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.


English; French; German


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).

  • Strategic Europe May 20, 2015
    Judy Asks: Is the European Neighborhood Policy Doomed?

    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 May 18, 2015
    Merkel Holds the Line Over Eastern Europe

    Germany’s role in the Ukraine crisis will influence the EU’s future policy toward Eastern Europe.

  • Macedonia
    Strategic Europe May 13, 2015
    Judy Asks: Is the EU Sleeping on the Western Balkans?

    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.

  • Cameron
    Op-Ed The Moscow Times May 11, 2015
    Cameron, Brexit and Russia

    Between now and 2017, David Cameron has to move fast and work hard to explain why the EU matters and why it is in Britain’s strategic interest to remain inside it.

  • Strategic Europe May 11, 2015
    Macedonia’s Uncertain Future

    Gun battles in northern Macedonia have exposed the fragility of this Western Balkan country and the urgency for the EU and NATO to give it a membership perspective.

  • Strategic Europe May 8, 2015
    And Britain Voted for . . .

    This is not the time to write off Britain’s membership in the European Union. David Cameron’s election victory could turn out to be to Europe’s advantage.

  • Strategic Europe May 6, 2015
    Judy Asks: Is the Post-WWII Global Order Finally Breaking Down?

    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.

  • Ukraine
    May 5, 2015
    Digital Eastern Europe

    During the Euromaidan protest movement—as in the first years of the Arab Spring—it was the power of social media that galvanized civil society.

  • Strategic Europe May 4, 2015
    Staying Away From Moscow’s Victory Day Parade

    The seventieth anniversary of the end of World War Two coincides with a rift between the West and Russia that shows no sign of ending.

  • Strategic Europe April 30, 2015 Русский
    How Not to Monitor Russia’s Border With Ukraine

    The OSCE has no unhindered access to check what and who enters Ukraine from Russia. That makes a mockery of the ceasefire in Ukraine and undermines the organization.

  • Refugees
    April 9, 2015
    Refugees in Germany - Angst on Both Sides

    What can society do to avoid situations similar to that in Tröglitz? What responsibility does the EU’s policy on refugees bear for current tensions?

  • Bibi
    Deutsche Welle March 12, 2015
    Will Israel Vote Change?

    In the final stages before Israel’s March 17 parliamentary election, the opposition is mobilizing against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. How will Israelis vote?

  • Pegida
    Deutsche Welle January 22, 2015
    Pegida Goes Europe: Fear Is the Key

    The Pegida movement has awoken Germany, but Islamophobia is a Europe-wide phenomenon whose roots lie in the alienation of citizens from politics.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • November 26, 2013
    Why Defense Actually Matters

    NATO and its allies need to define a new narrative to convince citizens that defense still matters.

  • 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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