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.

  • Berlin
    Strategic Europe April 8, 2014
    The Dangers of German Strategic Haplessness

    Germany owes much of its strength to the fact that the country is embedded into the West. Germans should remember that and eschew any temptations of neutrality.

  • Europe
    Op-Ed European Leadership Network April 7, 2014
    Europe’s Neighborhood Policy is in Trouble, but Not Beyond Saving

    The European Neighborhood Policy needs some serious technical and political reforms if the EU wants to turn its only tool for its neighborhood into a good one.

  • soldiers
    Strategic Europe April 1, 2014
    EU Defense Finally Means Business

    On April 1, the EU unveiled its latest big idea. As governments are unwilling to invest in military matters, European defense will now be provided by big business.

  • Ukraine
    Strategic Europe March 25, 2014
    Be Prepared to Play the Long Game on Ukraine

    The West has limited options for dealing with Russian interference in Ukraine. The best way forward may be to accept permanent low-intensity rivalry with Moscow.

  • Ukraine
    Strategic Europe March 18, 2014
    Ukraine, the Birthplace of Strategic Europe?

    The EU has shown rare unity on Ukraine. That is not a triumph of values over interests, as some have claimed—it is a victory for long-term over short-term thinking.

  • doctor
    Strategic Europe March 11, 2014
    Patient Europe’s Problem of the Heart

    Europe should be in great shape, but isn’t. The diagnosis? She is lacking the self-confidence and the get-up-and-go that she needs to survive in the big wide world.

  • Ukraine
    Strategic Europe March 4, 2014
    Europe’s Five Deadly Sins on Ukraine

    The EU committed a series of strategic blunders in the way it dealt with Ukraine. Europe’s leaders need to learn from those mistakes and avoid repeating them in the future.

  • Arab Spring
    Other Publications IP Journal February 27, 2014
    What if the EU Had Reacted Strategically to the Arab Spring?

    The EU’s response to the Arab Spring is seen as one of the bloc’s great missed opportunities. Yet a more serious approach would have had the strongest impact in Europe itself.

  • Russia
    Strategic Europe February 25, 2014 Français
    How Ukraine Destroyed the Myth of Russia’s Great Power

    Regardless of how the ongoing crisis in Ukraine unfolds, one thing is clear: it has exposed Russia as a declining power masquerading behind insubstantial posturing.

  • EU
    Strategic Europe February 18, 2014
    The Great European Battle Between Necessity and Identity

    The EU is facing a serious dilemma: how to reconcile the need for more integration with a growing sense of lost national identity. The answer is more democracy.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Rasmussen; NATO
    September 19, 2013 Brussels
    NATO: Ready, Robust, Rebalanced

    NATO is under pressure to define its future role. To do so, the Alliance must find answers to questions about its capabilities, global outlook, and transatlantic solidarity.

  • Merkel; Germany
    September 11, 2013 Brussels
    Unfinished Business: Merkel’s Germany and Europe’s Future

    The German federal election will have enormous repercussions for Europe as, regardless of the election outcome, the Chancellor will have to deal with major challenges.

  • Ivo Daalder; Jan Techau
    June 17, 2013 Cercle Royal Gaulois, Rue de la Loi 5, 1000 Brussels
    Renewed Ambitions for NATO

    Marking the end of his tenure as U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO, Ambassador Ivo H. Daalder discussed some of the key challenges facing the Alliance.

  • May 22, 2013 Beijing
    NATO’s New Strategic Concept and Sino-NATO Relations

    China’s relations with NATO are still weak, but common interests and global threats can lead to deepening cooperation and engagement in the future.

  • Jan Techau and Dmitri Trenin
    March 27, 2013 Moscow Русский
    Germany’s Changing Role in a Changing Europe

    The latest developments connected to the financial crisis in the EU have only further underlined the need for a leader within the European community. Many believe that Germany is the one who should take up this mantle. To do so, however, Germans have to come to terms with their difficult history.

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