’s Vote Should Set the Pace for Europe

    This German federal election is crucial for Europe’s future. Angela Merkel’s successor has the choice of leading Europe toward more integration and strategic relevance or abetting its gradual, inexorable decline.

  • Afghanistan Will Not Make Europe a Defense Player
    • Tuesday, September 07, 2021

    Afghanistan Will Not Make Europe a Defense Player

    Blaming NATO and the United States for the West’s failure in Afghanistan won’t help Europe establish a credible security and defense policy. Its continued absence leaves the EU’s citizens and neighborhoods vulnerable.

  • Judy Asks: Should the West Talk to the Taliban?
    • Thursday, September 02, 2021

    Judy Asks: Should the West Talk to the Taliban?

    Western governments must be clear that any eventual engagement with the Taliban will have strict conditions, including respect for women’s rights. Speaking to the Taliban leadership should not be equated with legitimizing the new regime.

  • What Afghanistan Should Mean for Europe
    • Tuesday, August 24, 2021

    What Afghanistan Should Mean for Europe

    The fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban lays bare Europe’s lack of strategic foresight and dangerous dependence on the United States. The EU must address its shortcomings or risk losing the ability to defend its values and interests.

  • Europe’s Looming Unpredictable Autumn
    • Thursday, July 22, 2021

    Europe’s Looming Unpredictable Autumn

    There will be no respite when European leaders return from a summer break punctuated by floods, cyber attacks, coronavirus, and challenges to the EU’s rule of law. All the more reason for them to explain to citizens what is at stake for Europe’s future.*

  • What Are You Reading?
    • Tuesday, July 20, 2021

    What Are You Reading?

    Most of us spent much of the past year working from home and participating in virtual seminars. To help you unwind in the summer months, Carnegie Europe’s friends and colleagues share their favorite reads, podcasts, and films. We hope you enjoy the selection.

  • The Europe Angela Merkel Leaves Behind
    • Thursday, July 15, 2021

    The Europe Angela Merkel Leaves Behind

    Chancellor Merkel’s last official visit to the White House holds a special political significance. President Biden has placed human rights and rule of law at the top of his agenda, just as these values are under attack from within and outside Europe.

  • What Are You Reading?
    • Tuesday, July 13, 2021

    What Are You Reading?

    Most of us spent much of the past year working from home and participating in virtual seminars. To help you unwind in the summer months, Carnegie Europe’s friends and colleagues share their favorite reads, podcasts, and films. We hope you enjoy the selection.

  • What Are You Reading?
    • Tuesday, July 06, 2021

    What Are You Reading?

    Most of us spent much of the past year working from home and participating in virtual seminars. To help you unwind in the summer months, Carnegie Europe’s friends and colleagues share their favorite reads, podcasts, and films. We hope you enjoy the selection.

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