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Lecture | European Union Seminar

Sweden in NATO and the changing EU security architecture

  • Louise Bonbeck (Swedish Embassy in The Hague)
Friday 12 April 2024
EU Seminar
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has shattered peace in Europe and is causing severe human suffering. So is the war in Gaza. But history has shown that in times like these, the EU has proved its worth. For Sweden, solidarity within the EU is key. And Sweden’s NATO membership on 7 March will be a cornerstone of Sweden’s foreign and security policy. In this talk, Louise Bonbeck reflects on the evolution of Sweden’s security policy, ongoing discussions about the changing security architecture in Europe, and the ways in which Sweden is trying to shape the future of this cooperation.

About the speaker

Louise Bonbeck is currently serving as Minister Counsellor & Deputy Head of Mission at the Swedish Embassy in The Hague. In her long career within the Swedish Government Offices she has served in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs (since 1999) and the Prime Minister´s Office (2005-2006). At the Ministry for Foreign Affairs she has worked as Head of Section for South Asia at the Asia Department and Head of Section for EU Institutional Affairs at the EU Department. She has also worked as a National Expert at the EU Commission in Brussels and at the think tank European Council for Foreign Relations in London. As a diplomat, she has served at the Swedish Permanent EU Representation in Brussels and the Swedish Embassies in London, Kuala Lumpur and The Hague.

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