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 March 19, 2015 Русский
    The Steinmeier Review of German Foreign Policy

    The German foreign minister has launched a valuable review of his country’s foreign policy. The project should lead to a new culture of strategic thinking in Germany.

  • Strategic Europe March 10, 2015 Русский
    The Illusion of an Independent EU Army

    Despite recent calls for an EU army, Europeans should be under no illusions that they are and will remain dependent on the United States for their defense.

  • Strategic Europe February 24, 2015
    Why Ukraine Was No Game Changer—So Far

    Far from altering Europe’s geopolitical landscape, the Ukraine crisis has only reconfirmed the continent’s old order.

  • Strategic Europe February 17, 2015
    Exit America, Europe’s Trust Engine?

    The United States succeeded as Europe’s benevolent hegemon because it was able to pacify rivaling European states and instill mutual trust in them. That role is still needed.

  • Strategic Europe February 10, 2015
    European Security After Ukraine

    The war in eastern Ukraine is about more than the future of the European geopolitical order. It is about the role of the United States in Europe.

  • Strategic Europe February 3, 2015
    The West’s Ukrainian Risk Assessment

    In the debate over whether to support Ukraine’s armed forces, the EU and the United States must ask themselves how much uncertainty they are ready to accept.

  • Strategic Europe January 27, 2015
    Michel Houellebecq’s Soumission Is the Soundtrack of Our Time

    Irony is the quintessential Western cultural achievement. If the West does not appreciate the importance of that defining character trait, it won’t stand a chance.

  • Strategic Europe January 20, 2015
    Europe Has More to Fear Than Fear Itself

    The main preoccupation that governs Europe today comes not from external threats but from domestic ill-being. It is, quite simply, old-fashioned economic fear.

  • 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.

  • Strategic Europe December 16, 2014
    The Rotten and the Forgotten of 2014 World Politics

    The last twelve months have been unusually eventful. Amid the vicissitudes of 2014, highlights include a resurgent Russia, shrewd Scots, and the EU’s underrated foreign policy.

  • 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.

  • © Carnegie Europe
    March 16, 2015 Silken Berlaymont Brussels Hotel, Brussels German
    Germany: Looking Beyond Its Borders

    Frank-Walter Steinmeier has announced that Germany is ready to step up its foreign policy ambitions. What does the future hold for the country’s external relations?

  • March 2, 2015 Vienna
    The European Neighborhood Policy: Which Way Forward?

    Ten years after its launch, it is time to rethink the European Neighborhood Policy. There is a need for greater differentiation and for more nimble and flexible instruments.

  • Ukraine
    February 10, 2015 UK Permanent Representation to the EU
    Crisis in Ukraine, One Year On

    After a serious escalation of violence in eastern Ukraine, EU policymakers are weighing up the possibility of expanding sanctions against Russia. Is that the right approach?

  • Napoleon
    January 20, 2015 Brussels
    The Battle of Waterloo, Two Hundred Years Later

    Two centuries ago, the Battle of Waterloo was more than just an allied victory over Napoleon’s French army—it marked the start of almost fifty years of peace in Europe.

  • December 9, 2014 Brussels
    Trade and Energy Governance

    The world’s energy system looks very different today than in the fifty years following the second World War.

  • Russia
    November 27, 2014 Brussels
    EU-Russia Relations: Now in Permanent Crisis?

    The cooling of relations between Russia and the West has been the most important geopolitical event of 2014 for Europe. So what are the prospects for Western-Russian ties in 2015?

  • 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.

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