Ulrich Speck

Visiting Scholar
Carnegie Europe
Speck is a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe in Brussels, where his research focuses on the European Union’s foreign policy and Europe’s strategic role in a changing global environment.


PhD, Modern History, University of Frankfurt


English; French; German

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Ulrich Speck is a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe in Brussels. His research focuses on the European Union’s foreign policy and Europe’s strategic role in a changing global environment.

Since 2009, he has edited the Global Europe Brief, a weekly EU foreign policy newsletter widely circulated among decisionmakers in Brussels and other European capitals.

From 2010 to 2013, Speck was an associate fellow at the Madrid-based think tank FRIDE. Prior to that he worked for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Prague and Brussels, and in 2006 he was a fellow at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies in Washington, DC.

Speck writes a monthly foreign policy column for the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, a leading Swiss daily. He has published widely on German and European foreign policy and transatlantic relations. He co-edited Empire America: Perspectives on a New World Order (Empire Amerika. Perspektiven einer neuen Weltordnung; Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt, 2003), which asks whether the United States can be called an empire, as well as books on the revolution of 1848 and modern anti-Semitism.

  • Ukraine
    Article April 17, 2014
    Russia’s New Challenge to Europe

    Russia’s actions in Ukraine are forcing Europeans to reconsider long-held assumptions about their relations with Russia. It is time for the EU to get tough with the Kremlin.

  • Ukraine; Russia
    Op-Ed Die Zeit April 7, 2014 German
    The Ukraine Crisis Threatens Germany Especially

    Russia’s intervention in Ukraine is an attack on the very order that underpins Germany’s freedom, security, and prosperity. Alarm bells should be ringing in Berlin.

  • Q&A March 27, 2014 Русский
    What Are the Global Implications of the Ukraine Crisis?

    Russia’s annexation of Crimea and possible future incursions into eastern Ukraine could reshape the geopolitical map of Europe and derail cooperation between Moscow and the West for years to come.

  • Merkel; Putin
    Op-Ed The Interpreter March 27, 2014
    Merkel Is Ready to Confront Putin

    While Angela Merkel is ready for a confrontational approach toward Russia, she needs to convince an increasingly skeptical domestic audience.

  • Crimea; Ukraine; Russia
    Op-Ed Real Clear World March 20, 2014
    Putin’s Challenge to German Europe

    Though a trade war with Russia would certainly be costly for the EU, the long-term toll on Europe will be even greater if the annexation of Crimea is left unchecked.

  • Berlin; Germany; Reichstag
    Article March 14, 2014
    Foundations of German Power

    Germany is a powerful nation, but that power is confined by a number of factors. Going forward, Germany must embrace its strength and become the confident leader that Europe needs.

  • Crimea
    Op-Ed CNN March 4, 2014
    Putin Planning “Soviet Union Lite”

    If Vladimir Putin’s Russia succeeds in Ukraine, it will conclude that it can act like an empire. An empire has no borders and does not respect the borders of others.

  • Ukraine
    Op-Ed The New York Times February 23, 2014
    What the West Must Do for Ukraine

    Ukraine could either descend into chaos or right itself on a path toward democratic stability. Western powers must do all they can to help the country move toward the latter.

  • Ukraine
    Strategic Europe February 21, 2014
    Has the EU Failed Ukraine?

    If the EU wants to be an effective foreign policy player, it must unite the strengths of its member states and its central institutions. Otherwise, its policies will fail.

  • Berlin
    Strategic Europe January 24, 2014
    A New Franco-German Deal on EU Foreign Policy?

    A new joint declaration by the French and German foreign ministers could revitalize Franco-German cooperation. Over time, that could lead to a genuine EU foreign policy.

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