Katarina Tracz has been working at the Stockholm Free World Forum (SFWF) since it was founded in 2011. She possesses wide experience in foreign and security policy analysis, focusing particularly on security in the Nordic-Baltic region. She is an active contributor to the debate on foreign and security policy in Swedish and international media, and has published several reports, articles and OP-EDs in major Swedish newspapers. Besides working for SFWF, she is an International Research Fellow at the McCain Institute for International Leadership in Washington DC. Katarina is the author of the book The Sea of Peace? Increased Tensions Around the Baltic Sea, which was released in June 2015.
Viktor is the Stockholm Free World Forum’s intern during the fall semester of 2017. He will graduate from the bachelor’s program in peace and conflict studies from Lund’s University in 2018. His studies have been oriented towards the breakdown of democracy in Poland, Venezuela and Hungary.
Erik Thyselius (b. 1989) has a bachelor in political science and a degree in journalism from Uppsala university. He has written editorials for a number of conservative newspapers, among them are Nya Wermlands-Tidningen, Smålandposten, Barometern and Svenska Dagbladet. His bachelor-thesis “In the Eye of the Storm- An Evaluation of the German Parties Stances to the ESM and the Fiscal-Compact”, analyzed how the different political parties in the Bundestag described the Euro crisis. He takes a special interest in matters concerning the future of the EU and German domestic- and foreign politics.
Tom Olefors is a student at the Swedish Defence University and will graduate from the bachelor’s programme in political science in 2017. His bachelor thesis focuses on political globalization comparing the regional integration processes in Europe and South America. Tom is also a board member of HoF, an LBGT organization related to the Swedish Armed Forces.
Max Eskilsson has a bachelors degree in political science from Lund University and is currently studying political science at the masters level, also at Lund. His bachelor thesis was about how populism and nationalism are expressed today, using three Nordic political parties as examples. Max was a student of the Foreign Policy Academy in 2015 and is engaged with international issues for the student association for the Center Party.
Johanna Nyman was an intern for the Stockholm Free World Forum during spring 2016. She holds a law degree from Uppsala University and has previously interned for the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as studied EU law at the University of Antwerp for a semester. Johanna wrote her master thesis on lobbyist’s influence on international trade agreements, particularly focusing on TTIP. In the summer of 2016 Johanna was awarded the Stockholm Free World Forum’s Europastipendium, a scholarship she is currently using to study EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies at the College of Europe.
Elin Castlin was Stockholm Free World Forum’s intern during fall 2015. She double majored in political science and national economics at Stockholm University, and took political science courses in Spanish during a semester abroad at Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Elin has previously been engaged with strengthening youth influence at the municipality level and been active in the Liberal Party.
Sanna Moberg was an intern during the 2014 spring semester.
Rebecca Hjelm was an intern during the 2012 autumn semester.
Mårten Torson Lindberg
Mårten Torson Lindberg was an intern during the 2012 autumn semester.
Nicole Clifford was a Project Assistant at the Stockholm Free World Forum for summer 2015 as well as intern during the 2015 spring semester, before graduating from Uppsala University with a masters degree in political science. She has experience in American politics and public policy but also has a special interest in Swedish politics and the political situation in Vietnam. Her master’s thesis was on changes in Swedish governance networks during the policymaking process. Nicole worked in Washington D.C. for three years and has been both an intern and a staffer for two Congressmen from California, where she was born.
Nicole Clifford is a political scientist and former congressional staffer for the U.S. House of Representatives. She frequently appears in Swedish media to comment on American politics and transatlantic issues and has contributed to Svenska Dagbladet’s foreign and security policy blog Säkerhetsrådet. She is a former intern and project assistant for the Stockholm Free World Forum. Nicole holds a masters degree in political science from Uppsala University, where she wrote her thesis on changes in Swedish policy networks during the legislative process.
Emelie Roos is a Fulbright scholar at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Washington, D.C. She has previously worked as a foreign policy administrator at the Moderate Party’s parliamentary offices and as a Research Assistant at the OSCE in Vienna. Emelie is a Huffington Fellow at the Georgetown Institute for the Study of Diplomacy and regularly contributes as a guest writer for the Swedish daily newspaper Svenska Dagbladet. Emelie has a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the Swedish Defense University and her research interests include European security policy, democracy and freedom of expression issues and transatlantic security. She is also an editor for Svenska Dagbladet’s security policy blogg Säkerhetsrådet together with the Stockholm Free World Forum’s chairman Mats Johansson.
Sara Norrevik is a Fulbright scholar and PhD student in security policy at the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is a board member for the Swedish-Atlantic Council. Sara has previously worked as a political advisor at the Swedish Ministry of Defense and her research interests are international security cooperation as well as American politics.
Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein
Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein will begin his PhD studies in history at University of Pennsylvania this fall, where he will focus on East Asian and North Korean political history. Benjamin has previously served as Special Adviser at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs for Ms. Gunilla Carlsson, former Minister for International Development Cooperation. He has also worked as an editorial writer at Svenska Dagbladet, where he continues to appear as a guest writer. He is also co-author of the book Images from North Korea together with Villy Bergström, a former vice-deputy of the Swedish Reserve Bank. His work has appeared in publications such as Jane’s Intelligence Review, North Korean Review and The Diplomat. Benjamin holds a B.A. in political science from Stockholm University and a language diploma in Korean from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul.