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Carl Bildt

Carl Bildt

Writing for PS since 2009
124 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. The Dangerous Retreat into Protectionism
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    The Dangerous Retreat into Protectionism

    May 21, 2024 Carl Bildt warns that nothing good will come from a more deeply fragmented global economy.

  2. Trump Is Putin’s Only Hope Now
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    Trump Is Putin’s Only Hope Now

    Apr 25, 2024 Carl Bildt considers the implications of Ukraine finally receiving the Western military aid it has been waiting for.

  3. The Indo-Pacific Strategy’s Fatal Blind Spot
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    The Indo-Pacific Strategy’s Fatal Blind Spot

    Mar 20, 2024 Carl Bildt worries that Western strategists are not paying enough attention to the incipient Russia-China axis.

  4. Russia Will Honor Navalny Someday
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    Russia Will Honor Navalny Someday

    Feb 21, 2024 Carl Bildt reflects on the murdered opposition leader’s success in challenging Vladimir Putin’s regime.

  5. Extremism From the River to the Sea
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    Extremism From the River to the Sea

    Jan 23, 2024 Carl Bildt laments the outsize role of one-state chauvinists on both sides of today's Israeli-Palestinian divide.

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    The Dangers of a US Capital Inflow Tax

    Maurice Obstfeld worries that a little-known, highly costly method of deficit reduction is gaining political traction.
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    Europe’s Green Transition Requires More Skilled Workers

    Julie Beaufils urges policymakers to boost the attractiveness of technical vocations by expanding access to apprenticeships.
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    A Monetary and Economic Order Fit for the Twenty-First Century

    Ulrich Volz, et al. identify eight priorities to build a more resilient, inclusive, and sustainable global financial architecture.
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    Putting Africa on the Path to Prosperity

    Mohamed Ould Ghazouani & Ajay Banga urge the G7 to focus on the continent’s future, and on five priorities in particular, at this week’s summit.
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    Anatomy of a Massacre

    Shlomo Ben-Ami

    The 1860 massacre of Christians in Damascus holds useful lessons about what it takes to arrest – and recover from – inter-communal violence. But there is a difference between a pogrom and a genocide, and conflating the two can do more harm than good.

    considers what the 1860 massacre of Christians in Damascus can and cannot teach us about preventing genocide.
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    AI: Hope or Hype?

    Whether generative artificial intelligence will do more harm or good to our families, economies, and societies remains an open question. In devising strategies for harnessing the technology, optimism is undoubtedly warranted, but it should not come at the expense of realism.

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    How Denmark Keeps the Far Right at Bay

    Michael Ehrenreich explains how mainstream parties have neutralized the threat of right-wing populists.
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    How Techno-Libertarians Fell in Love with Big Government

    Quinn Slobodian argues Silicon Valley investors are against the state only insofar as it is not enriching them personally.
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    How Chinese Savings Can Support the Global Green Transition

    Daniel Gros urges the EU to welcome cheap low-carbon goods, such as electric vehicles, from China.

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