Judy Dempsey

Nonresident Senior Associate
Carnegie Europe
Editor in chief
Strategic Europe
Dempsey is a nonresident senior associate at Carnegie Europe and editor in chief of Strategic Europe.


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Judy Dempsey is a nonresident senior associate 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).

  • 2014
    Strategic Europe December 19, 2014
    Happy Holidays from Strategic Europe!

    At the end of a tumultuous year, Strategic Europe takes a moment to thank our readers for your inspiration, support, and engagement.

  • Transatlantic
    Strategic Europe December 19, 2014
    Entering 2015, Europe Is Losing America

    2014 was the year in which most European leaders treated the transatlantic relationship with benign neglect for which they will pay dearly.

  • Merkel
    Strategic Europe December 18, 2014
    Merkel’s (and Europe’s) Foreign Policy at the Crossroads

    If European leaders weaken their sanctions on Russia, they will destroy any chance of doing foreign policy and strategy.

  • Strategic Europe December 17, 2014
    Judy Asks: Who Led Europe in 2014?

    Every week, a selection of leading experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world.

  • Strategic Europe December 15, 2014
    Europe, the CIA, and Torture

    If European countries are to have any credibility in defending human rights, they should go public over their role in collaborating with the CIA on torture.

  • Strategic Europe December 11, 2014
    Germany Is Europe’s New Front Line

    European leaders need to set out a new strategy for dealing with Russia and Eastern Europe. Germany holds the key to both.

  • Strategic Europe December 10, 2014
    Judy Asks: Should the EU Have an Energy Union?

    Every week, a selection of leading experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world.

  • Strategic Europe December 8, 2014
    Time to End the EU-NATO Standoff

    Despite the serious implications of the Ukraine crisis, Cyprus and Turkey have imposed persistent obstacles to EU-NATO cooperation. It is time to break the deadlock.

  • Moldova
    Op-Ed The Moscow Times December 4, 2014
    Moldova Is Next Battleground for Russia and EU

    Moldova has become part of a geostrategic competition between Brussels and Moscow. Russia will be determined not to let the country slip away from its influence.

  • Strategic Europe December 4, 2014
    Europe’s Energy Strategy and South Stream’s Demise

    The European Union has an opportunity to increase diversification, transparency, and security across the energy sector. It should seize that chance.

  • Germany
    Deutsche Welle October 9, 2014
    Bundeswehr Missions: Is the Military Ready?

    Germany has expressed its readiness to join the coalition of the willing against the Islamic State. But can the country’s military forces live up to its NATO engagement?

  • Obama
    Deutsche Welle September 11, 2014
    World in Crisis: Where Is Obama?

    After U.S. President Barack Obama’s speech on dealing with the Islamic State, questions remain on whether he will live up to expectations and lead the West out of international security threats.

  • European Union
    Deutsche Welle May 1, 2014
    Big EU, Big Success?

    On May 1, 2004, ten countries joined the European Union. Ten years on, many people in both the East and the West retain a skeptical view of that historic enlargement.

  • Obama
    Public Radio International March 26, 2014
    The Crisis in Ukraine is Testing the Limits of the US Relationship With Europe

    During his trip to Europe, U.S. President Barack Obama has tried to rally his European counterparts to form a united front against Moscow’s annexation of Crimea.

  • Russia; Ukraine; Pipeline; Gas
    Euronews March 18, 2014
    The Economics of the EU-Russia Relationship

    The crisis in Ukraine could affect economic ties between the European Union and Russia. At the same time, Brussels needs to rethink its energy relationship with Moscow.

  • Putin; Russia; European Union
    Public Radio International March 4, 2014
    Europe Is Completely Divided Over How to Respond to Russia

    Europe is divided over how to respond to Russia’s invasion of Crimea. The most powerful figure in the diplomatic tango is Germany’s Angela Merkel.

  • Ukraine
    Al Jazeera February 20, 2014
    Ukraine’s Unrest

    It is difficult to see how the trust can be rebuilt between Ukraine’s Viktor Yanukovych and the people after recent violence against antigovernment protests.

  • European Union
    Al Jazeera October 28, 2013
    A German Europe? The Union Disunited

    Europe stands between extended integration and enforced disintegration. After the German elections, the question is what to expect for Europe's future.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Munich Security Conference
    February 2, 2014 Munich
    Carnegie Live From the Munich Security Conference

    Carnegie was on the ground at the 50th annual Munich Security Conference to give readers exclusive access to the debates and discussions as they unfolded.

  • 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.

  • February 3, 2013 Twitter.com/@Judy_Dempsey
    Carnegie Europe Live From the Munich Security Conference

    Carnegie Europe's Judy Dempsey was on the ground at the 49th annual Munich Security Conference to give readers exclusive access to the debates and discussions as they unfolded.

  • Carnegie Europe
    October 24, 2012 Brussels
    The Eurasian Customs Union: What’s in it for the EU?

    The Eurasian customs union formed by Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan in 2010—the largest in the world by territory—is becoming very real.

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