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A security community in the making? Sweden and NATO post-Libya
Swedish National Defence College, Department of Security and Strategic Studies (ISS).
2011 (English)In: European Security, ISSN 0966-2839, E-ISSN 1746-1545, Vol. 20, no 4, 585-603 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The article asks what the evolution of NATO-Swedish relations signifies for the understanding of the evolution of security communities. Given the astonishing evolution of NATO and Sweden as a community of practise, it is logical to imagine the two as forming part of the same security community. It could then be argued that common practise can bring about new security communities rather hastily. Analysing NATO’s and Sweden’s recent discourses on security, the author identifies a significant gap between a principally realist and a predominantly idealist discourse that indicates that the two parties do not share key characteristics of a security community; identities, values and meanings. However, if Libya is the case of the future, the discursive differences may fade and Sweden could more easily pursue its journey towards inclusion in NATO, not as a member of an Alliance, but as a member of NATO as a security community.

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Taylor & Francis Group, 2011. Vol. 20, no 4, 585-603 p.
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NATO Sweden Security Community
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Statsvetenskap med inriktning mot strategi och säkerhetspolitik
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-2086DOI: 10.1080/09662839.2011.633514OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-2086DiVA: diva2:449183
Available from: 2011-10-19 Created: 2011-10-19 Last updated: 2013-08-07Bibliographically approved

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