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Today is Friday, August 17, 2018 at 10:43 AM.

In September and October Ingvar Carlsson, former prime minister of Sweden and a personal friend of President Steven Koblik's, was a guest of the college. Carlsson spent time on campus with students and faculty members, both in classes and informally. He also delivered two lectures to a packed Vollum Lecture Hall: "Challenges for the European Union" was the inaugural lecture of the Munk-Darling Lecture Fund in International Relations, and the "Future of the welfare state" was the topic of his second lecture.

Carlsson served as prime minister of Sweden from 1986 to 1991 and from 1994 to 1996. He also has been co-chair of both the Commission to Reform the United Nations and the Commission on Global Governance. Carlsson is active in a variety of international bodies, most recently involving efforts to enhance and enlarge the European Union.

What follows are excerpts from an interview with Carlsson by senior Francisco Toro, a political science major and editor of the Quest, Reed's student newspaper.