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Om Andreas Berg

Andreas är utsänd av FBA till EU Advisory Mission for Ukraine där han arbetar som Coordination and Cooperation Officer. Han har tidigare varit utsänd av FBA till EU:s observatörsinsats i Georgien, till EU:s utrikestjänst EEAS i Bryssel, och till EU:s insats för att stärka rättsstaten i Kosovo, EULEX Kosovo. Andreas är svensk-amerikan, ursprungligen från Stockholm men uppväxt främst i Kalifornien. Han har tidigare studerat historia på University of California i Berkeley och internationella relationer på King's College i London.

What is the last ‘normal’ thing you remember doing? In the extreme year of 2020, many of us have asked this question, trying to remember the last event or activity where we blissfully, innocently, spent time in public spaces without caution, moving through crowds, kissing cheeks, and sharing food in a way that now feels reckless or at least decadent and daring. For me the answer would probably be attending a wine festival in Kyiv in ... Läs hela inlägget »

Almost six months ago I wrote about the prospects for reform in Ukraine following the decisive election of a new president and parliament, driven by the desire of the voting public for major reform and stabilization of a country still involved in an ongoing conflict.

Since then, the new government has frequently been tested by complex challenges at home and abroad, testing its endurance while already challenged with the immense task of reforming and restoring public trust ... Läs hela inlägget »

When I first arrived in Kyiv six months ago, I looked out over the city from the hilltop near the office of the EU Advisory Mission for Ukraine (EUAM) where I had just started a job as Coordination and Cooperation Officer. It became immediately clear why the city came to be founded here over 1,000 years ago and why it today is the capital of Ukraine. The mighty Dnepr River splits the city in half, flowing ... Läs hela inlägget »

Summertime in Tbilisi has arrived, carried in on the back of dramatic thunderstorms sweeping in from the Black Sea, pouring down enough rain to transform the steep streets of the old town into short-lived rivers, and leaving daily temperatures slightly higher after every visit. Soon even such weather-driven drama will dissipate however, settling into a steady 35 degree heat during July and August, predictable enough to allow for the planning of cooling hikes in the Caucasus ... Läs hela inlägget »

The distinct smell of coal dust creeps into your nose as soon as you step off the plane in Pristina, a strange and familiar welcome back greeting for those of us intimate with this small corner of Europe. I felt it again in November 2017 when I came to Kosovo for a few days of visiting old friends and colleagues. For anyone with strong memories of living in a foreign country, you will remember the joys ... Läs hela inlägget »

The view from Tbilisi

16 augusti, 2017 av

Summertime in Tbilisi, and the temperature seems to permanently hover at 35 degrees. Among the crumbling mansions of the old city, maturing grapes can be plucked directly from the vines spanning the narrow streets, shaded courtyards and stone churches provide a cooling escape from the sun, and basement restaurants advertise tempting Georgian dishes heavy with dumplings, cheese, and barbeque shashlik. In the forested headquarters compound of the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM) the sound of ... Läs hela inlägget »

For those of us who have worked abroad for FBA over the years, there is a certain familiar pattern one gets used to in this very particular world. Times of excitement, challenge, and high activity come with a new assignment in an international mission or position in the field, followed by periods of rest and recovery after a completed task, followed by patience (and impatience) waiting and hoping for new opportunities to continue one’s career. For ... Läs hela inlägget »

Regardless of the weather (which indeed is frequently poor), a stroll around the central European Quarter of Brussels is an impressive experience. I was reminded of this when I returned to the European capital for a new assignment for the FBA this summer, as Strategic Planner within the European External Action Service (EEAS.) Walking up Rue de la Loi and arriving at Place Schuman, you see in every direction the temples of the European project in ... Läs hela inlägget »

​In international missions and post conflict environments—as in so many other areas of life—it is often easier to start something than to finish it. The start of a new project or mission tends to elicit, among those of us who love this work, excitement, curiosity, and eagerness to make a difference in a new setting. Indeed, stepping into unknown territory, everything seems possible. New initiatives are also those we tend to hear the most about in the media, whether it’s ... Läs hela inlägget »

När jag sist skrev om läget i Kosovo i maj 2014 inväntade vi nyval och en regering med förmåga att genomföra viktiga säkerhetssektorreformer i landet. Mitt eget mål när jag började arbeta som FBA:s rådgivare till Kosovos säkerhetsrådssekretariat var att stödja utvecklingen av en nationell strategi med riktlinjer för en hållbar och balanserad utveckling av landets myndigheter och säkerhetsaktörer; en holistisk strategi för att säkra människans trygghet i samhället. Verkligheten blev dock lite mer komplicerad än ... Läs hela inlägget »