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Engelsberg Seminars

The Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation's Engelsberg Seminar is a forum for promoting independent discussion of practical and spiritual matters of importance to Swedish society and culture, and promotes Sweden's ongoing contribution to international, interdisciplinary humanist debate.

Nation, State and Empire (2017)


Lecturers and Moderator: Philip Bobbitt, Herbert Wechsler Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the Center on National Security, Columbia University, USA, Gillian Clark, Professor Emerita of Ancient History, University of Bristol, UK, Christopher Coker, Professor, London School of Economics, UK, Carlos Escudé, PhD, Director, Centre for the Study of Religion, the State and Society, CERES, Latin American Rabbinical Seminar, Argentina, Jonathan Fenby, Chairman of China Research, TS LOMBARD, Author, UK, Jessica Frazier, Dr, Lecturer in the Study of Religions and Philosophies, Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, Universities of Oxford and Kent, UK, David Goodhart, Author and Journalist, UK, Freddy Gray, Deputy Editor, The Spectator, UK, Steven Grosby, Professor of Religion, Clemson University, USA, Janne Haaland Matláry, Professor of Political Science, Unviersity of Oslo and the Norwegian Defence University, Norway, Tom Holland, Author, Historian, UK, Sir Richard J Evans, Regius Professor Emeritus of History and President of Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, and Provost of Gresham College in the City of London, UK, Lawrence James, Historian, UK, Jeremy Jennings, Professor of Political Theory, King’s College London, UK, Josef Joffe, Editor at the Die Zeit, Distinguished Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Visiting Professor of Political Science, Stanford Universtiy, USA, Robert Johnson, Dr, Director of the Changing Character of War Programme, Pembroke College, University of Oxford, UK, Robin Lane Fox, Emeritus Fellow, New College, University of Oxford, UK, Charles S Maier, Leverett Saltonstall Professor of History, Harvard University, USA, Tim Marshall, Journalist, Author, www.thewhatandthewhy.com, UK, Iain Martin, Columnist for The Times, London, UK, General Sir Simon Mayall, Senior Advisor, Greenhill & Co. International, UK, Lucy Riall, Professor of Comparative History of Europe, European University Institute, Italy, Sir Larry Siedentop, Emeritus Fellow, Keble College, University of Oxford, UK, Lars Trägårdh, Professor of History and Civil Society Studies, Ersta Sköndal University College, Sweden, Maurizio Viroli, Professor of Politics (Emeritus), Princeton University and Professor of Government, University of Texas at Austin, USA, Harvey Whitehouse, Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Oxford, UK, Peter H Wilson, Chichele Professor of the History of War, University of Oxford, UK, Martina Winkelhofer, Dr, Historian, Author and Journalist, Austria

The Return of Geopolitics (2016)


Lecturers and Moderator: Jeremy Black, Professor, University of Exeter. UK, Philip Bobbitt, Herbert Wechsler Professor of Jurisprudence, Columbia Law School. USA, Michael Broers, Professor, University of Oxford. UK, Roger Crowley, Author, Historian. UK, Karl Engelbrektson, Chief of Army Staff, Swedish Armed Forces. Sweden, Karin Enström, Deputy Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Sveriges Riksdag. Sweden, Noah Feldman, Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Harvard University. USA, Jonathan Fenby, China Director, Trusted Sources. UK, Gregory Fiefer, Author. USA, David Frum, Senior Editor, The Atlantic. USA, Gabriel Gorodetsky, Professor of History, All Souls College, Oxford. UK, Banashri Bose Harrison, Ambassador of India to Sweden and Latvia. India, Peter Heather, Professor, Department of History, King’s College London.UK, Josef Joffe, Publisher-Editor, Die Zeit. Germany, Frederick Kagan, Christopher DeMuth Chair and Director, Critical Threats Project, American Enterprise Institute. USA, Kimberly Kagan, President, Institute for the Study of War. USA, Elisabeth Kendall, Senior Research Fellow in Arabic & Islamic Studies, Oxford University. UK, Anna-Lena Laurén, Moscow Correspondent, Dagens Nyheter. Sweden, John H. Maurer, Alfred Thayer Mahan Professor of Sea Power and Grand Strategy, U.S Naval War College. USA, Sean McMeekin, Professor of History, Bard College. USA, Walter Russell Mead, Distinguished Scholar in American Strategy and Statesmanship for the Hudson Institute, Hudson Institute. USA, Richard Miles, Associate Professor and Head of the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry, University of Sydney. Australia, Fraser Nelson, Editor, The Spectator. UK, Christine Ockrent, Editor-in-Chief, France Culture. France, Richard Overy, Professor of History, University of Exeter. UK, Lincoln Paine, Maritime Historian. USA, Andrew Preston, Professor of American History, Clare College, University of Cambridge. UK, Morris Rossabi, Distinguished Professor of History, Columbia University and City University of New York. USA, Charly Salonius-Pasternak, Senior Research Fellow, Finnish Institute of International Affairs. Finland, Norman Stone, Professor of International Relations, Bilkent University. Turkey, Barry Strauss, Professor of History, Cornell University. USA, Mikael Wigell, Senior Research Fellow, The Finnish Institute of International Affairs. Finland

War (2015)


Lecturers and Moderator: Head of the Center on International Security, IMEMO, Russian Academy of Science; Scholar in Residence, Carnegie Moscow Center, Russia, Alexei Arbatov. Reader at the Department of War Studies, King’sCollege London UK, David Betz. Herbert Wechsler Professor of Federal Jurisprudence; Director, Center for National Security, Columbia University, USA, Philip Bobbitt. Professor of International Relations, London School of Economics, UK, Christopher Coker. Ambassador, Sweden, Rolf Ekéus. Professor Emeritus of History, University of Cambridge, UK, Richard J Evans. Author, USA, Gregory Feifer. Professor Emeritus of War Studies, King’s College London, UK, Lawrence Freedman. Professor of Political Science, University of Oslo and the Norwegian Defence University, Norway, Janne Haaland Matlary. Professor of History, University of Lund, Sweden, Dick Harrison. Professor of History, University of Cambridge, UK, Jonathan Haslam. Author, UK, Tom Holland. Senior Research Fellow, University of Oxford, UK, Robert Johnson. Christopher De Muth Chair and Director, Critical Threats Project, American Enterprise Institute, USA, Frederick Kagan. President, Institute for the Study of War, USA, Kimberly Kagan. Senior Research Fellow in Arabic, University of Oxford, UK, Elisabeth Kendall. Professor of History, Cornell University, USA, Fredrik Logevall. Director, University of Oxford China Centre, University of Oxford, UK, Rana Mitter. Senior Fellow, Legatum Institute, UK, Peter Pomerantsev. Reader in American History, University of Cambridge, UK, Andrew Preston. Research Director, Center for Asymmetric Threat Studies, Swedish National Defence College. Sweden, Magnus Ranstorp. Writer, UK, Malise Ruthven. Senior Research Fellow, Finnish Institute of International Affairs, Finland, Charly Salonius-Pasternak. Journalist and Author, Sweden, Nathan Shachar. Nonresident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution, USA, Lilia Shevtsova. Fellow at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University, USA, Jessica Stern. CTO/Co-Founder, Norse Corp, USA, Tommy Stiansen. Professor of International Relations, University of St Andrews, UK, Hew Strachan. Professor, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Journalist, USA, Michael Weiss. Moderator, Sweden, Ulf Wickbom

Religion (2014)


Lecturers and Moderator: Associate Professor of Creative Writing, US Reza Aslan, Professor of Modern Jewish History, France Esther Benbassa, Fellow and Lecturer, Israel Benedetta Berti, Fellow, The Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, UK Jessica Frazier, Professor, Denmark Armin W. Geertz, Professor, US Ariel Glucklich, Professor, UK Martin Goodman, Professor, Norway Janne Haaland Matlary, Professor, The Netherlands Wouter Hanegraaff, Professor, UK Hugh N. Kennedy, Writer, UK, Gary Lachman, Professor Emeritus, UK Julius J. Lipner, Professor, UK Diarmaid MacCulloch, Professor , UK Simon May, Associate Professor, Australia Richard Miles, Professor, US Candida R. Moss, Professor, UK Robin Osborne, University Lecturer, UK William O’ Reilly, Harrington Professor of Religion, US Elaine Pagels, Professor, UK Wolfgang Palaver, Associate Professor, The Netherlands Marco Pasi, Professor, US Daniel T. Potts, Professor, UK Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad, Writer and Journalist, SWE Göran Rosenberg, Independent Writer, UK, Malise Ruthven, Professor, France John Schneid, Professor, UK Mona Siddiqui, Minister, Finland, Pär Stenbäck, Associate Professor, Sweden Jayne Svenungsson, Professor, UK Harvey Whitehouse, Moderator, Sweden, Ulf Wickbom, Writer, UK, A.N Wilson, Professor, US David Sloan Wilson, Management Editor, UK Adrian Wooldridge.

Civilisation (2013)


Lecturers and Moderator: Author, Australia John Armstrong, Professor of Archaeology at the University of Cambridge, UK Graeme Barker, Ambassador, Sweden Örjan Berner, Professor of Federal Jurisprudence at Columbia University, USA Philip Bobbitt, Professor Emeritus of Cultural History, University of Cambridge, UK Peter Burke, Professor of Greek Language and Literature, University of Bristol, UK Richard Buxton, Philosopher and Author, UK Stephen Cave Professor of International Relations, LSE, UK Christopher Coker, Fellow of the McDonald Institute, Cambridge, UK Harriet Crawford, Ambassador, Sweden Rolf Ekéus, Professor of Political Science, Ludwig Maximilians University, Germany Karsten Fischer, Author, Australia Jack Fuller, Professor of History, Princeton University, USA Anthony Grafton Professor of the History of International Relations Cambridge University, UK Jonathan Haslam, Author and Broadcaster, UK Eva Hoffman, Historian, Author and Broadcaster, UK Tom Holland, Professor of Modern History, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, USA Jonathan Israel, Director of the Changing Character of War (CCW) research programme at Oxford University, UK Robert Johnson, Senior Lecturer of Classics, University of Sydney, Australia Richard Miles, Professor of History and Politics of Modern China, University of Oxford, UK Rana Mitter, Professor of Sanskrit and South Asian Studies, Columbia University, USA Sheldon Pollock, Journalist and Author, Sweden Göran Rosenberg, Professor Emeritus of History, Queen Mary College, University of London, UK Donald Sassoon, Journalist and Author, Sweden Nathan Shachar, Journalist and Author, Sweden Richard Swartz, Author and Critic, UK David J. Taylor, Professor Emeritus of Social Conditions for Human Happiness at Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands Ruut Veenhoven, Professor of Comparative Archaeology, Institute of Archaeology, UCL, UK David Wengrow, Emeritus Fellow of All Souls, University of Oxford, UK Martin West, Anthropological archaeologist and Professor of Anthropology, New York University, USA Rita Wright, Moderator: Ulf Wickbom.

The Pursuit of Europe (2012)


Lecturers and Moderator: Professor of European History Peter Alter, Associate Professor and Senior Researcher Ariane Chebel d’Appollonia, Professor of European Union Law José M. de Areilza, Professor of Inter national History Patricia Clavin, Counsellor Robert Cooper, Latvian Ambassador to the Ukraine Argita Daudze, Commentator and Host Konstantin von Eggert, Professor Emeritus of Modern History John Elliott Regius, Professor of European Policy Studies Ahmet Evin Jean Monnet, Senior Research Fellow Emeritus Pierre Hassner, Professor of International Management Hans-Olaf Henkel, Swedish Member of the European Parliament Gunnar Hökmark, Former Economics Editor Peter Jay, Editor of Die Zeit Josef Joffe, Leader Writer and Columnist Oliver Kamm, Professor Eric Kaufmann, Former Chancellor of the Exchequer Nigel Lawson, Economic Adviser Philippe Legrain, Director Mark Leonard, Professor of Politics Jan-Werner Müller, Professor of Political Science and History Anthony Pagden, Senior Advisor & Professor George Pagoulatos, Professor of European and Global History Kiran Klaus Patel, Political Commentator Agnès C. Poirier, Columnist Alan Posener, Political Editor David Rennie, Professor of Political Science and Classics Giulia Sissa, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs Pär Stenbäck, Director Global Economic Attitudes Bruce Stokes, Professor of Population Studies David Voas, Academician of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Yu Yongding, Professor of European Politics Jan Zielonka, Moderator Ulf Wickbom.

Politics and Ideology (2011)


Lecturers and Moderator: Professor Ulrike Ackermann, Research Director Scott Atran, Journalist and Author James Bartholomew, Professor Michael Bentley, Author Paul Berman, Research Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Parliamentary Private Secretary Nicholas Boles, Councellor in the European External Action Service Robert Cooper, Member of the Editorial Board of Die Politische Meinung Stephan Eisel, Professor Richard J Evans, Professor Michael Freeden, Editor David Frum, Professor Dick Harrison, Director Anna Jardfelt, Leader writer Oliver Kamm, Author Robert Kaplan, Professor John Keane, Senior Research Fellow Johan Lagerkvist, Director Mark Leonard, Director John Lloyd, Washington Bureau Chief Hisham Melhem, Senior Lecturer Richard Miles, Emeritus Professor Kenneth Minogue, Professor Minxin Pei, Writer Malise Ruthven, State Secretary Per Schlingmann, Visiting Fellow Roger Scruton, Foreign Correspondent Nathan Shachar, Chairman of Sonecon Robert Shapiro, Former Spokes Person Green Party Maria Wetterstrand, Moderator Ulf Wickbom.

On Capitalism (2010)


Lecturers and Moderator: Deputy Editor-in-Chief Gerard Baker, Chief Economist Erik Berglöf, Investment Manager Edward Chancellor, Presenter Evan Davis, Ambassador Rolf Ekéus, Director of Economic Policy Studies and Senior Fellow at AEI Kevin Hassett, Leader Writer Oliver Kamm, Author and Journalist Akash Kapur, Author and Economist John Kay, Professor Deirdre McCloskey, Professor Philip Mirowski, Professor Joel Mokyr, Director Geoff Mulgan, Co-founder and director of Eurointelligence Advisers Wolfgang Münchau, Freelance free-marketer Johan Norberg, Dr. of Economy Kjell A. Nordström, Professor Avner Offer, Professor and Director Minxin Pei, Tallinn University of Technology Carlota Perez, Writer Göran Rosenberg, Professor Emma Rothschild, Professor Donald Sassoon, Foreign Correspondent Nathan Shachar, Professor Emeritus Robert Skidelsky, Professor Emeritus Donald Winch.

On the Idea of America (2009)


Lecturers and Moderator: Professor Peter Baldwin, Senior Fellow Peter Beinart, Professor Kathleen Burk, Associate Professor David Ellwood, Journalist and Historian Godfrey Hodgson, President Jong-Yil Ra, Leader Writer Oliver Kamm, Professor Deepak Lal, Professor Anatol Lieven, Director John Lloyd, Bureau Chief Edward Luce, Professor Pauline Maier, Author Director Douglas Murray, Professor David Reynolds, Research Program Director Philippe Roger, Writer Göran Rosenberg, Chairman and co-founder Robert J Shapiro, Professor Anders Stephanson, Associate Professor Reinhold Wagnleitner, Professor Emeritus Daniel Walker Howe, Professor Alan Wolfe.

On Russia (2008)


Lecturers: Ms. Anne Applebaum, Mr. Erik Berglöf, Professor Per-Arne Bodin, Ambassador Rodric Braithwaite, Ms. Thérèse Delpeche, Ambassador Rolf Ekéus, Mr. Philip Hanson, Professor Geoffrey Hosking, F. Prime Minister Yegor Gaidar, F. Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov, Professor Dominic Lieven, Mr. Kadri Liik, Mr. Fyodor Lukyanov, Professor Andrei Melville, Professor Cathrine Merridale, Mr. Arkady Ostrovsky, Mr. Vladimir Ryzhkov, Ms. Ekaterina Sokirianskaia, Professor Konstantin Sonin, Mr. Dmitri Trenin, Professor Andrei Zorin. Moderators: Mr. John Lloyd, Mr Martin Ådahl.

What is the West? (2007)


Lecturers: Professor Sahin Alpay, Professor Philip Bobbitt, Ambassador Rolf Ekéus, Mr. David Frum, Professor Bo Huldt, Mr. Robert Irwin, Professor Hans Kollhoff, Professor David Landes, Professor Avishai Margalit, Mrs. Nadezhda Mihaylova, Mr. Pankaj Mishra, Professor Philip Nemo, Mr. Göran Rosenberg, Dr. Roger Scruton, Mr. Töger Seidenfaden, Dr. Robert Shapiro, Dr. Larry Siedentop, Mrs. Marina Warner, Dr. Georgios Varouxakis, Mr. Ibn Warraq. Moderator: Mr. Edward Lucas

The Secular State & Society (2006)


Lecturers and Moderator: Mr. Paul Berman, Mr. Theodore Dalrymple, Ambassador Rolf Ekéus, Professor Dogu Ergil, Mr. Lars Hedegaard, Ms. Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Professor Jonathan Israel, Professor Sunil Khilnani, Mr. Pierre Lellouche, Mr. Edward Lucas, Mr. Etyen Mahcupyan, Mr. Kenan Malik, Professor Tariq Ramadan, Dr. Hugh Roberts, Professor Olivier Roy, Dr. Carl Rudbeck, Mr. Paul Scheffer, Dr. Roger Scruton, Mr. Nathan Shachar, Professor Bassam Tibi, Dr. Charles Tripp and Mr. Ibn Warraq.

Empire and the Future World Order (2005)


Lecturers and Moderators: Dr. Peter Bender, Professor Philip Bobbitt, Professor Ian Buruma, Professor David Coleman, Mr. Robert Cooper, Mr. Niklas Ekdal, Professor William Kirby, Professor Deepak Lal,
Mr. Edward Lucas, Professor Charles Maier, Ms. Jan Morris, Ms. Christine Ockrent, Mr. Orhan Pamuk, Professor Richard Pipes, Mr. David Rieff, Professor György Schöplin, Mr. Tøger Seidenfaden, Mr. Nathan Shachar, Dr. Ross Terrill, Mr. Shashi Tharoor, Lord Hugh Thomas.

Media and Media Power (2004)


Lecturers: Mr. Sidney Blumenthal, Mr. Kavi Chongkittavorn, Mr. Niklas Ekdal, Professor Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Mr. Jonathan Fenby, Mr. David Frum, Mr. David Goodhart, Professor Roy Greenslade, Ms. Isabel Hilton, Ms. Shuli Hu, Mr. Laurent Joffrin, Mr. John Lloyd, Mr. Edward Lucas, Mr. Adam Michnik, Ms. Anna Politkovskaia, Mr.William H. Roedy, Mr. Nathan Shachar, Mr. Thomas Steinfeld, Mr. Tarun Tejpal, Mr. Shashi Tharoor.

Towards a Cosmopolitan Culture? (2003)


Lecturers: Dr. Catherine Audard, Professor Elazar Barkan, Professor Emeritus Zygmunt Bauman, Professor Emeritus Norman Birnbaum, Professor Philip Bobbitt, Professor Dr. Michael Bommes, Professor Ingvild Saelid Gilhus, Professor Emeritus Nathan Glazer, Editor-in-Chief David Goodhart, Member of Parliament Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Mr. Christopher Hitchens, Professor Russell Jacoby, Professor Jytte Klausen, Professor Adam Kuper, Mr. Kenan Malik, Mr. Richard Swartz.

Consciousness, Genetics and Society (2002)


Lecturers: Martin Alda, Luke Anderson, Erwin Bischofberger, Leonard Guarente, Richard Heinberg, Evelyn Fox Keller, Georg Klein, Kenan Malik, Johnjoe McFadden, Mary Midgley, Max More, Raja Ramanna, Hilary Rose, Steven Rose, Lee M Silver, Sverre Sjölander, Robert Wright, P. A. Zavos.

The Future of Religion (2001)


Lecturers: Withney Bodman, José Casanova, Harvey Cox, Erik Davis, Rolf Ekéus, Antoine Faivre, John Farrell, John F Haught, Paul Heelas, Massimo Introvigne, Robert Jay Lifton, Michael Maccoby, Morton Narrowe, Elaine Pagels, Gilles Quispel.

Illustration: Claes Jurander

Visions of the Future (2000)


Lecturers: Harold Bloom, Ingvar Carlsson, Martin van Creveld, Rolf Ekéus, Bernt Ericson, Henry Etzkowitz, Kay Glans, Nils Karlson, David Kimche, Allan Larsson, Dan Laurin, Robert Jay Lifton, Mikael Löfgren, Michael Maccoby, Lars Magnusson, Anders Mortensen, Ulf Pettersson, Agneta Pleijel, Jeffrey Rosen, Göran Rosenberg, Johan Rådberg, Saskia Sassen, Robert J. Shapiro, Joan Solomon, Johan Svedjedal, Peter Sylwan, John Ziman.

The Swedish Success-Story? (1999)


Lecturers: Håkan Arvidsson, Henrik Berggren, Sheri Berman, Per Olof Bolander, Göran Dahl, Kajsa Ekholm Friedman, Jonas Frykman, Kristian Gerner, Kay Glans, Bernt Henningsen, Madeleine Hurd, Anders Isaksson, Alf W Johansson, Rune Johansson, Mikael af Malmborg, Per Molander, Ann-Sofie Ohlander, Olav Riste, Hans Ingvar Roth, Kim Salomon, Patrick Salmon, Fredrik Schoug, Bo Stråth, Rolf Torstendahl, Kjell Östberg.