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; Russian troops
    Op-Ed CNN August 29, 2014
    Fog Lifts to Show Russia at War

    Russia’s deployment of troops in Ukraine marks the end of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s attempts to prevent the worst through diplomacy.

  • Article August 1, 2014
    Beyond Sanctions: What’s the West’s Strategy on Russia?

    The escalating sanctions have served as a warning shot to Moscow. But sanctions can only become meaningful if they are part of a wider strategy.

  • Russia; European Union
    Article July 10, 2014
    How the EU Sleepwalked Into a Conflict With Russia

    The EU and Russia are fighting over their joint neighborhood, and the stakes are too high for either side to back down. Can they bridge their divides?

  • Eurasia Outlook July 10, 2014
    Is Germany Really Becoming a More Independent Power? A Response to Dmitri Trenin

    A more confident, post-modern Germany that sees the world in a very different way than Russia is emerging. While illusions are gone, however, interests remain, and they incentivize both sides to work together on a range of issues.

  • Merkel; Steinmeier
    Article June 25, 2014
    Germany Plays Good Cop, Bad Cop on Ukraine

    Germany’s approach to managing the Ukraine crisis has been fairly successful in limiting Russian meddling. But the confrontation between the West and Russia is far from over.

  • Putin; Russia
    Op-Ed CNN April 28, 2014
    Ukraine Crisis: Who Will Blink First?

    After Russia’s seizure of Crimea, Vladimir Putin and the West are now engaged in a much slower match of wits on a chessboard that stretches across most of Eastern Ukraine.

  • 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.

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