Rosa Balfour

Director
Carnegie Europe
Rosa Balfour is director of Carnegie Europe. Her fields of expertise include European politics, institutions, and foreign and security policy.
 

Education

PhD, International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science
MSc, European Studies, London School of Economics and Political Science
MA and BA, History, University of Cambridge

Languages

English; French; Italian

 

Rosa Balfour is director of Carnegie Europe. Her fields of expertise include European politics, institutions, and foreign and security policy. Her current research focuses on the relationship between domestic politics and Europe’s global role.

She has researched and published widely for academia, think tanks, and the international press on issues relating to European politics and international relations, especially on the Mediterranean region, Eastern Europe and the Balkans, EU enlargement, international support for civil society, and human rights and democracy.

Balfour is also a member of the steering committee of Women in International Security Brussels (WIIS-Brussels) and an associate fellow at LSE IDEAS. In 2018 and 2019, she was awarded a fellowship on the Europe’s Futures program at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. Since 2021, she is also an honorary patron of the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES).

Prior to joining Carnegie Europe, Balfour was a senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. She was also director of the Europe in the World program at the European Policy Centre in Brussels and has worked as a researcher in Rome and London.

  • Europe Needs a New Reckoning on Security and Democracy
    Strategic Europe December 16, 2021
    Europe Needs a New Reckoning on Security and Democracy

    Differing threat perceptions in Western and Central Europe combined with democratic backsliding risk creating dangerous fractures within the EU. Building a shared understanding of today’s security challenges must go hand in hand with strengthening democracy in the bloc.

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  • What the U.S.-British-Australian Security Pact Means for Europe
    Strategic Europe September 21, 2021
    What the U.S.-British-Australian Security Pact Means for Europe

    The military alliance forged between the United States, Australia, and the UK at the expense of France will lead to new alignments and could profoundly impact the transatlantic relationship. The United States and its European allies should know what’s at stake.

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  • The EU-U.S. Summit Is a Test for New Transatlantic Cooperation
    Strategic Europe June 15, 2021
    The EU-U.S. Summit Is a Test for New Transatlantic Cooperation

    The Americans and Europeans have to reconcile their differences in dealing with authoritarian regimes. This is an immense challenge facing these democracies.

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  • German Marshall Fund of the United States June 3, 2021
    Defining New Modes, Models, and Agendas for EU-Turkish Relations: The Outlook for Foreign and Security Policy Coordination

    EU-Turkish relations, including on foreign and security cooperation, have recently been in freefall. With European engagement constrained by domestic politics and internal divisions, the future of this relationship lies in Turkey’s hands.

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  • Against a European Civilization: Narratives About the European Union
    Article April 6, 2021
    Against a European Civilization: Narratives About the European Union

    Branding Europe as a unique civilization undermines the EU’s attractiveness to the rest of the world. Europe is better served by reckoning with its colonial history and underlining the universality of human rights.

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  • European Leaders Are Facing Their Armageddon
    Strategic Europe March 25, 2021
    European Leaders Are Facing Their Armageddon

    Europe’s messy handling of the second and third waves of the coronavirus pandemic and the stalling of vaccination programs highlight the EU’s deep contradictions. The union’s ability to bounce back—let alone bounce back better—is now in question.

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  • GLOBSEC Policy Institute March 9, 2021
    The Time for EU’s Common Foreign Policy Is Now

    The EU is struggling to project a cohesive foreign policy voice. Sixteen experts analyze what Europe’s foreign policy priorities should be in 2021 and what the EU should do to bolster its strategic ambitions.

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  • Op-Ed The German Marshall Fund of the United States February 11, 2021
    After Trump, the EU Stands Between Transatlanticism and Strategic Autonomy

    The EU and the United States are seeking to redefine their respective partnerships outside the transatlantic framework while pledging cooperation when it comes to global issues. The key question is, will it work?

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  • Chatham House February 4, 2021
    EU and China Seal a Deal Behind Biden’s Back

    Brussels seems to have put business interests before democratic values and security realities at a time when the West and Beijing are competing to vaccinate the world against coronavirus.

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  • Working With the Biden Administration: Opportunities for the EU
    January 26, 2021
    Working With the Biden Administration: Opportunities for the EU

    With U.S. President Joe Biden in office, the EU and the United States must find ways to repair the relationship and seek common ground from which to address the global shifts and challenges of the coming decades.

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  • WIIS Brussels Voices podcast December 23, 2021
    Women & Leadership in a Challenging Period of Transition

    Start of 2021 the UK left the EU, and the Biden administration comes in and this really is in principle a moment to reorganize the so-called West. To reorganize those powers that have basically shaped the world since the end of the Second World War

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  • Women in International Security December 23, 2021
    Women and Leadership in a Challenging Period of Transition

    Featuring Rosa Balfour and Corinna Hörst, the WIIS Brussels’s final podcast of 2021 highlights these experts’s experiences in the worlds of academia and European affairs. The episode also looks back on the challenges of European security, defense, and foreign affairs in 2021, and looks forward to the new year.

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  • Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies October 22, 2021
    Women in Think Tanks

    On the Wilfried Martens Centre’s podcast “Her and EU” Director Rosa Balfour speaks to Loredana Teodorescu about how being a woman affected her career, why leadership in European think tanks is male-dominated, and what think tanks can do to address the imbalance.

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  • Bloomberg March 29, 2021
    Merkel Threatens Federal Control Over Germany’s Pandemic Fight

    Rosa Balfour speaks about German Chancellor Angela Merkel threatening to assert federal control over measures to stem the pandemic and picking a legal fight that reflects the gravity of the latest surge in infections.

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  • Encompass March 18, 2021
    EU and UK Foreign and Security Policy After Brexit

    Rosa Balfour, director of Carnegie Europe, talks to Paul Adamson about the tensions in creating an EU foreign and security policy and the UK's new Integrated Review.

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  • WBUR's Here & Now February 9, 2021
    Biden Declares 'America is Back' in First Foreign Policy Speech

    U.S. President Biden's foreign policy decisions have being overwhelmingly well received in Europe thus far but hurdles remain in the transatlantic relationship.

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  • Transatlantic Tides: Reflections on Year One of the Biden Presidency
    January 26, 2022 Live Online
    Transatlantic Tides: Reflections on Year One of the Biden Presidency

    Dan Baer and Rosa Balfour will moderate a discussion on the state of the transatlantic relationship with U.S. Assistant Secretary of and for European and Eurasian Affairs Karen Donfried, and director for European Affairs at the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs David Cva

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  • In Conversation with U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO Julianne Smith
    January 21, 2022 Live Online
    In Conversation With U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO Julianne Smith

    Rosa Balfour hosts Ambassador Julianne Smith for a discussion on the priorities for NATO and the U.S. at a critical juncture.

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  • Navigating a Turbulent Future: What to Expect in 2022?
    December 9, 2021 Live on YouTube and Facebook عربي
    Navigating a Turbulent Future? What to Expect in 2022

    The Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center will be holding its fifth annual conference on Wednesday, December 8, and Thursday, December 9, 2021, to delve deeper into what to expect in 2022.

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  • After the Pandemic: Back to Normal or a New Abnormal?
    December 8, 2021 YouTube @CARNEGIEMENA عربي
    After the Pandemic: Back to Normal or a New Abnormal?

    Join us on Wednesday, December 8 from 16:15-17:30 EET for a public panel discussion with Jihad Azour, Rosa Balfour, Evan A. Feigenbaum and Moíses Naím chaired by Zainab Usman.

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  • In Conversation with Rosa Balfour
    September 29, 2021 Zoom Webinar
    In Conversation with Rosa Balfour

    On September 29, Carnegie India hosted a very special India and the World webinar, titled 'In Conversation with Rosa Balfour', about Europe's pressing role in global geopolitics.

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  • How Will the EU Navigate U.S.-China Tensions?
    June 1, 2021 Live Online
    How Will the EU Navigate U.S.-China Tensions?

    Over the past few years, Europe and the United States have each approached China’s rise differently. Paul Haenle will moderate a discussion with Rosa Balfour, director of Carnegie Europe, and Cui Hongjian, director of the Department of European Studies at the China Institute of International Studies, on the trajectory of U.S.-EU-China relations.

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  • Building Back, Changing Tack: Answering Calls for Reform in Europe and the United States
    May 5, 2021 Live Online
    Building Back, Changing Tack: Answering Calls for Reform in Europe and the United States

    Carnegie Europe and the Pew Research Center are delighted to invite you to a public discussion on the findings of three recent Pew Research Center reports on attitudes toward governments, national economic policies, and the factors that shape national identities in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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  • Of Diplomats and Statesmen: In Conversation with Robert Cooper
    April 21, 2021 Live Online
    Of Diplomats and Statesmen: A Conversation with Robert Cooper

    To mark the launch of "The Ambassadors: Thinking About Diplomacy from Machiavelli to Modern Times", Rosa Balfour will host a conversation with author Robert Cooper on the peaks and troughs of diplomacy from sixteenth-century Florence to today’s liberal order.

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  • Between Vaccines and Recovery: EU-Africa Relations to the Test of the Coronavirus Pandemic
    March 29, 2021 Live Online
    From Vaccines to Recovery: A Test for EU-Africa Relations

    In the face of the coronavirus pandemic’s tremendous social and economic costs, African governments are mobilizing to save millions of lives. The support of the European Union will be critical in insuring an equitable distribution of vaccines and a smooth post-pandemic recovery.

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  • Decoding the Biden Administration: Opportunities for the EU
    January 27, 2021 Live Online
    Decoding the Biden Administration: Opportunities for the EU

    The inauguration of U.S. President Joe Biden has brought a new wave of hope for reinvigorating the transatlantic relationship. The EU has already capitalized on this enthusiasm by offering fresh proposals for EU-U.S. collaboration while raising its ambitions to boost its international role and shape global policies.

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