• Sweden edition
 
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)

Your comments about this article

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
Today's headlines
National
Trio prosecuted for hate attack against Somalis
Somali nationals taking part in a demonstration against deportations in Stockholm. File photo:Björn Larsson Ask/SvD/ TT

Trio prosecuted for hate attack against Somalis

Three young men in southern Sweden suspected of attacking Somali refugees with stones and screaming "sieg heil" have been indicted on charges of racial agitation. READ  

National
Swedish airfares to get cheaper in 2015

Swedish airfares to get cheaper in 2015

Sweden is set to buck the European trend of rising air prices with fares expected to drop next year according to a new report. READ  

National
Swede's homemade submarine nets fortune
Eric Westerberg's homemade submarine Isabelle. Photo: PS.nu

Swede's homemade submarine nets fortune

A Swedish submarine enthusiast who spent over 3,500 hours making his own vessel has sold his prized possession for 705,000 kronor ($98,500) in an online auction. READ  

National
Cops reported for making 'Roma' comment

Cops reported for making 'Roma' comment

Police in northern Sweden have been reported to the Equality Ombudsman for describing a wanted suspect as having a "Roma appearance." READ  

Donald Duck and Zlatan get Swedish votes
A political career for Zlatan? Some fans seem to want to see that. Photo: Peter Dejong/TT

Donald Duck and Zlatan get Swedish votes

The Bilderberg Group, the Satanic Initiative and Adolf Hitler all received votes in Sweden’s general election, according to a list released by the country’s electoral authority. READ  

Sport
Stockholm fails bid to host Euro 2020 games
The Swedish team in action. Photo: TT

Stockholm fails bid to host Euro 2020 games

Sweden's capital has missed out on a chance to host any Euro 2020 games, with Copenhagen the only Scandinavian city among the thirteen winning locations. READ  

Vicar: God rejects fans of women priests
Antje Jackelén, Archbishop of Uppsala, is the first woman to head the Swedish church. Photo: Stig-Åke Jönsson/TT

Vicar: God rejects fans of women priests

A Swedish priest has been fired after telling his congregation that people who support female priests would be rejected by God - despite the fact that his own church is led by a woman. READ  

Analysis
Women set to dominate top post-election jobs
Margot Wallström (right) could become Stefan Löfven's new Minister of Foreign Affairs. Photo: TT

Women set to dominate top post-election jobs

Sweden could soon get a female Foreign Minister, Fredrik Reinfeldt's ousted Moderate Party is preparing for its first woman leader and the grandmother of actor Hugh Grant's son is being tipped as Parliament's next Speaker. READ  

National
Sweden protests over Russian plane incursions
A Gripen plane was scrambled to see off the Russian planes. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Sweden protests over Russian plane incursions

UPDATED: Sweden has summoned the Russian Ambassador for a dressing down after two Russian planes violated Swedish airspace last week. READ  

Elections 2014
'Good prospects' for Alliance co-operation

'Good prospects' for Alliance co-operation

UPDATED: Social Democrat leader Stefan Löfven says he is positive that his party can co-operate with the former governing Alliance on some issues. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
The 'black gold' of Sweden's west coast.
National
West Sweden prepares for the 2014 lobster premiere
Society
What's on in Sweden
Politics
How Sweden Democrats went mainstream
Politics
Scandinavia and Scotland: closer links?
Gallery
Property of the week - Eskilstuna
Blog updates

20 September

How a Frog Can Save the Environment (Stockholm in my American Heart) »

"What we do we imagine when we think of children enjoying nature? Perhaps it’s fishing, marveling at lightning bugs on a muggy July day or blowing on the wispy petals of a dandelion to make a special wish. But perhaps most iconic of the playful innocence in childhood is hopping after and trying to catch..." READ »

 

19 September

Editor’s blog (The Local Sweden) »

"Happy Friday readers! It sure has been a exciting week in Sweden, where we’re set to get a new Prime Minister after Fredrik Reinfeldt stepped down following Sunday’s elections. The Local blogged live from the key political gatherings across Stockholm. Why not re-visit the action by taking a look at our photos, tweets, videos and analysis? Since the..." READ »

 
 
 
Sponsored Article
How to start a business in Stockholm
Society
How I became a surf blogger when I moved to Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: September 13th
Society
Why is Stockholm's Södermalm so cool?
Gallery
People-watching: September 11th
Gallery
People-watching: September 13th
Politics
Five possible election outcomes
Politics
Sweden elections: How do they work?
Politics
Sweden elections: Who's who?
Gallery
Property of the week - Hornstull, Stockholm
Analysis
Five differences between the UK and Sweden
Welshman Jonny Luck is now a chef in Sweden
Society
How I opened my own restaurant in Sweden's Malmö
Sponsored Article
Stockholm tech fest: relive the magic
Gallery
People-watching September 8th
Photo: TT
Politics
Feminists fight for first seats
Politics
Immigration cut push from Sweden Democrats
Sheryl Sandberg says women have "low expectations"
Tech
Facebook exec talks women's limits in Swedish business
Politics
Left Party calls for justice and equality
Politics
Green Party wants 'better world' for kids
Lifestyle
The five best Swedish songs of the month
Sponsored Article
Introducing… Insurance in Stockholm
Sponsored Article
Graduates: Insure your income in Sweden with AEA
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

866
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se
If you want to drink, that’s your business.
If you want to stop, we can help.

Learn more about English-language Alcoholics Anonymous in Sweden. No dues. No fees. Confidentiality assured.
AA-EUROPE.ORG/SWEDEN