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Nilsson, Niklas, Assistant ProfessorORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0003-3339-3536
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Hickman, K., Weissmann, M., Nilsson, N., Bachman, S.-D., Gunneriusson, H. & Thunholm, P. (Eds.). (2018). Hybrid Threats and Asymmetric Warfare: What to do?. Paper presented at Hybrid Threats and Asymmetric Warfare: What to do? Stockholm 14-15 November, 2017, the Swedish Defence University, Stockholm, Sweden. Stockholm: Land Operations Section, Tactical Warfare Division, Dept. of Military Studies Swedish Defence University (SEDU)
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2018 (English)Conference proceedings (editor) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The international security environment has seemingly departed from a post-cold war period of everlasting peace and has instead evolved into a volatile and increasingly grey area of war and peace. Security challenges arising from both hybrid wars and hybrid threats are high on security agendas in Sweden and Europe as well as internationally. However, despite the attention there is a lack of research that addresses how such “new” wars and threats should be handled. While studies do exist on specific issues, a comprehensive approach to how hybrid wars and threats are to be handled is still lacking. This is particularly the case when it comes to the sharing of experiences between states. This workshop constituted a first step towards developing such a comprehensive approach.

The workshop’s aim was to be a bridge across disciplinary boundaries as well as between researchers and practitioners within and outside Sweden; integrating each group’s extensive experiences and knowledge into a coherent whole. Besides producing and disseminating new knowledge, the intention of the workshop was to establish a foundation for long-term collaboration; the first step in the creation of a European Network on Hybrid Warfare Capabilities that can work across borders and link state of the art of research and practice.

Although mainly a scientific workshop, a number of practitioners were invited, with a mix of presentations by academics and practitioners. This was intended to foster innovative and reflective discussions across the academic-practitioner divide. The workshop also aimed to develop new ideas associated with hybrid threats/warfare in order to facilitate future cooperation

These proceedings include a summary of the key points made by the presenters, along with conclusions and policy recommendations derived from the ensuing discussions. Conference programme and a list of abstracts for the papers and presentations can be found in the appendix.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Land Operations Section, Tactical Warfare Division, Dept. of Military Studies Swedish Defence University (SEDU), 2018. p. 41
Keywords
Hybrid, warfare, assymetric threats, grey area, Asymmetric Warfare, hybrid warfare, Hybrid Threats, military, cyber, lawfare, Sweden, armed forces, army
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies) Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Krigsvetenskap
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-7301 (URN)
Conference
Hybrid Threats and Asymmetric Warfare: What to do? Stockholm 14-15 November, 2017, the Swedish Defence University, Stockholm, Sweden
Funder
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, F16-1240:1
Available from: 2018-02-27 Created: 2018-02-27 Last updated: 2018-02-28Bibliographically approved
Nilsson, N. & Michalski, A. (2018). Resistant to Change? The EU as a Normative Power and Its Troubled Relations with Russia and China. Foreign Policy Analysis
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2018 (English)In: Foreign Policy Analysis, ISSN 1743-8586, E-ISSN 1743-8594Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article, we investigate the European Union's (EU) role as a normative foreign policy actor and its troubled relations to Russia and China. We contend that the lack of preparedness of the EU to foresee the increasingly tense relations with these countries can be explained through a role theoretical perspective. We show that the attachment of the EU to its role as a normative international actor reduced its awareness of Russia's and China's growing refusal to accept the EU's ambition to diffuse liberal norms and principles. The EU's inability to read the changing role expectations of China and Russia hampered the shaping of an appropriate foreign policy leading up the diplomatic crises with these two countries in the late 2000s and early 2010s, respectively. Theoretically, the findings contribute with a novel understanding of role conceptions in terms of reducing an actor's preparedness to acknowledge changes to its international role position caused by challenges raised by antagonistic partners.

Keywords
European Union, foreign policy, China, Russia
National Category
Public Administration Studies
Research subject
Krigsvetenskap
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-8233 (URN)10.1093/fpa/ory008 (DOI)
Available from: 2018-11-23 Created: 2018-11-23 Last updated: 2018-12-05Bibliographically approved
Nilsson, N. (2018). Role Conceptions, Crises, and Georgia's Foreign Policy. Cooperation and Conflict, 1-21
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Role Conceptions, Crises, and Georgia's Foreign Policy
2018 (English)In: Cooperation and Conflict, ISSN 0010-8367, E-ISSN 1460-3691, ISSN 0010-8367, p. 1-21Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article explores the scope conditions of national role conceptions as reference points for foreign policy decision making during crises. It aims to contribute to a refined perspective of the agency of new states undergoing socialization processes in relations with significant others. Drawing on a primary material consisting of interviews with Georgian and US officials, the article analyzes the significance of Georgia’s role conceptions in the country’s relations with the USA in relation to two major crises: the 2007 riots in Tbilisi and the 2008 war with Russia. The article posits that crises provide situational circumstances where the requirements of appropriate behavior associated with role expectations may enter into conflict with the demands of the immediate situation. In order to resolve ensuing role conflicts, actors face the need to both rationalize role expectations, and to compensate for departures from them. In turn, these strategies relate to the possibility for change and stability in role conceptions, and by extension their enactment in foreign policy. The analysis of the Georgian government’s management of the two crises demonstrates actions that implied both rationalization and compensation, aiming to retain the credibility of its existing role conceptions in the eyes of its US counterparts.

Keywords
Crisis, foreign policy, Georgia, role conflict, role theory, socialization
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Research subject
Krigsvetenskap
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-8231 (URN)10.1177/0010836718808332 (DOI)
Available from: 2018-11-23 Created: 2018-11-23 Last updated: 2018-12-05Bibliographically approved
Nilsson, N. (2018). Russian Hybrid Tactics in Georgia. Washington DC and Stockholm: Central Asia-Caucasus Institute and Silk Road Studies Program
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Russian Hybrid Tactics in Georgia
2018 (English)Report (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Washington DC and Stockholm: Central Asia-Caucasus Institute and Silk Road Studies Program, 2018. p. 60
National Category
Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Krigsvetenskap
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-7376 (URN)978-91-88551-04-7 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-03-27 Created: 2018-03-27 Last updated: 2018-03-27Bibliographically approved
Nilsson, N. (2018). Så här bedriver Ryssland hybridkrigföring mot Georgien. Svenska Dagbladet (6 februari)
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2018 (Swedish)In: Svenska Dagbladet, ISSN 1101-2412, no 6 februariArticle in journal, News item (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
National Category
Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Krigsvetenskap
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-7378 (URN)
Available from: 2018-03-27 Created: 2018-03-27 Last updated: 2018-03-27Bibliographically approved
Bakardjieva Engelbrekt, A., Michalski, A., Nilsson, N. & Oxelheim, L. (2018). The EU and the growing number of complex security threats. In: Antonina Bakardjieva Engelbrekt, Anna Michalski, Niklas Nilsson, Lars Oxelheim (Ed.), The European Union: Facing the Challenge of Multiple Security Threats (pp. 1-17). Edward Elgar Publishing
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2018 (English)In: The European Union: Facing the Challenge of Multiple Security Threats / [ed] Antonina Bakardjieva Engelbrekt, Anna Michalski, Niklas Nilsson, Lars Oxelheim, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2018, p. 1-17Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Edward Elgar Publishing, 2018
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Research subject
Krigsvetenskap
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-7426 (URN)9781788111041 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-06-19 Created: 2018-06-19 Last updated: 2018-06-21Bibliographically approved
Bakardjieva Engelbrekt, A., Michalski, A., Nilsson, N. & Oxelheim, L. (Eds.). (2018). The European Union: Facing the Challenge of Multiple Security Threats. Edward Elgar Publishing
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The European Union: Facing the Challenge of Multiple Security Threats
2018 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This book addresses the challenges presented to the EU by an increasingly complex security environment. Through the interdisciplinary approach taken, researchers in economics, law and political science identify a range of problems relating to the multiple security threats that the EU faces, and present new means to address them within their respective fields of expertise. The contributions provide accessible and policy-relevant analyses of crucial challenges to the EU’s ability to function as a political union in the years ahead. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Edward Elgar Publishing, 2018. p. 264
National Category
Other Social Sciences
Research subject
Krigsvetenskap
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-7425 (URN)9781788111041 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-06-19 Created: 2018-06-19 Last updated: 2018-06-21Bibliographically approved
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