IntellectInterviews Posts

June 4, 2024 /

In an era marked by misinformation, doubt and distrust, the liberal democracy is being attacked from several directions. Theoretical philosophy professor Åsa Wikforss stands in its defence, as she underlines the fundational elements of a functioning democracy, with knowledge, institutions, free debate and tolerance.

November 13, 2023 /

Swedish author Lena Andersson, known for her sharp and insightful writing, explores the complexities of human behavior in her latest book. She shares her thoughts on identity, gender, self-control and discipline, a meaningful life, as well as the ancient struggle between short-term desires and long-term goals.

August 4, 2023 /

The history of the Balkans and former Yugoslavia is complex. The region consists of different ethnic groups as well as different religions, and it has been war-torn for a significant part of history. Sanimir Resić, a historian with expert knowledge of the region, untangles this complex narrative for us, as well as predicting future scenarios for the ex-Yugoslavia countries.

April 21, 2023 /

“History is a collection of stories with dates” Conn Iggulden was told by his mother growing up. As one of today’s most successful authors in historical fiction, Iggulden has written about the extraordinary lives of Julius Caesar and Genghis Khan. He shares his thoughts on historical accuracy, the balance between facts and fiction, and judging historical icons by today’s morals. Iggulden also analyzes the most formidable fighters to ever live – the Spartans.

March 26, 2023 /

Surrounded by China, Russia, Europe, and the Middle East, lies Central Asia. The region consists of five post-Soviet states that became independent against their will 30 years ago. Johan Engvall, an analyst at the Stockholm Centre for Eastern European Studies, has built up his expertise on these countries over several decades. He describes the current political, economic, and conflictual situation, and predicts how different future scenarios may unfold.

March 15, 2023 /

After Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990, the United Nations decided to intervene and disarm Saddam Hussein and the Iraqi regime. Hans Blix was appointed responsible for the weapons inspections, and while the US military was poised for invasion, Blix had the world’s attention on him. In this interview, he shares his thoughts on the mission, the American invasion and also talks about his new book ‘A Farewell to Wars’.

January 15, 2023 /

One of the most renowned astrophysicists of the 20th century, Martin Rees, shares his thoughts on black holes, quasars, Astrobiology and the search for extraterrestrial life, human space exploration and what the remaining, unsolved mysteries of the Universe are.

December 7, 2022 /

Every year, many lives are ruined by bullying. Maja Frankel is Secretary-General at Friends, an anti-bullying organization, that support schools with knowledge and tools to systematically increase safety and defeat bullying. She describes how big the problem of bullying is, what the research says and what the latest trends in the field are.

October 9, 2022 /

Jan Eliasson is one of the most experienced diplomats in the world, having served as Chairman of the UN General Assembly and the UN Deputy Secretary-General. He published his memoirs earlier this year and it is fascinating to take part of his learnings from a career marked by war and conflict but also with a never-ending hope for peace.

July 14, 2022 /

Sweden was one of the European countries who accepted the most immigrants during the refugee crisis in 2015. Mustafa Panshiri who then worked as a police officer, used his cultural knowledge and language skills from Afghanistan to help many of the young refugees to better understand the written and unwritten rules in Sweden. He now works full time with integration and is a highly regarded public speaker and author.