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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  • Taking on Somalia's Pirates, on Land
    • Thursday, April 12, 2012

    Taking on Somalia's Pirates, on Land

    Europe's decision to pursue pirates on land is no substitute for a long term strategy for the Horn of Africa.

  • Judy Asks: Will the Euro Crisis Lead to Political Union?
    • Wednesday, April 11, 2012

    Judy Asks: Will the Euro Crisis Lead to Political Union?

    Every week leading experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the international challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world.

  • Why Turkey Needs Britain Inside the EU
    • Thursday, April 05, 2012

    Why Turkey Needs Britain Inside the EU

    Among EU members, Britain is its most loyal ally. The problem is that Britain, to its own detriment, has lost its influence in Brussels.

  • Talking to Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj
    • Monday, April 02, 2012

    Talking to Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj

    With its functioning multi-party democracy and significant mineral deposits Mongolia has become strategically important, but the country's president knows he has to improve the country's poor reputation when it comes to corruption.

  • Poland Needs a More Active Germany
    • Thursday, March 29, 2012

    Poland Needs a More Active Germany

    Germany still needs to realize that a coordinated approach with Poland on EU foreign and defense policy would also serve its own interests.

  • Time to Bury Nabucco
    • Monday, March 26, 2012

    Time to Bury Nabucco

    The energy landscape in Europe and the United States has fundamentally changed since the Nabucco gas pipeline was first proposed and it is time for the EU to ditch Nabucco.

  • 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.

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