Languages: Swedish, English, French
Areas of Expertise: European foreign policy, conflict and crisis management, state-building, counter-piracy, South Caucasus, and Western Balkans
Fredrik Wesslau is Director of the Wider Europe Programme and senior policy fellow at ECFR. He has spent the past decade working for the EU, OSCE, and UN on conflicts and crisis management in the Balkans, South Caucasus, and Africa. He served as political adviser to the EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus with a particular focus on the Russia-Georgia conflict between 2008 and 2011. Prior to that he spent several years in Kosovo where he worked for the OSCE and UN, including as Special Adviser to the UN SRSG.Most recently, Fredrik worked on Africa as Country Representative for an EU counter-piracy mission operating off the Horn of Africa and as political adviser to the EUSR for Sudan and South Sudan.
Fredrik is the author of The Political Adviser's Handbook and has previously worked as a journalist, writing mainly for the International Herald Tribune.
He has masters degrees from Columbia University (SIPA) and Sciences Po Paris and an Bachelour's degree in international relations from the London School of Economics.
Fredrik Wesslau - 05 December 2016
The new axis between Trump’s America, Putin’s Russia, and European populists represents a toxic mix for the liberal order in Europe.
28th November, 2016
Donald Trump's presidency will be the end of global politics as we know it. Fredrik Wesslau, Director of ECFR's Wider Europe Programme and senior policy fellow, Fyodor Lukyanov, Editor-in-Chief of Russia in Global Affairs journal and Academic Director of Valdai, and Kadri Liik, senior policy fellow at ECFR weigh in on what Trump's election might mean for US-Russia relations, Europe's relationship with Russia and the end of the Post-Cold War era. The podcast was recorded on 24 November 2016.
Fredrik Wesslau - 14 October 2016
Given Russia’s multiple moves to up the ante in recent weeks, Stockholm sees no reason for the EU to change direction.
Fredrik Wesslau - 15 September 2016
Sweden has much to lose from a hard divorce.
The future of Europe’s relations with Russia looks bleak as the Kremlin pursues an increasingly aggressive foreign policy.
by Francisco de Borja Lasheras, with Vessela Tcherneva and Fredrik Wesslau - 21st March, 2016
Donald Trump's presidency will be the end of global politics as we know it. Fredrik Wesslau, Director of ECFR's Wider Europe Programme and senior policy fellow, Fyodor Lukyanov, Editor-in-Chief of Russia in Global Affairs journal and Academic Director of Valdai, and Kadri Liik, senior policy fellow at ECFR weigh in on what Trump's election might mean for US-Russia relations, Europe's relationship with Russia and the end of the Post-Cold War era. The podcast was recorded on 24 November 2016.Listen online
ECFR’s director Mark Leonard speaks with experts Andrew Wilson, Fredrik Wesslau and Gustav Gressel, about rising tensions between Russia and Ukraine in the Donbass, the Minsk agreement, and whether European sanctions on Russia should be renewed. The podcast was recorded on 30 August 2016.
Enough said: What’s gone wrong with the language of politics by Mark Thompson
The decline of the West by Oswald Sprengler
Ukraine crisis: What it means for the West by Andrew Wilson
The Ukrainians: Unexpected Nation by Andrew WilsonListen online
How will Russia and Europe’s eastern neighbours look 14 years from now? What key trends will play out in Russia and Eastern Europe? What sort of events could throw them off course? What the EU should do about this? Nicu Popescu, Senior Analyst at EUISS, and Andrew Wilson, ECFR Senior Policy Fellow, discuss ECFR’s recent publication "Russia 2030: A story of great power dreams and small victorious wars" by Fredrik Wesslau and Andrew Wilson. Chair: Fredrik Wesslau.Listen online
ECFR’s director Mark Leonard speaks with Nicola Clase, Swedish Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Fredrik Wesslau, Director of ECFR’s Wider Europe programme, and Vessela Tcherneva, Head of ECFR’s Sofia Office, about the Eurovision Song Contest and its geopolitical features.
The Swedish Ambassador’s Guide to the Eurovision Song Contest by Nicola Clase
The podcast was recorded on the 16 May 2016.Listen online
Conférence du jeudi 7 avril sur les relations entre l'Union européenne et la Russie. Avec:
- Sylvie Kauffmann, directrice éditoriale Le Monde
- Fredrik Wesslau, Directeur du programme Wider Europe de l'ECFR
- Manuel Lafont Rapnouil, directeur du bureau de l'ECFR à Paris
ECFR's director Mark Leonard speaks to diplomat Robert Cooper and ECFR policy fellows Susi Dennison, Almut Moeller, Kadri Liik, and Fredrik Wesslau, about ECFR's Foreign Policy Scorecard 2016, its results and future prospects.
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Fredrik Wesslau, Director of ECFR's Wider Europe programme, explains why the EU received a B- for its policies on the Wider Europe region.
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