Elliott School of International Affairs1957 E St NW
This event will focus on Sweden’s foreign and security policy: how a medium-sized, highly internationalized, but militarily non-aligned country in Northern Europe builds security and prosperity; why multilateralism is important to Sweden; and why a rules-based international order isn’t just a “buzz word,” but something existential. Ambassador Olofsdotter will talk about why the European Union is Sweden’s main foreign policy platform and what EU membership has brought to both Sweden and Europe. In addition, she will discuss the importance of increased cooperation between the EU and the US when responding to joint challenges.
Her Excellency Karin Olofsdotter took up her post as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Sweden to the United States of America on September 1, 2017. Before her assignment to Washington, DC, she served as Director-General for Trade at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Sweden since September 1, 2016. Ambassador Olofsdotter also previously held the position of Deputy Director-General and Head of the Department for Promotion of Sweden, Trade and CSR in Stockholm. Ms. Olofsdotter served as Sweden’s Ambassador to Hungary from 2011 to August 2014. Between 2008 and 2011, she served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the Swedish Embassy in Washington DC, where she was responsible for coordinating work at the Embassy. She entered the Foreign Service in 1994, and served as Chief of Staff to several Swedish Foreign Ministers and as Director of the Ministers Office in Stockholm before joining the Embassy in Washington.