Reports | Briefings

China’s global investments: Economic tools for political influence?

September 28, 2018

How does China’s state capitalist govern in Chinese foreign investment? What does increased Chinese investment mean politically and economically to the rest of the world? How should the western world, the EU and Sweden respond to China’s increasing economic and political influence within our own countries and globally? These are some of the key questions addressed in the new […]


A new transatlantic trade policy: How should Trumps tariffs be treated?

June 29, 2018

Donald Trump’s support for American protectionism and the introduction of new customs duties on European steel and aluminum has put the European Union in a difficult political situation. The US and the EU may be well on their way to an escalating trade war, which would cause both economic strain and have an adverse effect […]


Globalization in the era of Protectionism

February 19, 2018

In recent years globalization and free trade have become increasingly questioned. A protectionist trend challenges internationalism, and terms such as “globalist” are used to describe advocates of liberal democracy and market economy. There is a need to remind the world about the advantages of globalization and liberalization of markets both in developing countries and in […]


Lost in the Sea of Peace

January 12, 2018

The discussion of whether Sweden should sign the Nuclear Ban Treaty (NBT) has revealed a deep political divide within the Swedish government. Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist has argued that Sweden’s defense cooperation with other states cannot be jeopardized under any circumstances by signing the NBT, while Foreign Minister Margot Wallström diverges from the government’s security […]


BRIEFING: The position of NATO-membership

November 27, 2017

Should Sweden join NATO? A new poll conducted by Demoskop on behalf of Frivärld shows an increase of support for Swedish membership in NATO. 43.5% of those surveyed answered “Yes” compared to 37% in 2014, with the most dramatic shift occurring among women and red-green voters. This detailed report explains the varying perceptions surrounding Sweden’s […]


BRIEFING: Magnitsky Act

November 21, 2017

Sergej Magnitsky was a lawyer and auditor employed by the investment company Hermitage Capital Management (HCM) co-founded by Bill Browder to investigate a raid conducted by Russian police. Magnitsky discovered large-scale theft and found links between fraud and corruption to high-ranking Russian civil servants. When Magnitsky published these allegations in 2008, he was arrested and […]


The EU and new Turkey

June 13, 2017

April 16, 2017 will go down in history as a symbolic date for Turkey and its relations with Europe. The victory of the public referendum to adopt Turkey’s new constitution exhibits the country’s continued journey towards an authoritarian government under President Erdoğan. Despite the widening gap between the European Union and Turkey, their relationship is […]


Swedish UN Initiative in Mali: Real Challenges and Real Difference

March 14, 2017

In 2014, Sweden sent 250 soldiers to Mali for a mission against Islamic extremism in an ongoing conflict and peacekeeping zone, which has become one of the deadliest UN peacekeeping missions in history. Embedded journalist Annica Ögren reported on the operation in Mali, highlighting the Swedish contingency’s efforts and challenges as separatist and Islamist groups […]


From Model to Warning Sign (in Swedish)

October 5, 2016

Free trade has become one of the most burning political issues in advance of the American presidential election. Using powerful mobilization techniques, different interests try to fuel the increasing skepticism towards free trade in the public eye, specifically free trade agreements. In the report “From Model to Warning Sign – USA and the opposition to […]