Project Description

Carl Bildt

​Chairman, European Council on Foreign Relations; Minister for Foreign Affairs (2006 – 2014), Sweden

Mr. Carl Bildt has served as both Prime Minister (1991-1994) and Foreign Minister (2006-2014) of Sweden.

During the first period his government initiated major liberal economic reforms, as well as negotiated and signed membership agreement with the European Union.

Subsequent to his domestic political experience, he undertook a number of international functions with the EU and UN, primarily related to the conflicts in the Balkans.

Specifically, Mr. Bildt co-chaired the Dayton peace talks on Bosnia and became the first High Representative to the country. Later, he was the Special Envoy of UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to the region.

Returning to government in 2006-14, he became one of the most prominent and vocal of European foreign ministers during those years.  He was one of the initiators of EU’s Eastern Partnership, and pushed for a new European Global Strategy.