Jan Techau

Carnegie Europe
Techau is the director of Carnegie Europe, the European center of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Techau works on EU integration and foreign policy, transatlantic affairs, and German foreign and security policy.


MA, Christian-Albrechts University, Kiel 
Exchange Fellowship, Pennsylvania State University 


English; German


Jan Techau is the director of Carnegie Europe, the European think tank of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Techau works on EU integration and foreign policy, transatlantic affairs, and German foreign and security policy.

Before joining Carnegie in March 2011, Techau served in the NATO Defense College’s Research Division from February 2010 until February 2011. He was director of the Alfred von Oppenheim Center for European Policy Studies at the German Council on Foreign Relations in Berlin between 2006 and 2010, and from 2001 to 2006 he served at the German Ministry of Defense’s Press and Information Department.

Techau is an associate scholar at the Center for European Policy Analysis and an associate fellow at both the German Council on Foreign Relations and the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies. He is a regular contributor to German and international news media and writes a weekly column for Judy Dempsey’s Strategic Europe blog.

  • Strategic Europe November 11, 2014
    European Exhaustion, or: The Lessons of 1918

    November 11, 1918, marked not only the end of World War I but also the beginning of Europe’s great exhaustion. The impact of that can still be felt today.

  • Eurasia Outlook November 10, 2014
    Why Nations Don’t Fail

    Over the next few years, the European Union will have to revamp its neighborhood policies completely. The ambition is not only to prevent state failure, but to help build functional political systems that can strive economically, provide essential services, guard individual freedoms, and maintain social peace.

  • Strategic Europe November 4, 2014
    The Eerie Silence Before the EU Reform Storm

    The current combination of challenges facing the EU is extreme, even by the union’s crisis-ridden standards. That calls for an equally momentous reform effort.

  • Strategic Europe October 28, 2014
    The Right Kind of German Leadership for Europe

    Germany needs to redevelop a clear idea of where it wants the European Union to be, and it needs to start building alliances to work toward that objective.

  • Other Publications October 28, 2014
    A New Ambition for Europe: A Memo to the European Union Foreign Policy Chief

    Four experts assess the most pressing issues awaiting the incoming EU foreign policy chief and propose a new strategy for turning Europe into a more effective global actor.

  • Strategic Europe October 21, 2014 Русский
    Four Reasons Why European Foreign Policy Sleeps

    Despite a range of challenges and threats, EU member states show little sign of developing a robust, unified foreign policy anytime soon. Four major weaknesses are to blame.

  • Neighborhood
    Op-Ed Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik e.V. October 7, 2014
    What If Europeans Had Made Truly Ambitious Commitments After the Arab Spring?

    The EU’s response to the Arab Spring was a missed opportunity for the shaping of EU foreign policy. That would have been the case even if the EU had met its original strategy.

  • Strategic Europe October 7, 2014
    Welcome to the Bubble, Mrs. Mogherini

    The EU machinery suffers from a culture of nonexecutive nonchalance. That may well be the biggest stumbling block for the union’s incoming foreign policy supremo.

  • Strategic Europe September 30, 2014
    A Battle Plan for NATO’s New Secretary General

    NATO’s new boss, Jens Stoltenberg, enters office at a crucial time of strategic positioning for the alliance. He has a number of difficult tasks ahead of him.

  • Strategic Europe September 23, 2014
    The West’s Negative Downward Spiral Psycho Trap

    Many voices have lamented the West’s impending decline. That apprehension is misplaced, as the decline is imagined: the only thing the West has to fear is fear itself.

  • European Parliament
    Euronews January 9, 2014
    “Revolutionary Political Reform” Needed as European Union Faces Crucial Year

    2014 will be a decisive year for Europe’s future. What the EU needs is a revolutionary political reform that can bring European citizens back on board.

  • European Union
    EU Watcher November 26, 2013
    We Are No Longer the Coolest Dudes on the Planet

    Since the Berlin Wall fell, Europe has been battling to keep the twentieth-century continent alive in the twenty-first. In years to come, the EU will have to make some big decisions.

  • Polskie Radio June 17, 2013
    Does the Eurozone Have a Future?

    Although there is still great concern for the eurozone, the discourse has moved from predicting an immediate downfall a year ago to discussing the necessity of economic reform in the continent.

  • Voice of Russia November 21, 2012
    Is UK Heading for Divorce With the EU?

    The EU budget approval summit may be one of the EU’s most bitter fights in years, but there are far more complex and deeply hidden issues on which EU members cannot agree.

  • China Radio International July 4, 2012
    The Future of Euro Still Faces Great Uncertainties

    With the Greek election handing power to a pro-bailout party and EU leaders agreeing to directly extend 100 billion euros in bailout funds to Spanish banks, the eurozone has been granted some much needed respite. But a solution to the crisis remains elusive.

  • EU
    Voice of Russia June 29, 2012
    More Integration to Fight EU's Feebleness

    Europeans have to decide whether they want more integration, which would include a common currency and economic space and the political union that needs to come with that, or national sovereignty.

  • European Union
    November 20, 2014 Brussels, Silken Berlaymont Brussels Hotel
    A New Ambition for Europe

    With a new EU foreign policy high representative coming into office, it is high time for the EU to become the strategic actor it has set out to be.

  • Rasmussen; NATO
    September 15, 2014 Bibliothèque Solvay, Brussels
    In Conversation With NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen

    As NATO faces multiple security challenges—from a revisionist Russia in the East to Islamic extremism in the South—it is time for a real strategic debate.

  • NATO
    September 5, 2014 NATO Summit Wales, Newport, United Kingdom
    Carnegie Europe Live From the NATO Summit in Wales

    Carnegie Europe was on the ground at the NATO summit in Wales on September 4–5, giving our readers exclusive access to the high-level discussions as they unfold.

  • NATO
    July 3, 2014 Brussels
    NATO: In Search of a New Narrative

    It is time for NATO members to engage in a real strategic debate about why defense matters and what must be done to uphold both the transatlantic relationship and its values.

  • Sikorski; Techau; Dempsey
    May 12, 2014 Brussels, Hotel Silken Berlaymont
    EU Security Amid Crisis in Ukraine

    Recent events in Ukraine have been a stark reminder of the perennially fragile nature of stability and peace in Europe.

  • Turkey; Police
    April 14, 2014 Brussels
    Closing Space: Democracy and Human Rights Support Under Fire

    International support for democracy and human rights faces a serious challenge after its increased influence in the last decades.

  • Egypt
    March 25, 2014 Brussels
    The Battle for Pluralism in the Arab World

    Arab citizens long for freedom and opportunity. Only through the painstaking process of constructing an Arab world defined by pluralism and tolerance can this dream be realized.

  • Rouhani; Iran
    March 10, 2014 Brussels
    Tehran Calling: A New Direction for Iran?

    Iran’s new president has paved the way for improved relations with the West. Now, the West must determine whether Iran’s changed rhetoric signals the start of a new direction.

  • European Union
    January 21, 2014 Brussels
    Europe’s Uncertain Foreign Policy Legacy

    The European Union is mired in the worst crisis it has seen for many decades. This threatens to undercut the EU’s ambitions to develop a coherent and active foreign policy.

  • Turkey; Gezi
    September 25, 2013 Brussels
    Beyond the Ballot Box: Advancing Democracy in Turkey

    The increasingly authoritarian practices and restrictions on individual freedoms in Turkey are at odds with the ruling Justice and Development Party’s stated objective of establishing an advanced democracy.

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