Ambassador (R) Ingmar Karlsson graduated from the School of Economics, Gothenburg, and has a BA degree from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden in Economics. He also holds the degree, Doctor of Divinity from Lund University and Doctor of Political Science hc at the University of Vaxjo. He is currently a Senior Fellow at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Lund.From 1967 onwards, he has been employed at the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. After working at the Swedish embassies in Bogota, Vienna, Alger, Damascus, Beijing and Bonn, he became Ambassador and Head of policy planning at the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 1996 - 2001, he served as an Ambassador in Prague and Bratislava. Between 2001 and 2009, he was the Consul General in Istanbul. Ambassador Karlsson has published 15 books on a variety of subjects including Turkey-EU Relations, Kurdish question, Islam and Europe.