Tuesday 22 August

Power and money - permanent companions

The Swedish Foreign Policy Institute (UI). Moderator: Karsten Thurfjell.

In Wagner's Ring the Rheingold glitters and seduces. It makes both gods and ordinary men bring forward their their worst and their best sides. The struggle for values and justice has meticulously followed a path of ever-better institutions, from the UN Charter 1945 and the Human Rights Conventions 1948 to the European Project after the fall of the Wall in 1989. However, recent developments are worrying. Leaders who gather power over government, justice, business, and media win terrain in our vicinity and globally. Should we live in a world "without facts, without standards, without responsibility"? Are there new forms of permanent ties between political power and money? What, then, is the opposition to politics, business, society, the media and culture?

Participants: Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, Chair of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) and former tidigare Director General of the Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency (Sida), Natali Phalén, Secretary General of the Swedish Anti-Corruption Institute (IMM), Mats Karlsson, Director at The Swedish Institute of Foreign Affairs (UI), Johan Engvall, Research fellow at UI's Russia- and Eurasia program, and Ginna Lindberg, Sveriges Radio.

Arranged by: Utrikespolitiska Institutet.


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