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Carl Bildt

Carl Bildt

Writing for PS since 2009
121 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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Putin’s Dead-End
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    Putin’s Dead-End

    Dec 19, 2023 Carl Bildt thinks the Russian leader's war against Ukraine is still destined to fail, irrespective of what America does.

  4. There Is Only One Way Forward in Gaza
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    There Is Only One Way Forward in Gaza

    Nov 20, 2023 Carl Bildt argues that the choice for Israelis and Palestinians has always been a two-state solution or eternal war.

  5. After Gaza
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    After Gaza

    Oct 18, 2023 Carl Bildt insists that now is the time to discuss the scenarios that may follow Israel's anticipated ground operation.

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    The Drums of US-China Cyber War

    Stephen S. Roach worries that irrational Sinophobia has become America's new bipartisan political orthodoxy.
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    Japan as Number Four

    Takatoshi Ito hopes the news that the economy has slipped from third place globally will serve as a wake-up call.
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    The Financial March to War

    Harold James explains how currency wars and speculation could feature in today’s great-power conflicts.
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    A Stablecoin Pilot in China?

    Andrew Sheng & Xiao Geng see an opportunity in Hong Kong’s efforts to establish a regulatory regime for issuers of the cryptoasset.
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    The War for the West

    Ivan Krastev interviewed by Sławomir Sierakowski

    Although the events of the last two years amount to a clear strategic failure for Russian President Vladimir Putin, it is equally clear that the West became overly confident after Ukraine's battlefield successes in 2022. Now, a strategic re-calibration may be in order.

    about the conflict in Ukraine and the challenges facing Western democracies in a changing world.
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    An Antidote to the Polarization Poison

    Ngaire Woods suggests how policymakers can foster a sense of solidarity among people of different political creeds.
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    How America’s CHIPS Act Hurts Taiwan

    Chang-Tai Hsieh, et al. worry that US inducements are luring the world’s top semiconductor manufacturer down a dead end.
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    Will the US Economy Drive Global Growth this Year?

    Mohamed A. El-Erian

    Despite rosy forecasts, the US economy faces powerful headwinds that call into question its ability to serve as the world’s main growth driver. These challenges are compounded by domestic and geopolitical uncertainties that have not been reflected in market valuations and economic assessments.

    explains why economists and investors are far too optimistic about America’s near-term prospects.
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    The US Is Jeopardizing the Open Internet

    Natalie Dunleavy Campbell & Stan Adams condemn America’s apparent decision to abandon its role as a champion of a free digital domain.

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