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Carl Bildt

Carl Bildt

Writing for PS since 2009
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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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. The Axis of Outcasts
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    The Axis of Outcasts

    Sep 18, 2023 Carl Bildt worries about the implications of desperate global pariah states finding common cause.

  4. The Growing Sahel Crisis
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    The Growing Sahel Crisis

    Aug 16, 2023 Carl Bildt sees Niger as another falling domino in a region that is hurtling toward chaos and instability.

  5. The Return of EU Enlargement
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    The Return of EU Enlargement

    Jul 19, 2023 Carl Bildt explains why the accession of Ukraine, Moldova, and the Western Balkan countries is now a strategic imperative.

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    China’s Short-Sighted AI Regulation

    Angela Huyue Zhang assesses a recent court ruling allowing copyright protection for content generated by artificial intelligence.
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    AI’s Copyright Problem Is Fixable

    Mike Loukides & Tim O'Reilly show how to trace the provenance of generative models’ output and compensate human authors accordingly.
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    Better Jobs Mean Better Development

    Dani Rodrik shows why rich and poor countries alike will have to enhance employment and productivity in service sectors.
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    Russian Revanchism Must Be Defeated in Ukraine

    Yuriy Gorodnichenko & Ilona Sologoub say that political infighting in the West is empowering the Kremlin and its allies.
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    The World Needs a Humble Approach to Central Banking

    Jacob Frenkel, et al.

    As advanced-economy central bankers assess their recent policy responses, failures, and lessons learned, they should recognize where others got it right and where they got it wrong. Humility requires nothing less.

    explain why monetary policymakers must accept a deliberately narrow mandate.
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    Though Polish voters in October ousted their right-wing populist government, recent elections in Slovakia and the Netherlands show that populism remains as malign and potent a political force as ever in Europe. But these outcomes also hold important lessons for the United States, where the specter of Donald Trump’s return to the White House haunts the runup to the 2024 presidential election.

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    The Global Economy’s Unsolved Problems

    José Antonio Ocampo offers a sobering assessment of multilateral efforts to tackle debt, development, climate change, and more.
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    Digital Payments Hold the Key to Climate Resilience

    Benjamin E. Diokno urges policymakers and the private sector to embrace the transformative potential of emerging technologies.
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    Pulling the Amazon Back from the Brink

    Carlos Nobre & Marielos Peña-Claros urge policymakers at COP28 to prevent the world’s largest rainforest from crossing perilous tipping points.

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