Sweden’s ambassador to the DPRK 2001–2005, and the Swedish Government’s Special Advisor for Korean Peninsula affairs 2005-2008
Ambassador Paul Beijer is a retired diplomat with over 30 years’ service in the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. He is also a Distinguished Associate Fellow at SIPRI. Ambassador Beijer served as Sweden’s ambassador to the DPRK 2001–2005, and was the Swedish Government’s Special Advisor for Korean Peninsula affairs 2005-2008. He retired in 2017, but he continues to work part-time for the Swedish MFA as a negotiator and policy expert, and in parallel as a private consultant. He has also served as Sweden’s ambassador to Bulgaria (2008-2010). From 2011 until his retirement in 2017 he was Sweden’s Head of Delegation to several multilateral export control fora, primarily the Wassenaar Arrangement and the Arms Trade Treaty, also serving as chair of a number of bodies in the area. Earlier postings have included Angola (1984-1987), the OECD in Paris (1987-1988), and serving as one of Sweden’s negotiators in the GATT Uruguay Round (1989-1992). 1992-2001 he worked in Sweden’s Export Control Authority, the final three years as Director of StrategicExport Controls in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.