Beginning May 1 Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein, master student at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C., and Sara Norrevik, Ph.D. student in security policy at the State University of New York at Buffalo, will be the first fellows linked to the Stockholm Free World Forum.
– The Stockholm Free World Forum’s fellowship program gives academics, opinion builders and experts the opportunity to contribute to our platform. I am proud to be able to launch the program by connecting two such talented writers and debaters to our mission, said Katarina Tracz, director of the Stockholm Free World Forum.
– I look forward to becoming an active voice in the Swedish debate about the development in countries like China, Japan and North- and South Korea, and how these countries impact Sweden’s global interests. The Stockholm Free World Forum has had an immense impact and contributed to a new dynamic in the Swedish foreign policy debate, and I look forward to being a part of this discussion as a fellow, said Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein.
– It is very exciting to become a fellow for the Stockholm Free World Forum after having worked with the think tank in various contexts since 2012. The freedoms and rights that lay the groundwork for our society cannot be taken for granted and the Stockholm Free World Forum allows a broad range of voices to support and stand up for these principles, said Sara Norrevik.
Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein will begin his Ph.D. 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.
Sara Norrevik is a Fulbright scholar and Ph.D. 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.
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