|Monarch Carl XVI Gustaf|
Education Karlstad University
Alma mater Karlstad University
Spouse Jenni Ahlin
|Political party Social Democrats|
Role Swedish Politician
Preceded by Per Westerberg
Name Urban Ahlin
|Born 13 November 1964 (age 51)
Mariestad, Skaraborg County, Sweden (1964-11-13) |
Party Swedish Social Democratic Party
Similar People Ibrahim Baylan, Magdalena Andersson, Stefan Lofven, Per Westerberg
Urban ahlin social democratic party of sweden
Urban Christian Ahlin (born 13 November 1964) is a Swedish Social Democratic Party politician and the Speaker of the Riksdag since 2014. He has been a member of the Swedish parliament since 1994, representing the Västra Götaland County East constituency. He was formerly Foreign Policy spokesman for the Social Democrats.
- Urban ahlin social democratic party of sweden
- Education and career
- Successful mediator
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Education and career
Ahlin was born in Mariestad, Skaraborg County, Sweden. From 1981 to 1982, and again from 1984 to 1985, he was chairman of the local branch of the Swedish Social Democratic Youth League in Mariestad. Between 1985 and 1990 he was chairman of the Social Democratic Youth League in Skaraborg County. Between 1991 and 1998 he was chairman of the Social Democratic Party in Mariestad, Skaraborg County, and between 1999 and 2002 he was the deputy secretary general of the Social Democratic Party. Since 2005 he is chairman of the Social Democratic Party in Skaraborg County.
Between 1985 and 1990 Ahlin studied at the specialist teacher-training course at Karlstad University. He then worked as a teacher at an upper level elementary school in Mariestad, teaching mathematics and general science, until being elected to the Swedish parliament in 1994.
Between 2002 and 2006 Ahlin was chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs in the Swedish parliament. From 2006 to 2014, after the Social Democrats lost power in the 2006 election, he was deputy chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs. During this time, Urban Ahlin was the Foreign Policy spokesperson for the Social Democrats in the Swedish Parliament. In Parliament he held a number of different positions. He was a member of the Advisory Council on Foreign Affairs, a member of the War Delegation, and a deputy member of Committee on European Union Affairs. He was also a member of the party board of the Social Democratic Party.
He has been the chair of the Socialist group in the OSCE PA, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. He is at the moment the deputy chair of the Swedish delegation to NATO Parliamentary Assembly
Following the 2014 election, on 29 September 2014 Ahlin was elected Speaker of the Riksdag for the period 2014-2018. He succeeded Per Westerberg in that post.
Urban Ahlin has been engaged in many mediations and negotiations. In 2007 he managed after extensive meetings and talks to get two Swedish construction workers out from the Iranian prison, Evin, in Tehran. He was the backchannel between Belarus and United States in negotiating the release of the imprisoned presidential candidate in Belarus, Alexander Kozulin. Kozulin was eventually released. Urban Ahlin was also the person behind the scene in the work to release the hostage at the headquarters of the Socialdemocratic Party in Stockholm. The staff had been taken hostage by a group of young members of PKK as a protest after the arrest of their leader Öcalan. Urban Ahlin was the channel talking directly to the youngsters making them to give up after Ahlin gave a promise to attend the court hearings in Turkey. Which he later did together with the former Swedish minister Carl Lidbom.
Urban Ahlin is and has been a member of many different non-profit organisations. He is a founding member of the European Council on Foreign Relations ECFR. He is also a member of the Swedish group of Trilateral Commission. He has been a director of the influential American "think and do tank" EastWest Institute. Urban Ahlin regularly participates in programs and seminars organised by The Aspen Institute, German Marshall Fund GMF and Council on Foreign Relationsin Washington DC. Urban Ahlin is also a member of the International Advisory Board of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferations Studies, CSN at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, CA.
Urban Ahlin received the state Order for Merits to Lithuania from President Adamkus in 2005 for his work to extend the international relationship.