The Asian Barometer – How Swedes View China, India, and Japan
Events What is the Swedish public’s views of the Asian giants China, India, and Japan? How is cooperation with these countries perceived, and how might public opinion impact the Swedish government’s approach to each country, if at all? Welcome to a discussion of the first-ever survey of Swedish public opinion regarding major Asian countries!
Anime’s Multilayered Transnationality: On Three Types of Globality
Events How does anime rethink globalization and transnationality under neoliberalism? In which ways does anime reflect the problematics of globalization through its media form? And how can a combination of theories from media studies and performance studies be used to create a transformative new lens for analyzing popular media?
The India-China Border Conflict: Local and Regional Implications
Events Tensions between India and China have increased in past years, leading to clashes between the two Asian giants at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Himalayas. Which factors have been driving recent escalations surrounding the LAC, and what steps have been taken to deescalate?
The Shifting Geopolitical Landscape in the MENA region
Events The gradual retreat of the U.S. from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) has allowed Russia, China and regional actors to assert themselves more. In which ways do the changing dynamics correspond to historical trajectories of the MENA region, and what does this shift imply for the prospects of regional stability, democratic governance and human rights?
Germany's Policies Towards Russia and Eastern Europe: Continuity or Change?
What are the historical grounds for Germany’s Ostpolik? What domestic and international factors matter? How is Berlin responding to Moscow’s recent escalation? What are the drivers and constraints and who are the exponents and opponents of a (further) policy shift?
Agents of Globalization? The Roles and Experiences of Foreign Employees in Japanese Organizations
Events How do Japanese companies seek to integrate foreign employees into their organizations, and how do foreign employees strive to become local “insiders” while still leveraging their unique experiences and knowledge?
Iraqis Striving for Change
Events In October 2021, two years after the latest outburst of youth-driven protests started in Iraq, parliamentary elections were held with a remarkably low turnout. A new government is yet to be formed while Iraq’s core problems remain unresolved. In which direction is Iraq heading, and what can the international community do to support positive change?
Towards a World Free of Nuclear Tests: CTBT at 25
Events Why has the number of nuclear tests in the world decreased drastically since 1996? How has the Treaty banning nuclear testing contributed to international peace and security? What are the main challenges to its implementation and more broadly to nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation? What is Sweden’s contribution to this equation?
2021all from 2021
The Ramifications of Covid-19 on Public Health
Events Several countries in the Middle East and North Africa region are currently imposing new restrictions in response to the recent Covid-19 variant Omicron. Since the outbreak in 2020, it has become evident that there are major differences in how states have managed the pandemic.
Youth Identity, Politics and Change in Contemporary Kurdistan
Events In recent weeks, images of migrants stranded at the Belarus-Poland border have gone viral. Among them are thousands of Kurds primarily youth from the autonomous Kurdistan Region of Iraq. What are the grievances of the youth that pushes them to make such a dangerous journey?
Urban Space in Times of Crisis in the MENA Region
Events In recent decades, urban public space has become increasingly contested and regulated in the Middle East. This is especially the case in times of crisis, conflict or revolution. How do such crises shape urban spaces, and what does public space mean for the prospects of peace or political change?
Anime as Political Theory
Events Can anime be approached as a mode of political theory? In the 96th Stockholm Seminar on Japan, Mari Nakamura examines how popular science fiction animation conceptualizes different aspects of emancipation – one of the key concepts in modern political theory.
The Rise of Japan’s Gender Diplomacy and Gender Diplomats
Events Japanese women are becoming the face of Japan overseas. They show demonstrable measures in climbing the professional rank in international organizations such as the United Nations, where they find liberation from the social pressures that persist at home. Will Japan’s global leadership be determined by its most underutilized native resource?
The Ethics of Affect: Lines and Life in a Tokyo Neighborhood
Events In the 94th Stockholm Seminar on Japan, Patrick W. Galbraith presented his new book: The Ethics of Affect: Lines and Life in a Tokyo Neighborhood. This book examines how manga/anime-style characters trigger affect in interactions and relations with their creators and users, who draw and negotiate lines between fiction and reality.
Germany: Foreign Policy After the Election
Events September 26th will see a German federal election which also marks the end of Angela Merkel’s 16 years chancellorship. During her time in office, events such as the Arab spring, the Euro crisis, Brexit, the Trump presidency, and the rise of China have challenged long traditions of German EU- and foreign policy.
Culture and Democracy in the Baltic Sea Region
Events With the aim to inspire and encourage cultural actors to lead the way towards sustainable, resilient democracies in our region, the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS), the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) and the Swedish Institute (SI) organized a livestreamed roundtable discussion on September 12.
COP26: Stepping up climate action?
Events The pandemic forced most large international meetings to be postponed from 2020 to 2021, including the pivotal COP26. Now, after a year and a half of lock downs and economic recession with only months left until the conference: is the world ready to step up ambition and climate action?
The Eastern Partnership: Progress and Prospects
Events The Stockholm Centre for Eastern European Studies (SCEEUS) at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) and the Embassies of Georgia and Lithuania in Sweden invited to a discussion on the Eastern Partnership's progress and prospects.
2020all from 2020
Why Japan Matters: Business Reinvention and Technology Leadership in the Digital Economy
Events Japanese companies are re-emerging as major players in the new digital economy. They have responded to the rise of China and new global competition by moving upstream into advanced components and materials. This new strategy has made Japan the technology anchor for many global supply chains and the country will be an important player in the digital transformation. How has this reinvention occurred and in what ways have Japan’s societal preferences for stability affected the process?
Belarus Between Threats and Opportunities
On November 25, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya and UI's Ola Westerberg and Martin Kragh discussed the situation on Belarus in the webinar "Belarus Between Threats and Opportunities" hosted by the The Embassy of the Republic of Poland in the Kingdom of Sweden and the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in the Kingdom of Sweden.
Elections in Eastern Europe: What Paths Lie Ahead?
UI held a webinar on Georgia’s post-election political landscape. Givi Silagadze, Eto Buziashvili and Per Ekman discussed the upcoming Georgian election and its similarities and differences with recent elections in Belarus and Ukraine.
LGBTIQ Rights and International Actors: perspectives from activism, politics and research
Events In contexts where the rights of LGBTIQ people are attacked by states, religious groups and transnational movements, how can governments and international actors responsibly and effectively support LGBTIQ activists in their struggle for equal rights?
Hanating 2020 The Future of Nordic Cooperation in Foreign and Security Policy
Events The military cooperation between Sweden and Finland is often highlighted as exemplary while less attention is paid to the civil cooperation in societal security and civil defence as conducted and planned at present already. At the same time, we stand on the threshold of a new and changed threat that requires new cross-border cooperation in societal security as can be clearly seen not least in the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
Tracing Intersections of COVID-19: Gender, Water and Armed Conflicts
Events The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the world and provided an opportunity to press the re-set button on water crises and gender inequalities. Although women and girls are affected disproportionally, especially in water-scarce parts of the world impacted by armed violence, women play a central role in emergency response, both at the household level as water providers and at the community level through women-led organizations.
The International Law Perspective on the Israel-Palestine Conflict
Events In this seminar, distinguished legal experts discussed and elaborated on the relevance of international law to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and what the legal assessment of the various political developments and initiatives would be.
2019all from 2019
Behind the headlines: The protests in Hong Kong
Events Ignited by an extradition bill that would have allowed criminal suspects to be extradited to mainland China, protests have been carried out in Hong Kong since this summer, rallying hundreds of thousands of people. Although the bill has been withdrawn, the protests have continued until this day. What do the protesters aim for, and what are the underlying reasons for the demonstrations?
2018All from 2018
Order in and beyond Europe
Events The liberal democratic norms in Europe are currently under stress. On a global level the norms, institutions and practices that make up the liberal world order are also increasingly challenged. How will European integration be affected by these times of contested norms? Moreover, how does the EU’s internal struggle affect its role in the world?
2015All from 2015
Intelligent Foreign Policy: Panel 1.
Events On December 11 2015, the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) together with the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS), arranged a discussion on information exchange, early warning and sense-making for smarter EU action on the foreign policy arena.
2014All from 2014
Democracy and the Right to Know - The Role of Global Media
Events On December 1, 2014 the Right Livelihood Award Foundation and the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) arranged a seminar with Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger, one of the 2014 Right Livelihood Award Laureates, and Peter Wolodarski, Dagens Nyheter editor-in-chief.