Grant recipient, politician and author Olle Wästberg with two books recently released in Sweden

In 1982, the Swedish politician, author and diplomat Olle Wästberg received the fund’s travel grant for a travel “[t]o study the debate on and practice of social responsibility in business.”


Wästberg’s book Den hotade demokratin – Så kan den räddas i populismens tid (2021) examines how populism poses a threat to the Swedish democracy (and to other democracies) and how we can protect our democracy from extremism. 

His recently published book, I tidens skugga (2022), is a memoir that covers Wästberg’s broad-ranging background as an opinion leader. He has been a member of the Swedish parliament and a board member for the Swedish liberal party Folkpartiet (today Liberalerna) for no less than 30 years; he was the State Secretary in the Ministry of Finance; Editor-in-Chief for the Swedish news paper Expressen; Consul General in New York; Director General of the Swedish Institute, responsible for international dissemination of knowledge about Raoul Wallenberg for 100 years.

Lunch with our grant recipient Nancy Snow

From the left: Anna Kläppe (Policy Expert Centerpartiet), Nina Åkestam Wikner (author & DEI Specialist), Annika Rembe (Sweden’s previous Consul General New York), Nancy Snow (Ph.D., International Relations and Professor of Public Diplomacy at Kyoto University of Foreign Studies in Japan), and Anna Rosvall Stuart (Executive Director, The Sweden-America Foundation)

2020 grant recipient Nancy Snow came to Sweden to discuss Feminist Foreign Policy.

Elisabeth Kolbert interviewed in SvD Kultur

The Swedish journalist Malin Ekman has talked with our 1993 grant recipient Elizabeth Kolbert’s about Kolbert’s new book Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future. Elizabeth Kolbert has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1999 and she has previously won the Pulitzer Price for her book The Sixth Extinction.

”Smärtsamt att inte kunna säga till barnen att allt blir bra”

Ylva Mårtens reviewed in Dagens Nyheter

1998 grant recipient Ylva Mårtens’s book Vi måste börja med barnen (We Have to Start with the Children) is reviewed in Dagens Nyheter. Learn more.

Elizabeth Kolbert visits Sweden

1993 grant recipient Elizabeth Kolbert will visit Sweden on March 23, 2020 to speak at Medborgarskolan. Elizabeth Kolbert has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1999. Learn more.

“Trump, trade wars and metal: Why steel and nationalism remain synonymous – and why this threatens the Western order – in a world of composite drones.”

2019 grant recipient Michael Cowden writes about fossil-free steel for Fastmarkets AMM. Learn more.

“A comparative approach to marriage and intimate relationships in Sweden and the United States”

2018 grant recipient Irin Carmon’s project, “A comparative approach to marriage and intimate relationships in Sweden and the United States”, is featured as the cover story of the October 8, 2018 issue of Time. Learn more.