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Policy and Practice Lessons Learned from Sweden's Banking Crisis

Sweden's banking crisis of the early 1990s, the result of a real estate bubble gone bust and a highly de-regulated credit environment, has been compared to and identified as a source of lessons learned for the current U.S. financial crisis. What parallels can be drawn between the crises in both countries? What policy lessons, if any, can the United States learn from Sweden's crisis experience and the road to recovery? With the current controversy about TARP funds and additional bank failures, how is the U.S. banking system recovery progressing? How should U.S. policymakers, the American public, and the private sector prepare for the policy, economic, and social adjustment challenges ahead in the medium and long term? Join Roger Kubarych and Bo Lundgren in discussing the lessons that U.S. policy makers and business leaders can learn from Sweden's crisis and recovery, and recovery and regulatory reform progress in the United States.
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TEDTalks: Hans Rosling

by Hans Rosling
Hans Rosling, professor of international health at Sweden's Karolinska Institute and founder of the non-profit Gapminder, uses visual representations of data along with his excellent storytelling skills to debunk a few myths about the developing world.
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The World Next Week: May 9, 2013

by Millie Tran with James M. Lindsay, Robert McMahon
A preview of world events in the coming week from CFR.org: Turkey's Prime Minister visits the White House; Israel celebrates National Day while Palestinians mark al-Nakba; The Arctic Council meets in Sweden; and the Cannes film festival kicks off in France.
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First World Congress Against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: Declaration and Agenda for Action

This Declaration and Agenda for Action was released at the 1st World Congress against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in Stockholm, Sweden on August 31, 1996.The declaration begins, "We, gathered in Stockholm for the World Congress against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children, representing the Governments of 122 countries, together with non-governmental organizations, the End Child Prostitution in Asian Tourism (ECPAT) campaign, UNICEF and other agencies within the family of the United Nations, and other concerned organizations and individuals worldwide, hereby commit ourselves to a global partnership against the commercial sexual exploitation of children."
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Declaration of the Establishment of the Arctic Council, 1996

With this agreement (also known as the Ottawa Declaration) the Arctic Council was established on September 19, 1996, by Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and the United States. The Arctic Council is a forum to promote collaboration among the Arctic States, Arctic Indigenous communities, and other Arctic inhabitants on issues such as sustainable development and environmental protection.
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The World Next Week: August 29, 2013

with Robert McMahon, James M. Lindsay
A preview of world events in the coming week from CFR.org: Anticipation mounts over outside military action in Syria; the G20 summit begins in St. Petersburg; and President Obama visits Sweden.
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Arctic Environmental Protection Strategy

This strategy, also known as the Finnish Initiative, was signed on June 14, 1991 by Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the USSR, and the United States, five years before the founding of the Arctic Council. The strategy aims to monitor, protect, promote sustainable development in the Arctic region and recognize the rights of indigenous peoples in relation to environmental issues.
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Peace of Westphalia

The Peace of Westphalia is a collection of peace treaties that ended the Thirty Years' War and Eighty Years' War in 1648. Among the treaties' provisions were countries' sovereignty over their territories, territorial changes, and religious tolerance.