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May 16, 2017

His Excellency Peter Hultqvist joined the Johns Hopkins SAIS community for a discussion on European security and transatlantic relations. Hultqvist gave an overview of longstanding ties between the US and Sweden, noting that the nations share a commitment to respect for human rights, democracy, and the international order established after World War II.

Sweden has undertaken many responsibilities for the global good, Hultqvist said. The nation is currently working to deepen its international rel...

January 26, 2015

This is a repost from www.fpri.org.

“I am a very old man, and I have lived through almost the entire century,” wrote Isaiah Berlin in his 1994 essay, “A Message to the 21st Century.”[1] The 85-year old British political philosopher looked back at the carnage of the previous decades, and forward to the promise of a new millennium. The crimes of Genghis Khan “pale into insignificance next to the Russian Revolution and its aftermath: the oppression, torture, murder that can be laid at the doors of L...

June 4, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s May 20-21 visit to China, which culminated in the signing of a 30-year, $400 billion gas deal, offered Russia an opportunity to reduce its international isolation resulting from the crisis in Ukraine. As during previous periods of post-Cold War tension with the West, Russia aims to use its “strategic partnership” with China to gain leverage over the United States and its Western partners. Some commentators argue that the deal represents a new level of Russia-Ch...

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