Richard Youngs

Senior Associate
Democracy and Rule of Law Program
Youngs is an expert on the foreign policy of the European Union, in particular on questions of democracy support.


PhD, MA Warwick University
BA, Cambridge University


English; French; Spanish


Richard Youngs is a senior associate in the Democracy and Rule of Law Program, based at Carnegie Europe. He works on EU foreign policy and on issues of international democracy.

Youngs is also a professor of international relations at the University of Warwick. Prior to joining Carnegie in July 2013, he was the director of the European think tank FRIDE. He has held positions in the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and as an EU Marie Curie fellow. He was a senior fellow at the Transatlantic Academy in Washington, DC, from 2012 to 2013.

His latest books include The Uncertain Legacy of Crisis (Carnegie, 2014); Europe in the new Middle East (Oxford University Press, 2014); and Climate Change and European Security (Routledge, 2014).

  • Eurasia Outlook October 23, 2014
    Eurasia and the ASEM Summit

    It would be a stretch to think that ASEM can foster any kind of benign diplomatic triangle between the EU, Russia, and Asian powers. However, ASEM may survive as an interesting mix of debating club, retreat and venue for bilateral meetings.

  • Palestine
    Article October 21, 2014
    The EU and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Action Without a Script

    The EU’s understandable priority in Gaza is to contain further violence. But the union also needs a deeper policy that addresses the roots of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

  • Strategic Europe October 16, 2014
    Full Circle in the Middle East?

    To address the root causes of chaos and disorder in the Middle East, the EU needs to develop a two-pronged approach that focuses on both security and political reform.

  • Energy
    Other Publications Vanguardia Dossier September 23, 2014
    A New Geopolitics of EU Energy Security

    The EU needs not merely to reassess its energy policies toward Russia but also to link these different strands of energy security together to fashion a fully strategic approach.

  • Eurasia Outlook September 18, 2014
    Europe and Belarus in Changing Times

    This summer’s crisis in eastern Ukraine has made the European Union and Belarus keen to develop a more constructive relationship with each other.

  • Digital
    Op-Ed Deutsche Welle September 11, 2014
    Digital Media Is a Double-Edged Sword

    Digital media is already affecting foreign policy, by providing quick, inside information from the ground. While this is a largely positive development, there are dangers too.

  • Strategic Europe September 9, 2014
    European Humanitarianism: Fillip or Substitute for Foreign Policy?

    As Europe’s humanitarian role becomes increasingly prominent, the EU must ensure that the other, more geostrategic components of its foreign policy develop in tandem.

  • World; global order
    Article July 2, 2014
    The EU and Global (Dis)Order

    With the current liberal world order under threat, it is high time the EU fine-tuned the ways in which it defends its core principles.

  • Lukashenko
    Strategic Europe June 6, 2014
    Shadow Play in Belarus

    EU-Belarus relations have been frozen for years. A debate is now taking shape on whether the new geostrategic context across Europe’s East might unblock this atrophy.

  • Article June 3, 2014
    Non-Western Roots of International Democracy Support

    Rising democracies are becoming key players in global democracy promotion, but they often struggle to detach the external support they provide from their own transition experiences.

  • Routledge October 13, 2014
    Climate Change and European Security

    As the EU tackles select elements of climate security, it has yet to put in place a foreign policy to manage the geostrategic turmoil that climate change has in store.

  • September 18, 2014
    Europe in the New Middle East: Opportunity or Exclusion?

    After the EU floundered in its initial response to the Arab Spring, it now has to reconsider some of the fundamental tenets of its strategic approach to the Middle East.

  • January 20, 2014
    The Uncertain Legacy of Crisis

    The European Union is mired in the worst crisis it has seen for many decades. And the crisis does not stop at Europe’s edge.

  • 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.

  • November 5, 2013 Washington, DC
    Rethinking European Democracy Support

    European support for democracy faces a series of challenges stemming both from the results of the Eurozone crisis and from the difficult state of democracy worldwide. In order to confront these challenges, the EU must rethink its approach.

  • May 30, 2013 Washington, DC
    Varieties of Democracy: Global Standards, Local Knowledge

    The global diversity of democratic political system continues to pose practical and analytical challenges to policymakers, advocates and researchers. A new collaborative effort seeks to provide a comprehensive and rigorous approach to the measurement of democracy around the world.

  • December 18, 2012 Washington, D.C.
    Supporting Democracy in Georgia and Ukraine: Time for a Rethink?

    Recent events in the post-Soviet European neighborhood have again put the spotlight on struggling efforts for democratization in the region.

  • December 14, 2010 Brussels
    Europe's Decline and Fall: The Struggle Against Global Irrelevance

    With the ratification of the Lisbon treaty, the EU had hoped to develop the infrastructure to handle the challenges of the twenty-first century world, but recent developments have sparked widespread talk of Europe's relative decline.


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