Stefan Lehne

Visiting Scholar
Carnegie Europe
Lehne is a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe in Brussels, where his research focuses on the post–Lisbon Treaty development of the European Union’s foreign policy, with a specific focus on relations between the EU and member states.
 

Education

MA, International Relations, Fletcher School on Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University 
JD, University of Vienna

Languages

English; French; German

 

Stefan Lehne is a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe in Brussels, where he researches the post–Lisbon Treaty development of the European Union’s foreign policy with a specific focus on relations between the EU and member states. 

From 2009–2011, Lehne served as director general for political affairs at the Austrian Ministry for European and International Affairs. Prior to that position, from 2002–2008, he served the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union as director for the Balkans, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia. Previously, he was head of the Task Force for Western Balkans and Central Europe. He has held a number of other appointments in the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was a researcher at the Austrian Institute for International Politics.

Lehne’s work on issues of European foreign and security policy has been widely published in a number of academic journals, including Integration, the Austrian Journal of Political Science, and Europa Archiv. In addition, he has authored a number of monographs on the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe.

  • What the COVID-19 Pandemic Tells Us About Climate Change and Diplomacy
    Article October 26, 2021
    What the COVID-19 Pandemic Tells Us About Climate Change and Diplomacy

    The stress of the pandemic has reinforced nation-first mentalities, deepened inequalities, and weakened the multilateral system. To fight global warming, governments must move beyond thinking in such narrow national terms and re-energize foreign policy as a crucial tool of effective climate action.

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  • The Conference on the Future of Europe—an Experiment in Citizens’ Participation
    Strategic Europe May 13, 2021
    The Conference on the Future of Europe—an Experiment in Citizens’ Participation

    The Conference on the Future of Europe is built on a haphazard compromise between competing visions, institutional rivalries, and the role of citizens. As such, it is unlikely to provide solutions to the many challenges facing the EU.

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  • Why Can’t Europe Cope With the Coronavirus?
    Strategic Europe April 8, 2021
    Why Can’t Europe Cope With the Coronavirus?

    Three factors explain why most European countries have found it difficult to deal with the pandemic: an unsuitable level of integration, an inability to make rapid decisions, and a breakdown of trust between governments and the governed.

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  • Rivals or Partners? The EU-UK Foreign Policy Relationship After Brexit
    Article March 30, 2021
    Rivals or Partners? The EU-UK Foreign Policy Relationship After Brexit

    EU-UK cooperation on foreign policy will be hampered by the emotional and political fallout from a difficult divorce and boosted by a renewed transatlantic relationship. In the longer term, external challenges and the internal policy trends will determine the scope for working together.

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  • Why the EU’s Vaccine Strategy Will Pay Off in the End
    Strategic Europe February 2, 2021
    Why the EU’s Vaccine Strategy Will Pay Off in the End

    After the undignified scramble for protective equipment in the pandemic’s early stages, the EU’s collective approach to coronavirus vaccines was the right strategy—even if avoidable mistakes were made.

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  • Securing the EU’s Place in the World
    Article November 17, 2020
    Securing the EU’s Place in the World

    In spite of the return of power politics, the hope for a rules-based international order is not dead. Relaunching multilateralism together with like-minded partners around the world should therefore remain at the center of Europe’s foreign policy.

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  • The Western Balkans and Europe’s Geopolitical Challenges
    Institute for Democracy “Societas Civilis” November 1, 2020
    The Western Balkans and Europe’s Geopolitical Challenges

    The EU’s foreign policy principles were envisioned for a more benign international environment. But growing great-power tensions are forcing the EU to adapt its policies to the new international reality.

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  • Where in the World Is the EU Now?
    Article April 29, 2020
    Where in the World Is the EU Now?

    The EU is a global actor, particularly in the areas of trade, sanctions, and assistance, but its neighboring regions remain the main focus of its external policy.

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  • How the Coronavirus Is Testing the EU’s Resilience
    Op-Ed EUobserver March 25, 2020
    How the Coronavirus Is Testing the EU’s Resilience

    The EU has gone through many crises over the past decades. But the coronavirus pandemic could well be the ultimate acid test of its resilience as a community based on solidarity and common values.

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  • Article February 25, 2020
    How the EU Can Survive in a Geopolitical Age

    The EU’s traditional business model is not fit for a world of power politics. Whether the EU can protect its interests and values in this new situation will depend on stronger and more decisive leadership.

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  • How to Bridge the EU’s East-West Divide After the Coronavirus
    September 30, 2020 Live Online
    How to Bridge the EU’s East-West Divide After the Coronavirus

    In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the EU can no longer afford being held back by disagreements between Central and Western member states. At this crucial moment, Carnegie Europe will host a public discussion to explore solutions for how to bridge the EU’s East-West divide.

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    July 13, 2020 Live Online
    Europe’s New Foreign Policy Footprint

    The EU’s foreign policy agenda has changed considerably over the past ten years, but how has this reorientation been perceived globally, and what do other powers expect from the EU?

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  • Europe’s Coronavirus Roadmap to Recovery
    April 28, 2020 Live Online
    Europe’s Coronavirus Roadmap to Recovery

    Can the EU rise to the challenge and help steer member states through the consequences of the pandemic, inject a new lease of life into the economy, and address the political fractures that run deep throughout the union?

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  • January 21, 2020 Casimir Pulaski Foundation
    An Unbridgeable Divide? How to Heal the EU’s East-West Fracture

    Fifteen years after the 2004 enlargement, the EU still behaves as two halves rather than a whole. The real source of tensions is unfamiliarity with the nature of East-West differences rather than the differences themselves.

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  • Challenges and Priorities For the EU’s New Leadership
    October 7, 2019 Washington, DC
    Challenges and Priorities For the EU’s New Leadership

    The arrival of a new European Commission this autumn coincides with a daunting list of internal and external challenges for the European Union.

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  • April 24, 2018 Hotel NH Brussels EU Berlaymont
    Will Syrian Refugees Return Home?

    Refugees have conditions for voluntary return—conditions that political efforts to resolve the Syrian conflict have largely ignored.

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  • May 9, 2017 Beijing 中文
    How Will “America First” Influence the EU and Transatlantic Alliances?

    President Trump has called the future of NATO and the transatlantic alliance into question. China, meanwhile, could benefit from a U.S. retreat as it continues to promote its Belt and Road Initiative.

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  • Online Q&A on the Refugee and Migrant Crisis
    September 5, 2016 Virtual
    Online Q&A on the Refugee and Migrant Crisis

    Scholars from Carnegie Europe and the Carnegie Middle East Center participated in a Reddit AMA on the refugee and migrant crisis.

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  • June 14, 2016 Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum, Bonn
    Migrants vs. Natives and the Death of Europe’s Liberal, Secular Consensus

    Migration has tested the EU’s moral ground to the limits. What is at stake goes to the very heart of what it means to be European: a community of shared values, moral universalism, and liberal and secular consensus.

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  • February 24, 2016 Carnegie Europe
    Will the EU Survive the Refugee Crisis?

    The refugee crisis unsettled the EU like no challenge before it. With the inflow of refugees likely to continue for years, migration may be the ultimate make-or-break issue for the EU.

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