Richard Youngs

Senior Fellow
Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program
Richard Youngs is a senior fellow in the Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program, based at Carnegie Europe. He works on EU foreign policy and on issues of international democracy.
 

Education

PhD, MA Warwick University
BA, Cambridge University

Languages

English; French; Spanish

 

Richard Youngs is a senior fellow in the Democracy, Conflict, and Governance 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.

Youngs has authored fifteen books. His most recent works are Rebuilding European Democracy: Resistance and Renewal in an Illiberal Age (Bloomsbury/Tauris, 2021), The European Union and Global Politics (Macmillan, 2021), Civic Activism Unleashed: New Hope or False Dawn for Democracy? (Oxford University Press, 2019) and Europe’s Eastern Crisis: The Geopolitics of Asymmetry (Cambridge University Press, 2017).

  • COP26 and the Foreign Policy Blind Spot in Europe’s Climate Action
    Strategic Europe October 26, 2021
    COP26 and the Foreign Policy Blind Spot in Europe’s Climate Action

    As a leader in international climate diplomacy, the EU still lacks an ecological foreign policy. The union will need to make some far-reaching changes to its geopolitical strategies if it is to place ecological imperatives above other interests.

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  • Green Democracy in Europe
    Article September 23, 2021
    Green Democracy in Europe

    Numerous—sometimes competing—forms of democratic engagement have tried to answer the rallying cry for climate action. If harmonized, initiatives including depoliticized democracy, climate assemblies, and protest movements can bring Europe closer to green democracy.

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  • Op-Ed The Guardian September 16, 2021
    It's Not All About Populism

    Despite increased threats to civil liberties, judicial independence, and civil society over the past decade, efforts to defend and rethink Europe’s democratic practices have also surged. To maintain this momentum and ultimately reverse democratic erosion, a more ambitious agenda of political reform is required.

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  • Strengthening Democracy Support in Regimes With Dominant Parties
    Article September 13, 2021
    Strengthening Democracy Support in Regimes With Dominant Parties

    The rise of dominant political parties contributes to the resurgence of authoritarianism and impedes democracy support. Paying greater attention to party support and talks, elections, and direct activism in countries such as Georgia, Mozambique, Nicaragua, and Zimbabwe will advance sound governance and democracy.

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  • The EU and Climate Security: Toward Ecological Diplomacy
    July 12, 2021
    The EU and Climate Security: Toward Ecological Diplomacy

    To fulfill its ambition of becoming an effective geopolitical power, the EU should place ecological security and diplomacy at the heart of its foreign and security policy. This approach should entail practical and innovative strategies that pursue systemic regeneration at home and abroad.

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  • European Parliament June 21, 2021
    Preparing the CSDP for the New Security Environment Created by Climate Change

    Climate change will increase the potential for humanitarian crises and instability. To strengthen the EU's capacity to prevent conflict and manage crises, climate security should be integrated into the Common Security and Defense Policy.

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  • European Parliament May 18, 2021
    Digital Technologies as a Means of Repression and Social Control

    New and emerging technologies have expanded states’ toolkit for repression and social control. The EU must decide whether tackling digital repression is a core geopolitical interest at the highest political level.

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  • Defusing Georgia's Political Crisis: An EU Foreign Policy Success?
    Article May 10, 2021
    Defusing Georgia’s Political Crisis: An EU Foreign Policy Success?

    The speed and pragmatism with which the EU brokered an agreement to end Georgia’s recent political crisis deserves praise. The union should take this opportunity to reflect on the role of mediation in its democracy-support strategies.

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  • European Parliament April 22, 2021
    The Impact of Disinformation on Democratic Processes and Human Rights in the World

    To effectively counter disinformation, the EU should place greater emphasis on human rights in its formal laws and regulations, corporate measures, and civil society action.

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  • The EU’s Strategic Autonomy Trap
    Article March 8, 2021
    The EU’s Strategic Autonomy Trap

    While strategic autonomy seems firmly set to guide EU foreign policy, it carries significant risks—especially for democratic values. If it takes autonomy too far, the EU may find itself less able to advance, and achieve, its foreign policy goals.

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  • Rebuilding European Democracy: Resistance and Renewal in an Illiberal Age
    Bloomsbury Publishing October 7, 2021
    Rebuilding European Democracy: Resistance and Renewal in an Illiberal Age

    Despite serious concerns over the state of European democracy, a spirit of democratic resistance has gained significant traction. Still, to turn the tide decisively in democracy’s favor, more ambitious renewal will be needed.

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  • The European Union and Global Politics
    Red Globe Press March 31, 2021
    The European Union and Global Politics

    This book unpacks the international challenges facing the EU in recent years—including a weakened global order, a securitized worldview, geo-economic competition, climate change, and conflicts to the east and south—before turning to examine how the union has responded and how the bloc’s core international identity has changed.

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  • Civic Activism Unleashed: New Hope or False Dawn for Democracy?
    Oxford University Press January 31, 2019
    Civic Activism Unleashed: New Hope or False Dawn for Democracy?

    One of the signal events in global politics in the last decade has been the transformation of political and civic activism. Not only is the new activism qualitatively different in character from what it was in 2000; its intensity and frequency have dramatically increased.

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  • I.B. Tauris November 3, 2017
    Europe Reset: New Directions for the EU

    The EU must reinvent itself if it is to survive. Citizens should play a greater role in decisionmaking, with the aim of making the union more flexible and more accountable.

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  • Cambridge University Press March 31, 2017
    Europe’s Eastern Crisis: The Geopolitics of Asymmetry

    In recent years, a series of crises have erupted on the European Union’s eastern borders. In response, the EU has begun to map its own form of “liberal-redux geopolitics” that combines various strategic logics.

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  • September 8, 2015
    The Puzzle of Non-Western Democracy

    The nature of today’s global politics calls for democratic renewal—and this renewal must look beyond the standard practices of Western democracy.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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