Articles by: "Carl Bildt"
Can Europe sustain the Macron moment?

At the start of 2017, many feared that the European project would experience a near-breakdown within the next year. The United Kingdom had decided to leave the European Union, the United States had elected a …

The Pandora’s box of the digital age

Is the world sliding dangerously towards cyber Armageddon? Let us hope not; but let us also apprehend the threat, and focus on what to do about it. One country after another has begun exploring options …

The only way forward on North Korea

Could the world soon witness another devastating war on the Korean peninsula? That question looms large in many conversations these days. Of course, concerns about the North Korean regime’s nuclear-weapons program are nothing new. The …

Redefining Europe, and Europeans

Traveling through Germany in the run-up to its federal election on 24 September, one cannot help but be struck by the lingering signs of profound trauma from the 2015 refugee crisis. Suddenly and virtually without …

The wrong way to prevent nuclear war

A vast majority of countries want to eliminate the existential threat of nuclear catastrophe, and rightly so. But achieving a world free of nuclear weapons is easier said than done, and there is a risk …

Turkey’s year of turmoil

It has been one year since the failed coup in Turkey, and questions about the country’s future still abound. Last year’s attempted coup was nothing if not dramatic. Mutinous F-16 fighters bombed the Turkish parliament, …

Keeping the Balkan ghosts at bay

European Union leaders have suddenly awoken to new realities in the Balkans. At a recent summit, they emphasised the need for increased EU engagement to maintain stability—and to push back against Russian influence—in the region. …

Russia’s imperial instinct

Russia is once again at the center of policy debates in many Western capitals. And for the third time in a row, a new US president will start his administration with ambitions to improve bilateral …

Obama’s chance for Middle East peace

Next year marks the centennial of the Balfour Declaration, the British statement that paved the way for Israel’s founding in 1948, and for the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, as well as the larger …

Taking Turkey seriously

Istanbul, in western Turkey, is one of Europe’s great cities. As Constantinople, it was the capital of the Roman and Byzantine Empires, and after its capture and renaming by Mehmed II in 1453, it served …

More Europe, less Brussels

The failed coup in Turkey has reminded us—as though a reminder was needed—of the once-inconceivable stability that the European Union has brought to Europe. But if the post-Brexit EU is to survive, it’ll need to …

Britain at sea

In the early 1960s, former US Secretary of State Dean Acheson famously quipped that the United Kingdom had lost an empire, and not yet found a role. Afterwards, successive British leaders tried to change that, …