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Sweden’s 2017–18 UNSC Formula: Mobilizing the MFA’s Competitive Advantages, Highlighting Africa, and Boosting the E10
Swedish Defence University, Department of Political Science and Law, Political Science Division.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3218-5647
2023 (English)In: International Peacekeeping, ISSN 1353-3312, E-ISSN 1743-906X, Vol. 30, no 3, p. 358-379Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article examines Sweden’s successful 2016 bid to serve at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and shows that the subsequent 2017–18 tenure relied on a formula with three key elements. One was to mobilize the competitive advantages of its Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), and a second to systematically highlight Africa-related priorities. A third element was to boost the standing of the E10 category of members in day-to-day diplomatic practice. After securing a plurality of votes in the General Assembly, Swedish diplomats went to work with a unique constellation of concurrently serving likeminded countries, generally receptive to Stockholm’s priorities. The formula appears to have contributed to a solid performance in 2017–2018. That said, the UNSC is not conducive to individual E10 members having a lasting impact on its institutional memory.

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2023. Vol. 30, no 3, p. 358-379
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Sweden, diplomacy, elected members, Africa
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Political Science
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-11538DOI: 10.1080/13533312.2023.2196019OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-11538DiVA, id: diva2:1761333
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The Nordic Africa Institute, the Institute for Pan-African Thought and Conversation at the University of Johannesburg and the University of Pretoria’s Centre for the Advancement Scholarship/FormasAvailable from: 2023-06-01 Created: 2023-06-01 Last updated: 2023-10-13Bibliographically approved

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