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Carl Bildt

Carl Bildt

Writing for PS since 2009
104 commentaries

Carl Bildt was Sweden’s foreign minister from 2006 to 2014 and prime minister from 1991 to 1994, when he negotiated Sweden’s EU accession. A renowned international diplomat, he served as EU Special Envoy to the Former Yugoslavia, High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, UN Special Envoy to the Balkans, and Co-Chairman of the Dayton Peace Conference. He is Co-Chair of the European Council on Foreign Relations. 

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  1. Winter Is Coming, and Putin Is Failing
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    Winter Is Coming, and Putin Is Failing

    Sep 20, 2022 Carl Bildt thinks Ukraine’s counteroffensive in the northeast has fundamentally altered the course of the war.

  2. Did the Afghan Failure Lead to the Ukraine War?
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    Did the Afghan Failure Lead to the Ukraine War?

    Aug 16, 2022 Carl Bildt revisits the fall of Kabul to consider its implications for America and the world, one year later.

  3. The Necessity of Territorial Integrity
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    The Necessity of Territorial Integrity

    Jul 19, 2022 Carl Bildt shows why Russia's war on Ukraine is a challenge to the entire international order.

  4. Europe’s Fate and Ukraine’s Survival
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    Europe’s Fate and Ukraine’s Survival

    Jun 30, 2022 Carl Bildt explains the implications of the EU’s decision to make its embattled neighbor a candidate for membership.

  5. The Death of Davos?
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    The Death of Davos?

    May 26, 2022 Carl Bildt considers what, if anything, can be salvaged from the global optimism of an earlier era.

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    The ECB Has Been Driving EU Inflation

    Hans-Werner Sinn explains how the European Central Bank has contributed to soaring prices, including for energy.
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    The Populist Climate Threat

    Izabella Teixeira, et al. warn that right-wing nationalists and other political opportunists could normalize inaction.
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    Britain Is Not an Emerging Market – Yet

    Kenneth Rogoff considers the implications of the new government’s poorly received economic-policy package.
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    When the Fed Stops Trying

    J. Bradford DeLong worries that the world's most important central bank is no longer looking for an optimal policy path.
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    No Security Without Climate Security

    Anne-Marie Slaughter explains why US policymakers need to focus more closely on global warming as an existential threat.
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    Development, Decarbonization, and Dumb Landowners

    Ricardo Hausmann argues that governments must manage natural resources more effectively to promote green growth.
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    The Trade Agenda Today

    Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala interviewed by Anne O. Krueger

    Recent global developments have shown what is at stake when trade becomes less open and transparent. To assess the current state of the international trading system and what lies in store for it, Anne O. Krueger queries World Trade Organization Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala about the biggest challenges facing her organization.

    about the challenges facing her organization.
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    King Dollar

    In recent weeks, the US dollar has reached 20-year highs against key foreign currencies, and all-time highs against the Chinese renminbi and the British pound. What is sustaining the greenback’s surge, and what are its most significant consequences?

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    The US Inflation Bonanza for Sovereign Debtors

    Gautam Nair & Federico Sturzenegger identify the big winners of a shock that is diluting mountains of debt around the world.

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