In the debate on international relations we hear more and more that classic geopolitics has made a comeback. However, a historical difference is that today’s battlegrounds between states are just as economic as they are political or military. Geopolitics and economy are converging.
In the forthcoming report “Towards a Geoeconomic Era? Economic tools as instruments of power in world politics” Erik Brattberg discusses the increasing importance of geoeconomics in international relations. The report illustrates how China, Russia and the West use geoeconomic instruments in their foreign policy as well as what it means for Sweden and Swedish industry.
Erik Brattberg is a Senior Fellow at the McCain Institute for International Leadership in Washington, D.C. Erik has a long background in foreign and security policy analysis and opinion building, and has experience at the Atlantic Council, German Marshall Fund (GMF), Center for Transatlantic Relations, European Policy Centre and the Swedish Institute of International Affairs. His articles have been published in the Washington Post, Foreign Policy, and the Swedish newspapers Dagens Industri and Svenska Dagbladet. Erik comments often in both Swedish and international media. He holds a masters degree in international relations from Georgetown University where he was a Fulbright scholar as well as a masters in political science from Uppsala University.