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Sweden’s Security Policy after Covid-19.
Swedish Defence University, Centre for Societal Security.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5044-6495
2022 (English)In: Prism, ISSN 2157-0663, E-ISSN 2157-0671, Vol. 9, no 4, p. 75-83Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The pandemic has caused ruptures in how nations view their vulnerabilities and partnerships but also generated new thinking on national and regional security assets. Sweden became the global outlier early in the outbreak—pictured as unconcerned with the spread of the disease, indeed shooting for herd immunity according to some experts and pundits. This image, whether justified or not, came with a cost. Borders with the neighboring Nordics were closed for long periods, its standing in the European Union (EU) arena suffered, and the reputation of this self-proclaimed humanitarian powerhouse took a beating. The national dialogue, especially concerning security and international partnerships, has changed as a result of this “collective trauma.” As light at the end of the tunnel is appearing, new bearings are taken as to improving national readiness, strengthening security, and realignments needed to stay afloat in the trade war that has ensued in a parallel development. The pandemic was a catalyst of many things but perhaps the most lasting will be the need for strategic direction that has not been very pressing since the end of the Cold War. In Sweden that means a revitalized domestic conversation on which of a long list of national interests are truly important in this new era of global turbulence.

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2022. Vol. 9, no 4, p. 75-83
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Security, pandemic, covid-19
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-11875OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-11875DiVA, id: diva2:1804791
Available from: 2023-10-13 Created: 2023-10-13 Last updated: 2023-10-24Bibliographically approved

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