The Things They Carried: The Plugged-in Foreign Minister

Carl Bildt, the gadget-obsessed, hyper-accessible Swedish foreign minister, says he spends more than 200 days on the road a year (and that's if his travel is "below average"). "You need to," he says, to "be able to influence things." In between catching the Paris Air Show and flying home for the Swedish midsummer holiday, he spoke with Foreign Policy about what's in his basic black Tumi carry-on.

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Photographs by Neil Snape 

Photographs by Neil Snape 

Photographs by Neil Snape 

Britt Peterson is a contributing editor and columnist for Washingtonian magazine, as well as a freelancer for the New York Times Book Review, Slate, and Elle. Previously, she was an editor at Foreign Policy, where she oversaw the magazine’s culture section. Twitter: @brittkpeterson

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