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Carl Bildt

Carl Bildt

Writing for PS since 2009
126 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. A Hillbilly Elegy for Ukraine and the West
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    A Hillbilly Elegy for Ukraine and the West

    Jul 23, 2024 Carl Bildt considers the disastrous implications of US vice-presidential nominee J.D. Vance’s worldview.

  2. What the Next EU Leadership Must Do
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    What the Next EU Leadership Must Do

    Jun 21, 2024 Carl Bildt offers a broad outline of the bloc's biggest challenges following this month's European Parliament election.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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    How the G20 Could Help Eliminate Hunger and Extreme Poverty

    Kevin Watkins urges the group’s members to harness their economic and political power to advance shared development targets.
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    A Hillbilly Elegy for Ukraine and the West

    Carl Bildt considers the disastrous implications of US vice-presidential nominee J.D. Vance’s worldview.
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    We Are All Biomass

    Slavoj Žižek sees our shared environmental predicament as a stronger basis for solidarity than appeals to compassion.
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    Mordecai Kurz on market power, Big Tech, antitrust, and more

    Mordecai Kurz explains how technology firms abuse patent law to establish and preserve monopolies, criticizes the US Supreme Court’s approach to market power, sheds light on the relationship between innovation and inequality, and more.
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    Biden Rejects the Drug of Power

    Nina L. Khrushcheva

    Joe Biden's decision to drop out of the presidential race reflects a humility that is far more likely to be found among democratic leaders than authoritarians. But as Donald Trump has shown – with his efforts to overturn the 2020 election and his vow to be a dictator “on day one” – such humility is never guaranteed.

    praises the US president for stepping aside to let a younger candidate take over.
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    Impunity for Authoritarians Fuels Political Violence

    Maciej Kisilowski explains why allowing corrupt leaders to evade justice can stoke public fear and discontent.
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    As Disinformation Thrives, Democracy Dies

    Nishant Lalwani, et al. argue that increased aid for independent media is necessary to defend press freedom in the developing world.
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    The Dead Hand of Neoliberalism Is Blocking Green Growth

    Laura Carvalho sees rich countries pursuing industrial strategies while poorer countries are prevented from following suit.
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    Will the Democrats Win After Biden’s Withdrawal?

    Richard Haass

    US President Joe Biden’s decision to drop out of the 2024 presidential race has revived the Democrats’ chances of victory. Given the profound differences between the two parties, it is difficult to exaggerate just how much is at stake when Americans vote this November.

    explains how the new Democratic nominee could get out from under the shadow of an unpopular president.

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