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Christiansson, Magnus
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Christiansson, M. (2023). Försvar i takt med tiden: De svenska och finländska Natomedlemskapen och den nya nordflanken. In: Anders Frankson (Ed.), Om kriget kommer: Hot, beredskap och försvar (pp. 26-44). Stockholm: Lind & Co
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Försvar i takt med tiden: De svenska och finländska Natomedlemskapen och den nya nordflanken
2023 (Swedish)In: Om kriget kommer: Hot, beredskap och försvar / [ed] Anders Frankson, Stockholm: Lind & Co , 2023, p. 26-44Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Lind & Co, 2023
Keywords
Sverige, Finland, Nato, nordflanken
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Research subject
War Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-11550 (URN)978-91-8018-504-2 (ISBN)
Available from: 2023-05-31 Created: 2023-05-31 Last updated: 2023-08-11Bibliographically approved
Christiansson, M. (2023). Geopolitics in Scandinavia. In: Zak Cope (Ed.), The Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Geopolitics: (pp. 1-18). Palgrave Macmillan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Geopolitics in Scandinavia
2023 (English)In: The Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Geopolitics / [ed] Zak Cope, Palgrave Macmillan, 2023, p. 1-18-Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Geopolitical analysis and geostrategy are vital parts of the Scandinavian realisttradition. It is not a clearly defined academic school, and its connections tovarious forms of realism is often undefined or implicit, but it tends to be unitedby its policy relevance and empirical emphasis. More specifically, in the ColdWar period geopolitical studies in Scandinavia was characterized by a small-stateperspective, focus on state strategies, and the power of history. State strategieswere explored as various forms of small-state adaptation in classic concepts likethe Nordic balance, the Swedish double policy, and Finlandization. Even if criticshave pointed out explanatory shortcomings, the return of Russia as regional threathas also reinforced the use of geopolitical analysis. Future issues in Scandinaviangeopolitics are both conceptual (what is it?), theoretical (what can it explain?),and empirical (the impact of shifting power structures in international relations)

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Palgrave Macmillan, 2023
Keywords
Geopolitics, Scandinavia, Nordic region, small-state perspective, strategy, history
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-12226 (URN)
Available from: 2024-02-12 Created: 2024-02-12 Last updated: 2024-02-14
Christiansson, M. (2023). Gästredaktörens förord. Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift, 125(3), 511-517
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Gästredaktörens förord
2023 (Swedish)In: Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift, ISSN 0039-0747, Vol. 125, no 3, p. 511-517Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Fahlbeckska stiftelsen, 2023
Keywords
Förord
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-11715 (URN)
Available from: 2023-07-11 Created: 2023-07-11 Last updated: 2023-11-20Bibliographically approved
Christiansson, M. (2023). Natos forskning. Stockholm: Försvarshögskolan (FHS)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Natos forskning
2023 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Försvarshögskolan (FHS), 2023. p. 29
Keywords
Nato, forskning, Science and technology organization, forskningsstrategi
National Category
Public Administration Studies
Research subject
War Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-11406 (URN)
Funder
Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency
Available from: 2023-01-31 Created: 2023-01-31 Last updated: 2023-11-20Bibliographically approved
Christiansson, M. (Ed.). (2023). Tema: kriget i Ukraina: Statsvetenskaplig tidskrift Vol. 125 No. 3 (2023). Lund: Fahlbeckska stiftelsen
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Tema: kriget i Ukraina: Statsvetenskaplig tidskrift Vol. 125 No. 3 (2023)
2023 (Swedish)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Fahlbeckska stiftelsen, 2023. p. 340
Series
Statsvetenskaplig tidskrift, ISSN 0039-0747 ; Vol 125, Nr. 3
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
War Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-11714 (URN)
Available from: 2023-07-11 Created: 2023-07-11 Last updated: 2023-08-08Bibliographically approved
Christiansson, M. (2023). Vägen till kriget i Ukraina: Ett ramverk för strategisk analys. Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift, 125(3), 519-544
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Vägen till kriget i Ukraina: Ett ramverk för strategisk analys
2023 (Swedish)In: Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift, ISSN 0039-0747, Vol. 125, no 3, p. 519-544Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Political scientists are often asked to make public assessments about strategic events.The tendency to rely on historical analogy is problematic as method, while academicmethod proper is to slow, and the problem addressed in this article is how to improveanalytical assessments in strategic affairs. I use and develop an analytical frameworkintroduced during the Cold War by Sovietologist Michael MccGwire in order to systematizeexpert assessments. In the empirical section I illustrate it with an inquiry into theprelude to the escalation in Ukraine 2022. The inquiry shows that the Russian actionsto subordinate Belarus in the Spring of 2021 is key to the understanding of the ensuingmilitary and diplomatic events that often was mistaken as Russian coercive diplomacy.The empirically grounded assessments show that the framework could have improvedprecision in assessments in the run-up to the approaching war.

Keywords
Ukraina, expertis, utrikespolitisk analys, metod
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Research subject
War Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-12088 (URN)
Available from: 2024-01-03 Created: 2024-01-03 Last updated: 2024-01-04Bibliographically approved
Christiansson, M. (Ed.). (2022). Defence and Security: Festschrift in Honour of Tomas Ries. Stockholm: Försvarshögskolan (FHS)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Defence and Security: Festschrift in Honour of Tomas Ries
2022 (English)Collection (editor) (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Försvarshögskolan (FHS), 2022. p. 202
Keywords
Festschrift, defence, security, war studies, Northern Europe
National Category
Other Social Sciences
Research subject
War Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-10828 (URN)978-91-88975-15-7 (ISBN)
Available from: 2022-05-19 Created: 2022-05-19 Last updated: 2022-07-12Bibliographically approved
Christiansson, M. (2022). La Svezia nella Nato cambia l'ecuazione Baltica. Limes – Rivista Italiana de Geopolitica (5), 101-104
Open this publication in new window or tab >>La Svezia nella Nato cambia l'ecuazione Baltica
2022 (Italian)In: Limes – Rivista Italiana de Geopolitica, ISSN 1124-9048, no 5, p. 101-104Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Keywords
Sverige, Nato, Östersjön
National Category
Other Social Sciences
Research subject
War Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-11264 (URN)
Available from: 2023-01-09 Created: 2023-01-09 Last updated: 2023-01-12Bibliographically approved
Christiansson, M. (2020). Defence transformation in Sweden: The strategic governance of pivoting projects 2000-2010. (Doctoral dissertation). Stockholm: Santérus Academic Press Sweden
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Defence transformation in Sweden: The strategic governance of pivoting projects 2000-2010
2020 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The thesis investigates the political control of the Swedish defence transformation in the second decade after the end of the Cold War. It focuses on high-level political and administrative processes and methods used in governing the Swedish Armed Forces. The existing understanding of political control in civil-military relations theory has two main shortcomings: it confuses the unique role of the military as sui generis with an exceptional(ist) theory for higher government, and its view of higher government is limited/partly misleading. The thesis presents a more elaborate conceptual framework -- strategic governance -- based on contemporary governance theory. The latter features two governance dimensions, organizing and microsteering, which are investigated in three within-case studies of “pivoting projects” for defence transformation: 1) the EU’s Nordic Battle Group 08 under Swedish leadership; 2) the development of a market-based acquisition system; and, lastly, 3) the governance of Sweden’s contribution to Afghanistan. An important finding of the thesis is that higher government in Sweden is not a hierarchical “machine” as depicted in civil-military relations research, but that military and civilian officials alike should be viewed as “servants”, or officarius. In fact, military officers and civilians often work under a "hands-off" mandate without direct supervision. Another finding is the ability of the Swedish Armed Forces to act according to the norms of higher government, rather than in conformity with military professional skills. Since neither reliance on military expertise nor active political involvement is a crucial factor for control, the theoretical implication is that other case studies should employ a governance approach rather than civil-military relations theory. The normative challenges that follow from the research include a) the need to develop a skill set adjusted to higher government in the military officer corps; b) the problem of identifying distinct areas of responsibility/accountability in strategic governance; and, ultimately, c) the necessity of improving coordination between different sectors relevant for national security, as the Swedish model for higher government in some respects is incompatible with strict requirements for generating a “grand strategy”.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Santérus Academic Press Sweden, 2020. p. 372
Series
Stockholm studies in politics, ISSN 0346-6620 ; 189
Keywords
strategy, governance, civil-military relations, Sweden, Nordic Battle Group, defence acquisition, Afghanistan
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Krigsvetenskap
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-9464 (URN)978-91-7335-058-7 (ISBN)
Public defence
2020-10-30, Sverigesalen, Drottning Kristinas väg 37, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2020-10-09 Created: 2020-10-09 Last updated: 2021-04-07Bibliographically approved
Christiansson, M. (2018). Defense planning beyond rationalism: the third offset strategy as a case of metagovernance. Defence Studies, 18(3), 262-278
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Defense planning beyond rationalism: the third offset strategy as a case of metagovernance
2018 (English)In: Defence Studies, ISSN 1470-2436, E-ISSN 1743-9698, Vol. 18, no 3, p. 262-278Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article analyzes U.S. defense planning, and more specifically the public administration of the third offset strategy. The U.S. defense bureaucracy is rooted in a tradition of rational planning, which assumes a process of consistent, value-maximizing choices within specified constrains. The cornerstone in this tradition is the program budgeting system, once created to connect plans with budgets according to preferences. The third offset strategy, aimed at dealing with the challenges of geopolitical competition and budget austerity, is influenced by a different public administration philosophy described as metagovernance. Metagovernance is a challenge to rational planning as it entails an indirect approach of organizing arenas for networks, in which start-up companies and civilian corporations get to interact with government officials in order to identify incrementally suitable acquisition projects. Furthermore, the article contextualizes this tendency in reflexive modernity, in which rationality breaks down due to the pace of societal changes and planning processes constantly become subject to feedback.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2018
Keywords
Planning, new public management, third offset strategy, acquisition, metagovernance, reflexive modernity
National Category
Public Administration Studies
Research subject
Krigsvetenskap
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-6727 (URN)10.1080/14702436.2017.1335581 (DOI)
Available from: 2017-06-12 Created: 2017-06-12 Last updated: 2018-08-08Bibliographically approved
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