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Carl Bildt

Carl Bildt

Writing for PS since 2009
108 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. Post-Putin Possibilities
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    Post-Putin Possibilities

    Jan 18, 2023 Carl Bildt doubts that the Russian leader's ultra-centralized, top-down regime can survive the war he started.

  2. Can India Fulfill Its Potential?
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    Can India Fulfill Its Potential?

    Dec 19, 2022 Carl Bildt explains what the world’s largest democracy will need to do to catch up to China economically.

  3. How China Will Achieve Hegemony
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    How China Will Achieve Hegemony

    Nov 17, 2022 Carl Bildt notes that the country continues to build its trade and economic relations while America falls behind.

  4. The Great Chips War
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    The Great Chips War

    Oct 18, 2022 Carl Bildt considers the implications of sweeping new US restrictions on semiconductor sales to China.

  5. 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.

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    The New European Frontier

    Giulio Boccaletti

    Given this summer's climate-driven disasters, one might think that the European political system would be devising comprehensive adaptation plans. But, despite some steps in the right direction, Europeans are only just waking up to the constitutional implications of a changing physical environment.

    thinks a changing climate will force the European Union finally to embrace its political nature.
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    The Poverty of Anti-Capitalism

    Harold James considers recent arguments against markets, globalization, and growth, finding them to be deeply flawed.
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    How Not to Fight Inflation

    Joseph E. Stiglitz sees little upside and much downside to further monetary-policy tightening by the US Federal Reserve.
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    Who Is Part of the Free World?

    Anne-Marie Slaughter urges US President Joe Biden to abandon a phrase that is better left in the twentieth century.
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    Realism About Techno-Optimism

    Gernot Wagner laments that public debate about climate solutions is long on political grandstanding and short on nuance.
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    PS Commentators Respond: Could the “Chinese Century” Belong to India?

    From demographics to trade to GDP growth, China is currently struggling precisely where India seems to be thriving. At a time when the global economy’s center of gravity is shifting to Asia, we asked PS commentators whether India’s rising star will soon outshine China’s.

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    Why Industrial Policy Is Back

    Ricardo Hausmann explains why economic theory has finally begun to catch up with centuries of economic practice.
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    Patriots in Name Only

    Richard K. Sherwin considers the implications of the Republican Party's challenge to the state's power to make and enforce law.
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    Assassinated Are the Peacemakers?

    Nina L. Khrushcheva highlights the grave risks that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky would incur by negotiating with Russia.

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