Youngs is an expert on the foreign policy of the European Union, in particular on questions of democracy support.
Richard Youngs is a senior fellow in the Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program, based at Carnegie Europe. He works on EU foreign policy and on issues of international democracy.
Youngs is also a professor of international relations at the University of Warwick. Prior to joining Carnegie in July 2013, he was the director of the European think tank FRIDE. He has held positions in the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and as an EU Marie Curie fellow. He was a senior fellow at the Transatlantic Academy in Washington, DC, from 2012 to 2013.
Youngs has authored thirteen books. His most recent works are Civic Activism Unleashed: New Hope or False Dawn for Democracy? (Oxford University Press, 2019), Europe Reset: New Directions for the EU (I.B. Tauris, 2017), and Europe’s Eastern Crisis: The Geopolitics of Asymmetry (Cambridge University Press, 2017).
The EU needs to decide whether democracy support is core to how it defines its geostrategic interests. This will determine whether its new democracy strategy can reverse the union’s creeping democratic passivity.
The EU needs to develop a far wider internal democracy strategy if it is to have any hope of unblocking Europe’s authoritarian trends.
The U.S. president’s decisive turn away from democracy and human rights support will have a major impact on EU strategic interests. Yet European leaders have failed to respond to this geopolitical shift.
As it intensifies, the Catalan crisis will have wider ramifications for EU politics. One crucial element revolves around the state of European democracy.
Dialogue between Brussels and Minsk has intensified, but the ongoing rapprochement does not represent a sufficiently strategic or comprehensive policy.
As the European Endowment for Democracy becomes an established actor in democracy support, it will face tricky challenges and will need to recalibrate its activities.
EU member states must work hard to turn the union’s new action plan on democracy and human rights into a platform for more effective democracy support.
The case of Armenia shows the EU’s willingness to adjust its basic neighborhood model. But this adjustment alone does not solve the EU’s most important challenges.
Tunisia has made progress in its journey to democracy, but many obstacles remain. The international community must keep its focus on the country’s unfinished transition.
In its relations with Egypt, the EU should focus on four major challenges: protection of civil society, parliamentary elections, economic engagement, and political Islam.