Articles by: "Carl Bildt"
The dangerous Balkan standstill

With two decades of war in Afghanistan coming to the grimmest of possible ends, it is worth remembering that three decades have now passed since war came to the Balkans. Both are case studies in …

What to do about Gaza

Gaza has long been one of those geopolitical problems that everyone wishes would just disappear. Israel, certainly, would prefer to seal off the Palestinian enclave—both from its own territory and from its collective mind. And …

Humanity’s Covid test

With ‘vaccine nationalism’ intensifying by the day, the global effort to end the Covid-19 pandemic is at risk of faltering. As of mid-March, the coronavirus has infected approximately 120 million people globally, causing around 2.6 …

Ending the forever war in Afghanistan

Speaking in Kabul on 14 February on the 32nd anniversary of the Soviet Union’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, the country’s president, Ashraf Ghani, made an important distinction. The civil war that devastated Afghanistan after the withdrawal …

Bosnia’s imperfect peace, 25 years on

At a US Air Force base in Ohio 25 years ago, the European continent’s most devastating war since 1945 came to an end with the Dayton Agreement. After three and a half years, the war …

Competition heats up in the Arctic

Whether we are heading for a future of cooperation or of increasing confrontation in the Arctic remains to be seen. But it’s already clear that the region will command far more attention than it has …

Europe’s digital emergency

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen offered an upbeat assessment in her first annual policy report to the European Parliament this month. Clearly, the agreement this summer on an unprecedented €750 billion recovery fund …

The Armenian model for Belarus

With Belarusians taking to the streets in unprecedented numbers and refusing to be cowed by state violence, it is obvious that Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has failed in his bid to steal another election and …

Secular Turkey at a crossroads

By reconverting the Hagia Sophia into a mosque and holding celebratory prayers there for the cameras, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan seems keen to divert attention from the fact that his country is entering a …

How Europe can live with China

In an age of escalating tension between the United States and China, will the European Union still have room to manoeuvre in pursuit of its own interests? That will be a key question for EU …