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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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    Utopia or Bust

    J. Bradford DeLong considers our options for both expanding and effectively slicing the proverbial economic pie.
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    Germany’s Reckoning

    Helmut K. Anheier

    Germany is now grappling with a host of difficult questions about its place in the world, the nature of its politics, and its most cherished values. For a pacifist society in a new age of conflict and war, everything must change if things are to remain the same.

    traces the contours of the country's debate, triggered by the Ukraine war, about its strategic future.
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    Preempting a Generative AI Monopoly

    Diane Coyle urges policymakers to take steps to counter the anti-competitive implications of a rapidly emerging market.
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    Japan’s Strategic Imperative

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr. sees the country doubling down on its best option for ensuring national security and regional stability.
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    China’s Savings Conundrum

    Zhang Jun explains why – and how – the country must stimulate household consumption to achieve a robust recovery.
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    The Flight of the Inflation Hawks

    Though the US Federal Reserve’s first interest-rate hike of 2023 is smaller than those that preceded it, policymakers have signaled that more increases are on the way, despite slowing price growth. But there is good reason to doubt the utility – and fear the consequences – of continued rate hikes, on both sides of the Atlantic.

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    How to Transform African Agriculture

    Safia Boly & Omid Kassiri identify four principles that could help governments across the continent boost food security.
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    Making Ukrainian Victory Possible

    Josep Borrell explains why continued military support and other forms of assistance remain critical.
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    Death or Glory in Russia

    Slavoj Žižek traces the religious and intellectual roots of the Kremlin’s increasingly morbid war propaganda.

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