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Ambassador Paul Beijer

Distinguished Associate Fellow

Ambassador Paul Beijer

Paul Beijer

Ambassador Paul Beijer was a Distinguished Associate Fellow with SIPRI's Conflict and Peace and Armament and Disarmament research areas. Paul Beijer is a retired diplomat with over 30 years experience with the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and is currently working as a consultant. Apart from his engagement at SIPRI, he participates as an expert in the EU program for ATT Implementation Assistance and other ATT assistance efforts.

During 2010–17 Paul beijer was responsible for Sweden’s participation in the UN Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) process and in parallel, he was Sweden’s representative to the Wassenaar Arrangement (WA). In 2016 he chaired the Wassenaar Arrangement General Working Group, as well as the UN Register Group of Governmental Experts, and the Arms Trade Treaty Working Group on Reporting Templates. Ambassador Beijer also worked in various capacities in the Swedish export control sector from 1992-2001 and was Director of Strategic Export Controls in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs 1998-2001. In 2001 he chaired the EU Working Group on Conventional Arms Exports COARM. He has also served as Sweden’s ambassador to the DPRK 2001–05, and to Bulgaria 2008–10. Other foreign postings include Angola 1984-87, and Paris (OECD) 1987-88. He worked as GATT Uruguay Round negotiator 1989-92. Following his posting to Pyongyang, he worked as Special Advisor to the Swedish Government on Korean Peninsula Issues 2006-2008.

Subject expertise

North Korea; arms export controls; transparency in international arms transfers; multilateral negotiations

Regional expertise

Northeast Asia

Swedish, English

Degree in Economics and Business Administration from the Stockholm School of Economics, 1979

External publications