In parallel a website lelundin.org was built up using the same structure as the handbook. It enjoys currently on the average around 3-6000 pageviews per day.
A third element has been the development of a wide network of professional and other contacts, so far >50000 on Twitter and 5500 on Linkedin. Traffic to the website and the forthcoming app will arrive to a large extent though this network.
Fourthly, active participation in training programs as a lecturer and mentor over the last years has given ideas for a much more efficient learning and situational awareness program
based on daily inputs posted on the home page mainly deriving to a large extent from Twitter embedded stories.
Gradually these elements will be built into longer and more ambitious training programs integrated into the site.
For this a membership service with free trial until the end of 2017 has been established
A few words about the financing of my work and my independence
I am a former diplomat and EU official in retirement and the basic resources for my work is provided through my pension. My fellowship association with SIPRI is unpaid. No financial support has (so far) been provided by others for this website. I am totally independent in the editing and production of the website and I do all the technical work myself which is a huge asset in terms of speed. I will try to keep it that way as long as possible.
I administer the website through a consultancy firm owned by my wife and me with no external interests involved. The firm has accepted a few consultancy tasks from the Swedish Institute of International Affairs, the Swedish MFA, the Folke Bernadotte Academy, SIPRI and a training consultancy in the UK. The Swedish Defence College has supported me personally when writing the EU and Security Handbook.
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“This is one of the best articles I have ever read - It confirms what I’ve always believed.” Sometimes I admire people who can say that. Everyone would like to hear that he or she is right.
At the same time I am keenly aware of the seminal book by Thomas Kuhn on the structure of scientific revolutions: if we had witnessed only linear progress we might have seen much less of it throughout the history of humanity. The main achievements of science often come with agonising reappraisals , when people have opened their minds for anew ideas, have been tormented by the possibility that what they had always believed in might in fact have been at least partially wrong.
The mindsets of most people are heavily detrminerd by their family and societal surroundings. In my case I was thoroughly influenced during my year in American high school 1964-65. Like Hillary Clinton I was arguing behind a golden sign i“AuH2O” in the school debates for the candidature of Barry Goldwater in the presidential elections that year. I participated in the school competition where the national debating topic of the year was “should we bomb North Vietnam with nuclear weapons”. I was then exposed to another way of thinking coming back to Sweden during the years when Olof Palme rose to political stardom, not least on the basis of his criticism of the Vietnam war.
When starting to work in the Foreign Ministry from 1976 onwards I was concentrated on the global agenda, seeing my own country Sweden as one small actor with strong ideals, working with the Third World for disarmament, peace and development in the United Nations.
As a diplomat in the CSCE process towards the end of the Cold War and thereafter my cognitive frame was not dissimilar, though more focussing on Europe. My point of departure was mostly Sweden. As a diplomat in Bonn I remember my pride when Sten Andersson, the then Swedish Foreign Minister, thought that he had convinced Hans Dietrich Genscher about the importance and value of a relatively strong Swedish non-aligned defence in the northern part of Europe.
The end of the Cold War forced very many people in and around Europe to change drastically their cognitive framework. This was the second round of reappraisals in just two generations for East Germans. I saw a Bulgarian diplomat responsible for one part of the arms control negotiations in the Stockholm conference on behalf of the Warsaw Pact, changing his whole outlook and becoming adviser on human rights issues to the secretary general of the Council of Europe. I changed also, from representing non-aligned Sweden in a mediating position in the same conference to become spokesman of the European Union at a later stage of the CSCE/OSCE negotiations.