Sweden’s foreign and security policies underwent dramatic transformations following the end of the Cold War. ASF Visiting Lecturer and Swedish Institute of International Affairs Senior Research Fellow Jan Joel Andersson draws upon his research to examine Sweden’s evolving role in world politics.

From being a neutral country that emphasized contributions to the U.N. peacekeeping missions, today Sweden is an extraordinarily close partner to N.A.T.O and the U.S. in areas such as Afghanistan and the Balkans, and together with Norway and Denmark, was among the few European countries that contributed military assets in the N.A.T.O-led campaign in Libya this past summer.

About the ASF Visiting Lecturer:

Dr. Jan Joel Andersson is Senior Research Fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI). He is Head of UI’s program on Defense, Security, and Development Policy. After completing his PhD at the University of California at Berkeley in December 2002, Dr. Andersson joined UI as a Research Fellow focusing on European and Transatlantic security and defense. He served as UI’s Program Director in charge of the Institute’s seminars, conferences, and external relations between August 2006 and September 2010 while concurrently serving as Head of UI’s Transatlantic Program.

Dr. Andersson has previously taught International Relations at Berkeley, Stockholm, and Uppsala; has served as Senior Analyst and consultant at the risk management firm 4C Strategies AB; has been a visiting Research Fellow at the Institute for Security Studies in Paris (EU-ISS), and worked on the staff of a U.S. Senator on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.



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MON – 4-16-2012 – 6:30 PM