Chairman of the ISDP Board & Senior Fellow
Roger Svensson is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Security and Development Policy. He also serves as Chairman of the ISDP Board and is a Senior Advisor to the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Mr. Svensson joined the Institute in January 2010 after having served for fifteen years as Executive Director of STINT, the Swedish Foundation for International Co-operation in Research and Higher Education. From 1992 to 1994 he worked on science policy at the Swedish Ministry of Education and Science, at the end in the position as Assistant Under-Secretary. Before that he held several positions at the now defunct Swedish Council for Planning and Co-ordination of Research as well as working for several Government Commissions.
Mr. Svensson has worked for more or less his whole career in the area of policy for higher education and research – most of the time in an international context. During the late 1970s and early 1980s he was an expert and consultant to the Directorate on Science, Technology and Industry, OECD. In 1993–94 he was Swedish Delegate to the Committee on Science and Technology Policy, also at OECD.
Roger Svensson has a BA degree in political science and history from Uppsala University and pursued for a few years doctoral studies in modern American history at the same university. He spent 1971–72 at the Charles Warren Center, Harvard University.
Publications by Roger Svensson
What’s the Difference, if Any?
The 2012 presidential campaign has shown that there is not much daylight between President Obama and Governor Romney when it comes to foreign policy. The difference is more in tone […]
Europe and the U.S. – Different World Views?
Much newspaper copy, as well as serious analysis, has been spent on extolling the different approaches to foreign and security policy in the United States and in Europe. In this […]
Blindsided – The United States and North African Unrest
For the last fifty years, U.S. foreign policy vis-à-vis Arab and Middle Eastern nations has been dominated by two big issues: the Israeli state and secure access to oil. Even […]
The Limits of “Strategic Patience”
The Obama administration’s policy on North Korea has been declared “strategic patience,” or put in more vulgar words “how to treat a spoiled child.” Essentially, it means that North Korea […]
U.S. Midterm Elections: So, What’s New?
The November 2 midterm elections were in many respects typical. The party holding the Presidency was held responsible for the dismal economy and a very weak job market. The anger […]
Obama on a Roll
In the last month, there has been a flurry of foreign and security policy activities from the Obama administration. These were a nuclear arms deal with Russia, a revised U.S. […]
Obama and Asia
The support in the United States for President Obama has fallen dramatically in the last six months. His job approval rate is now below 50 per cent and there is […]