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Obama picks foreign policy expert to be US ambassador to Sweden
Mark Brzezinski; official residence of the US ambassador to Sweden

Obama picks foreign policy expert to be US ambassador to Sweden

Published: 09 Sep 2011 10:41 GMT+02:00
Updated: 09 Sep 2011 10:41 GMT+02:00

Brzezinski currently heads up the international practice of the McGuireWoods law firm and served as a foreign policy advisor to Obama's 2008 election campaign.

He is the son of former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski, who served under President Jimmy Carter.

During the administration of President Bill Clinton, the younger Brzezinski served on the National Security Council betweeen 1999 and 2001, focusing on issues relating to the Balkans, Russia, Eurasia and Southeast Europe.

He has been nominated to fill the United States' top diplomatic post in Sweden which has been vacant since May when Ambassador Matthew Barzun stepped down to lead the fundraising efforts for President Obama's 2012 re-election campaign.

“The Embassy welcomes the White House announcement that President Obama has nominated a distinguished American to fill the post of US ambassador to Sweden,” embassy spokesperson Chris Dunnett told The Local.

Before heading to Stockholm, however, Brzezinski's nomination, which was announced late on Tuesday, must be approved by the US Senate. As a result, it remains unclear when Brzezinski may take up residence in the Swedish capital as the top US envoy.

While Dunnett said the embassy hopes for an “expeditious” nomination process, he emphasised that “it would not be appropriate for us to speculate on or prejudge the Senate's process."

Brzezinski received a doctorate in political science from Oxford University and his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College. He also spend two years in Poland as a Fulbright Scholar.

His sister, Mika Brzezinski, hosts a morning talk show on US cable channel MSNBC.

David Landes (david.landes@thelocal.se)

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12:26 September 9, 2011 by Addendum
Nice resume. Does he have a soul?
16:17 September 9, 2011 by tigger007
he has a soul an american one! i'm sure he will server his master well and i don't mean his natural master who is controlled my his supernatural master!
16:19 September 9, 2011 by Kilbey
@#1 Yes, he's a Democrat and therefore has a soul. It's the Republicans who are generally soul less.
19:54 September 9, 2011 by Grokh
foreign policy expert and american cannot be used in the same sentence its completely oxymoron.

As in they cannot be experts at something they fail over and over and over and over and over again......
20:13 September 9, 2011 by infoseek
Isn't this too easy of a post for the younger Dr. Brzezinski?
08:12 September 10, 2011 by B*tchslap
Ambassador to Sweden does seem like a rather insignificant post for someone with his credentials.
15:12 September 10, 2011 by Wyatt
To "Addendum" He can't have a soul, he is a Democrat, and worst yet he is appointed by a individual that has nor soul .
18:31 September 10, 2011 by suckfist
This has got to be one of the plushest jobs in the world---the U.S. ambassador to any Nordic country. The song "Hey, Jealousy" comes to my mind.
16:17 September 11, 2011 by Addendum
How does Dr. Brzezinski feel about Sweden's new law which makes it illegal for parents to homeschool their children?

To my understanding, some affected families (Swedish citizens) are now receiving refugee status in the U.S. and Canada due to the Swedish state's usurption of parental rights.

Will the ambassador be helping these families escape persecution in Sweden and relocate to the U.S.?
08:36 September 13, 2011 by shahislam
........................................

.....At the same time, we have to consider the following facts for greater purposes:

Yesterday is gone but the experience is still there, based on which we are easily capable of modifying or changing our homeland and international policies on financial matters of all kinds (until we become an united North-American super power, still securing in it, a symbolic top /highest place for the Queen of UK-for its hereditary historical role in the spreading of highly beneficial civilized law and orders, and in the future's 'New totally honest think-tank' of clearly identified 'Advisers' of Government Heads of North-America) in conforming with common sense driven presently developing non-violent US policies instead of old anti-bacterial-type application of of war toys against terrorism caused by some Eastern groups of individuals or God created super-animals in the form of humans whose impulsive actions or reactions are not much higher than the wild animals of the jungle, therefore, total reflection of humanity's positive side has not been present on the global tapestry! (More to be written soon if some are interested or show enthusiasm.)

Let's just move ahead along with all the congressmen of both sides, passing past failure of 9/11 era by creating decade long solar panel /cell / battery manufacturing jobs @ Chinese style minimum wage for millions of North-Americans in manufacturing e.g. 13,000 passenger carrying giant Solar airplanes.

It is a possible dream! We'll invest /spend e.g. freshly printed 20 Trillion US$ for Three reasons, 1. Lowering our Dollar value instantly, in order to compete with China's printing and we can recover in Two ways: A. Unlike China most of our recognized international currency will be absorbed in the growing international cash flow market; B. We'll be able collect back from our domestic big spender public, unlike frugal minded Chinese and Indians; 2. Financing making of too many giant in size, storm and terrorism defying remotely controlled slower commercial, international carriers for cheapest transportation, even cheaper than vessels on the Oceans and no one can beat us in this field! and 3. The time is not too far when New-under UN International Currency will be desperately needed.

Modified new free trade policies will be deficit-free on the basis of exchanging exact amount of good and services without deficit at the Year-End!
03:04 September 15, 2011 by infoseek
shahislam,

I haven't the pleasure to read such intelligent post on www in at least a few months. I enjoy every word of it as much as some of the materials from my handful of favorite authors. I'll have to really think about it and read it a few times over. Incredible.
06:19 September 20, 2011 by shahislam
Doesn't matter how much one earns annually but allowing $one-million

for each member of Ono's family as a year's personal enjoyment is too much imbalancing where e.g. another entire hard-working middle class family of a more intelligent guy can see in own pocket not even one hundred thousand annually! This is a disease just like atomic imbalance in a cancerous human body cell and the constant acts of trying to balance everything in our life is the meaning in our being alive. I like when someone suggests "praying to religion-less Creator" and it's mysteriously effective!

I don't like to watch unnecessarily worried mental states of people. Men-made problems are solvable by collective human intelligence free of humanly selfishness! In religion-less God's power we need to trust that acts constructive or destructively through its creations for creations.

Of course the 50% reality and 50% Cosmic drama of 9/11 involved some then real criminals who at the moment of impact became just chemicals and atomic particles that forms existence of all of the creations based on only one balancing '50% rule'. A faceless group took advantage of that event only for power and making money.

We should identify the invisible guys but with an honest attitude of forgiveness toward shortcomings of mankind with an expectation since they are human they have the mental ability to understand our generosity and won't bite us back like poisonous snakes we intentionally set free! Kill or be killed is a ugly part of cosmic rules that is applicable to wilderness or by uncivilized state of human mind(s).

I am surprised to watch the things, I co-incidentally wrote about long ago, are unfolding to become reality now.

Here is a excerpt from a document I started writing years ago for my application to the Upper Canadian Judicial system of which I really feel so proud!

...............................Today I have felt like, you OLRB have thrown at me a loaded garbage bag from your aloft position that has been entrusted to you by the gullible public who sadly and technically will never have an opportunity to question you on your responsibilities (unless people like me and myself find a painstaking positive alternative way to receive justice). This is cruel and unjust when justice is denied to an innocent person!

One thing you have done unmistakably. You have encouraged a violent employer (who hates the Jews, declared
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