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Säkerhet utan alliansfrihet: svenska alliansstrategiers teori och praktik
Swedish Defence University, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Division of Strategy.
2016 (Swedish)In: Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift, ISSN 0039-0747, Vol. 118, no 4, 411-444 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Security Without Non-Alignment: The Theory and Practice of Sweden’s

Alignment Strategies

This article aims to contribute to the present debate on Sweden’s security policy

orientation by introducing some general theoretical propositions and concepts

related to research on alliance formation and alignment strategies of small states.

A further aim of the article is to challenge the mistaken but common view that

Sweden ever since 1814 has pursued a consistent policy of non-military alignment.

The usefulness of these propositions and concepts is firstly illustrated with an analysis

of Sweden’s previous experiences of military alignment and participation in

cooperative security efforts aiming for collective security. Secondly, insights from

Sweden’s previous experiences and general research on alliance behaviour of great

and small powers are used to discuss potential benefits and costs related to three

possible future alignment strategies: (i) a small state military alliance between Finland

and Sweden, (ii) a bilateral military alliance between Sweden the US and (iii)

a Swedish membership in NATO. Finally, the question of continuity and change in

Sweden’s policy of non-alignment is addressed. In answering this question the concepts

of critical junctions, path dependency and external shocks are introduced as

analytical tools to analyse causes of both continuity and change. I relation to these

concepts Sweden’s security strategies have been characterised by far less consistency

than theories of critical junctions or external shocks would lead us to expect.

It is also argued that the policy of non-alignment since the end of the Cold War has

lost most of its practical relevance and that the deteriorating security situation in

Europe has created a need for a new coherent Swedish security strategy.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Statsvetenskaplig tidskrift , 2016. Vol. 118, no 4, 411-444 p.
Keyword [sv]
Alliansstrategier, svensk säkerhetspolitik
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
Research subject
Krigsvetenskap
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-6537OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-6537DiVA: diva2:1065059
Available from: 2017-01-13 Created: 2017-01-13 Last updated: 2017-01-18Bibliographically approved

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