Iris Kempe

Iris Kempe

Programs: Foreign & Security PolicyRegions: Europe & EurasiaCategory: Analysis

Iris Kempe is a political scientist and policy adviser currently working with the Global Challenge Foundation. She has published widely on European affairs, foreign and security policy, the EU’s Eastern Policy, and is a frequent commentator in the international media.

Dr. Kempe started her career in the think tank world at the Centre for Applied Policy Research at the Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich (1995-2008), where she focused on the EU’s Eastern policy and the development/transformation of the EU’s Eastern neighbors. She then worked as director (2008-2011) of the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation in the South Caucasus. Two weeks after her arrival in Tbilisi, the Russia-Georgia War broke out. Her tenure in the South Caucasus thus focused on European and transatlantic cooperation, regional conflicts, and transformation.

In 2011-2012 Dr. Kempe relocated to Moscow as director of a British NGO in the Russian Federation. The squeeze on civil society shortened her time in Moscow, and she transferred to Stockholm as a senior adviser to the Council of Baltic Sea States. The Council is an intergovernmental organization with 11 members from the region and 10 observers including the United States. Since late 2017, Dr. Kempe has been advising the Global Challenge Foundation on the feasibility of projects with the potential for global transformation.

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From farewell to a new Eastern policy and towards a new development

Poland and Germany were both initiators and drivers of a New Eastern policy linked to the Eastern neighborhood and Russia/Soviet Union. After WW II, Jerzy Giedroyc — a Polish writer, …