Stefan Lehne

Europe’s Futures Fellows 2018/19

Stefan Lehne is a Visiting Scholar at Carnegie Europe and lecturer at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. His career as an Austrian diplomat focused on multilateral diplomacy, in particular the United Nations (posting at the Austrian Mission in New York), the CSCE process (Vienna Follow-up meeting in 1986 till the Paris Summit of 1990) and the EU (including the negotiations on Austria’s accession to the EU and the coordination of Austrian EU policies eventually as deputy director general for EU affairs). In 1999, he joined the Policy Unit of the General Secretariat of the Council of the EU and later became director for the Balkans and Eastern Europe in this institution. During these years he worked closely with High Representative Javier Solana on crisis management in the Western Balkans. Inter alia he acted as the EU’s representative in the Kosovo Status process. In 2008, he returned to Vienna to become director general for political affairs in the Austrian Foreign Ministry. Since 2011 he is associated with Carnegie Europe. His publications concern primarily the political dynamics of European integration, EU foreign policy and EU migration policies. These are also the subjects of his courses at the Vienna Diplomatic Academy. Mr Lehne obtained a doctorate in Law from the University of Vienna and a Master of Arts in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (USA).