Klara Fredriksson

Three Years of Feminist Foreign Policy – What Difference Does It Make?

On the third of October 2014, Sweden made history. In a surprisingly sunny Stockholm, the newly appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs, Margot Wallström, proclaimed the first explicitly feminist foreign policy in the world. This subject was nothing new for the minister, who had recently served as the Special Representative of …

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Mr Al-Sisi, we need to talk about human rights

Since taking power in 2013, the president of Egypt, Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi has been criticised for violent repressions of oppositions and of minorities. Despite the protests of human rights organizations, he continues to seem untouchable. Egypt has been exposed to multiple political changes since the Revolution began in Tahrir Square …

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Managing the Russian threat: Finland’s 100 years of independence

Finland, the small Nordic nation situated in the shadow of Russia, celebrated its 100th birthday last week. More specifically, Finland celebrated 100 years of being independent from its eastern neighbour. During its century of liberty, Finland has become talented at maintaining strong ties with the Western world while simultaneously having …

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An Interview with the Australian Ambassador to Sweden

On 28th November 2017, I had the opportunity to interview Jonathan Kenna, Australian Ambassador to Sweden, following on from an event where members of UPF were able to ask the Ambassador questions, especially pertaining to Australia’s new Foreign Policy White Paper. I asked him a few questions regarding recent domestic …

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Nobody likes a fake

What initially jumps to mind when you first hear the words ‘Donald Trump’ muttered? For the majority it is probably finger pointing, narcissism, lip puckering and long-winded tweets, having us wishfully thinking Twitter might shorten the word count. However, it could be suggested that it will not be long before …

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Trumping reality: How the resistance movement is paving a brighter path

For many, the days after the 2016 US presidential election were spent mourning what was lost, and dreading what lay ahead. Yet, despite a general worldwide despair over Trump’s unexpected win, not all the consequences of this victory are discouraging. It has spurred a nationwide political uproar against Trump’s rhetoric …

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New dunes in Saudi Arabia

“You can look at these ancient hills and see nothing. Or, you can see nothing to hold you back.” The sandy landscape of the strictly religious desert nation of Saudi Arabia rolls across the screen. “This is the opportunity you need to write humanity’s next chapter. Neom.” The dramatic video …

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A brighter path forward – How street lights create safety today while risking increased use of coal

Looking at a map of the world at night most of it is cast in darkness, but there are clusters of light. Mostly concentrated in Europe, the US, India, the coasts of China, and some of the Gulf countries, we can see the light pollution from cities filled with street …

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“I’m not optimistic, but I’m hopeful”: the future from a human rights perspective

It is raining as usual, which brings on a gloomy feeling as I am walking towards the Raoul Wallenberg Institute to see if there is a brighter future for human rights. But once greeted by Morten Kjaerum, who is sitting in his office at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute in Lund, …

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Norway: Environmental Paragon or Charlatan?

The signing of the Paris Climate Accord last year is probably the boldest global statement ever made to tackle climate change. And, with much press coverage of how the United States could become the only country in the world not party to the accord, perhaps another nation could become the …

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