Director, Northern Europe, Future Europe Initiative
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December 11, 2018On December 11, 2018, the Atlantic Council Northern Europe Office and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, in collaboration with the Latvian Embassy in Sweden, organized a high-level, public international conference on ’The European Defence and Security Dimension in Northern Europe’. The conference brought…
December 06, 2018On December 6 the Atlantic Council Northern Europe Office, in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Stockholm, organized a seminar titled ”NATO at 70: How to Navigate in A Turbulent World”. The seminar was attended by…
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September 06, 2018The Swedish elections on September 9 could set the country on a path to joining NATO as a full member. Opinion polls do not show a clear winner in the elections. Neither the center-left Red-Green coalition government, that has run…
She concurrently serves as secretary general of the Swedish Defence Association, a non-political NGO which for more than 125 years has promoted knowledge on defence and security among the Swedish public. She is an experienced manager, moderator, and commentator who has published extensively. Her expertise covers security and defence policy, NATO and PfP, the transatlantic link, and defence industry issues. Wieslander has a strong background from the public and private sector. From 2013 to 2016 she was deputy director at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs, a leading think tank on foreign policy in Sweden, where she also headed the communications department. From 2003 to 2008 she held the position as head of Speaker’s Office at the Swedish Parliament. From 1996 to 2003 she held various positions at the Swedish Defence Ministry including: secretary of the Swedish Defence Commission; deputy director; and head of section responsible for NATO and Partnership for Peace, France, and Great Britain. In 1995, she conducted the Government Offices Trainee Program. Wieslander has also held positions as international affairs director at Saab, communications director at Carlsberg Sweden (2011-12), and at the Swedish Postcode Lottery (2008-10), and as such been part of corporate top management. She started her career as a newspaper journalist in Sweden in 1987. She is a member of the board of Institute for Security and Development Policy (ISDP), a Stockholm-based think tank with a focus on Central Asia and Asia. She holds an IB exam from United World College of the American West (1987), a BA degree in journalism from Gothenburg University (1990), and a MA degree in political science from Lund University (1995). She is a PhD candidate in international relations at Lund University, and has pursued doctoral studies at University of California at Berkeley. She is a 2015 alumni of the Georgetown University Leadership Seminar.