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Insights and research shared at the 2023 FREE Network retreat in Visby

05 October 2023
On 8-10 September, 2023, the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (SITE) and the FREE Network hosted the annual Retreat in Visby to discuss its institutes’ respective work of research areas, from politics to climate change to consumer behavior and joint efforts within the Network.

Celebrating Ukraine's national Independence Day: A message of solidarity from SITE and the FREE Network

24 August 2023
The Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (SITE) and the FREE Network wish to extend heartfelt greetings to the brave people of Ukraine on National Independence Day, August 24.

Johanna Rickne receives SNS Prize 2023 for outstanding research on gender equality and societal impact

30 June 2023
Johanna Rickne, Affiliated Professor at the Stockholm School of Economics, has been awarded the prestigious SNS Prize 2023 for her outstanding research on economic and political gender equality.

Democracy in the eye of the beholder?

29 June 2023
In this brief, Jonathan Lehne and Maiting Zhuang examines the fragility of democratic institutions in Eastern Europe, comparing expert assessments and general population surveys. Experts' concerns have intensified, yet voters in almost all new EU member states and across age groups express growing satisfaction with their democracies. The study reveals a shift where people's perception of democracy is increasingly influenced by election outcomes rather than actual institutional change, even when media freedom or judicial independence is restricted by governments.

SSE students in Washington, DC – had dinner with former US Deputy Secretary of State

01 June 2023
In May members of the Center for Statecraft and Strategic Communication travelled to Washington, DC with the students of Applied History 767: World Order & Present Challenges. Designed by Center Director Dr. Rikard Westerberg, this globetrotting course has been offered since 2019 and sees students from the Stockholm School of Economics embark on a deep dive of statecraft, diplomacy and international history.

Call for papers | Democratic backsliding and electoral autocracies

20 April 2023
The Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (SITE) and the Forum for Research on Media and Democracy in Eastern Europe (FROMDEE) invites paper submissions to a one-day conference on “Democratic backsliding and electoral autocracies” with a keynote lecture by Arturas Rozenas (New York University) on 13 October 2023 in Stockholm, Sweden.

StratCom Lunch with Henrik Landerholm on Sweden's National Security

20 April 2023
On April 19th, 2023, the Center for Statecraft and Strategic Communication hosted a highly engaging event, "StratCom Lunch with Henrik Landerholm - A New Era of National Security." As Sweden's National Security Advisor, Mr. Landerholm provided valuable insights on building a National Security Council in today's complex world.

Russia’s data warfare

18 April 2023
In this brief SITE researchers, Anna Anisimova and Cecilia Smitt Meyer, present a short overview of some of the most important statistics on Russia’s economic performance no longer publicly available. They also discuss some alternative measures to track the Russian economy which can be used to provide more accurate assessments of the effect of sanctions and thus reduce the impact of Russia’s data warfare.

Locked arms: looming threats to the Romania-NATO partnership

29 March 2023
Mara Bălașa sheds light in Engelsberg Ideas on the complexities of the partnership between Romania and NATO, as well as the potential threats that could impact this alliance.

(In Swedish) DI Debatt: Försvarssamarbete med Japan öppnar nya möjligheter för industrin

28 March 2023
Att Sverige ensamt skulle ha förmåga och ekonomisk kapacitet att utveckla ännu ett inhemskt producerat stridsflygplan verkar inte realistiskt. Regeringen måste därför ta tillfället i akt att stärka det säkerhetspolitiska samarbetet med partner i Europa och Japan, skriver Patrik Ström, chef European Institute of Japanese Studies, Handelshögskolan i Stockholm.