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.

  • Eurasia Outlook August 28, 2014
    The World Will Watch This NATO Summit

    NATO leaders are gathering for a much-anticipated summit near the Welsh capital. Can they convince observers that they appreciate the scale of the challenges facing the alliance?

  • Mogherini
    Strategic Europe August 26, 2014
    Hoping for an Unexpectedly Strong EU Foreign Policy Chief

    EU leaders look set to choose a lackluster candidate as the union’s next foreign policy supremo. Hopefully, she will turn out to be more capable than many predict.

  • European Union
    Strategic Europe August 19, 2014
    Thirty Years of Foreign Policy Pain Coming Europe’s Way

    In addition to growing internal divisions, sclerotic economies, and resurgent nationalism, the EU must now take on geopolitical challenges of a kind it has never faced before.

  • Strategic Europe July 15, 2014
    Three Treacherous Tales of Power in Europe

    From the selection of the EU’s new leadership team to Germany’s role in Europe, EU foreign policy offers a number of revealing cases of misperceived power.

  • Strategic Europe July 8, 2014
    The Silent Agenda for NATO’s Next Boss

    NATO’s incoming secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, will have many big issues on his to-do list. But some less obvious tasks deserve just as much attention—if not more.

  • Strategic Europe July 1, 2014
    Europe Torn Apart in the Asian Century?

    Europe risks becoming an in-between territory, with the United States and Asia pulling it in opposite directions. Europeans must understand how dangerous that would be.

  • Strategic Europe June 24, 2014
    How to Take the Pain out of Transatlantic Relations

    The key to revamping the transatlantic relationship is simple: Europeans must do more. That means becoming more united and reducing their dependency on the United States.

  • Strategic Europe June 17, 2014
    Germany’s Budding Defense Debate

    Germany is starting to think seriously about its potential military role in the world. But will changes in thinking lead to a shift in political behavior?

  • Strategic Europe June 11, 2014
    EU-Israel Relations: Hijacked by Settlements?

    EU-Israeli relations are increasingly dominated by the single issue of settlements in the West Bank. Both sides should focus more on bigger strategic questions.

  • Strategic Europe June 3, 2014
    The Damage a False Promise Can Do

    By promising pan-European party candidates for the next European Commission president, the EU offered something it could not deliver. It would be wiser to stick to the rules.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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