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  • 1.
    Christiansson, Magnus
    Swedish National Defence College, Department of Security and Strategic Studies (ISS), Strategy Section.
    Danmark2009Report (Other academic)
  • 2.
    Christiansson, Magnus
    Swedish Defence University, Department of War Studies and Military History, Strategy Division.
    Defence and Security: Festschrift in Honour of Tomas Ries2022Collection (editor) (Other academic)
  • 3.
    Christiansson, Magnus
    Swedish Defence University, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Division of Strategy. Stockholms universitet, Statsvetenskapliga institutionen.
    Defence transformation in Sweden: The strategic governance of pivoting projects 2000-20102020Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The thesis investigates the political control of the Swedish defence transformation in the second decade after the end of the Cold War. It focuses on high-level political and administrative processes and methods used in governing the Swedish Armed Forces. The existing understanding of political control in civil-military relations theory has two main shortcomings: it confuses the unique role of the military as sui generis with an exceptional(ist) theory for higher government, and its view of higher government is limited/partly misleading. The thesis presents a more elaborate conceptual framework -- strategic governance -- based on contemporary governance theory. The latter features two governance dimensions, organizing and microsteering, which are investigated in three within-case studies of “pivoting projects” for defence transformation: 1) the EU’s Nordic Battle Group 08 under Swedish leadership; 2) the development of a market-based acquisition system; and, lastly, 3) the governance of Sweden’s contribution to Afghanistan. An important finding of the thesis is that higher government in Sweden is not a hierarchical “machine” as depicted in civil-military relations research, but that military and civilian officials alike should be viewed as “servants”, or officarius. In fact, military officers and civilians often work under a "hands-off" mandate without direct supervision. Another finding is the ability of the Swedish Armed Forces to act according to the norms of higher government, rather than in conformity with military professional skills. Since neither reliance on military expertise nor active political involvement is a crucial factor for control, the theoretical implication is that other case studies should employ a governance approach rather than civil-military relations theory. The normative challenges that follow from the research include a) the need to develop a skill set adjusted to higher government in the military officer corps; b) the problem of identifying distinct areas of responsibility/accountability in strategic governance; and, ultimately, c) the necessity of improving coordination between different sectors relevant for national security, as the Swedish model for higher government in some respects is incompatible with strict requirements for generating a “grand strategy”.

  • 4.
    Christiansson, Magnus
    Swedish Defence University, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Division of Strategy.
    Defense planning beyond rationalism: the third offset strategy as a case of metagovernance2018In: Defence Studies, ISSN 1470-2436, E-ISSN 1743-9698, Vol. 18, no 3, p. 262-278Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article analyzes U.S. defense planning, and more specifically the public administration of the third offset strategy. The U.S. defense bureaucracy is rooted in a tradition of rational planning, which assumes a process of consistent, value-maximizing choices within specified constrains. The cornerstone in this tradition is the program budgeting system, once created to connect plans with budgets according to preferences. The third offset strategy, aimed at dealing with the challenges of geopolitical competition and budget austerity, is influenced by a different public administration philosophy described as metagovernance. Metagovernance is a challenge to rational planning as it entails an indirect approach of organizing arenas for networks, in which start-up companies and civilian corporations get to interact with government officials in order to identify incrementally suitable acquisition projects. Furthermore, the article contextualizes this tendency in reflexive modernity, in which rationality breaks down due to the pace of societal changes and planning processes constantly become subject to feedback.

  • 5.
    Christiansson, Magnus
    Swedish National Defence College, Department of Security and Strategic Studies (ISS), Strategy Section.
    Drömmen om samfällighet1998In: Politik & samhälle, ISSN 1402-9170, no 2, p. 102Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 6.
    Christiansson, Magnus
    Swedish National Defence College, Department of Security and Strategic Studies (ISS), Strategy Section.
    Eight Essays in Contemporary War Studies2007Collection (editor) (Other academic)
  • 7.
    Christiansson, Magnus
    Swedish National Defence College, Department of Security and Strategic Studies (ISS), Strategy Section.
    Far Away, So Close: Comparing Danish and Swedish Security and Defence Policies2009In: Militært tidsskrift, ISSN 0026-3850, no 3, p. 1-18Article in journal (Refereed)
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  • 8.
    Christiansson, Magnus
    Swedish National Defence College, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Strategiavdelningen med folkrättscentrum.
    Fjärran, så nära: en jämförelse mellan dansk och svensk försvars- och säkerhetspolitik2012In: Norden mellan stormakter och fredsförbund: Nordiskt säkerhetspolitiskt samarbete i det gamla och nya Europa / [ed] Fredrik Doeser, Magnus Petersson, Jacob Westberg, Stockholm: Santérus Academic Press Sweden, 2012Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 9.
    Christiansson, Magnus
    Swedish Defence University, Department of War Studies and Military History, Strategy Division.
    Försvar i takt med tiden: De svenska och finländska Natomedlemskapen och den nya nordflanken2023In: Om kriget kommer: Hot, beredskap och försvar / [ed] Anders Frankson, Stockholm: Lind & Co , 2023, p. 26-44Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 10.
    Christiansson, Magnus
    Swedish Defence University, Department of War Studies, Strategy Division.
    Geopolitics in Scandinavia2023In: The Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Geopolitics / [ed] Zak Cope, Palgrave Macmillan, 2023, p. 1-18-Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Geopolitical analysis and geostrategy are vital parts of the Scandinavian realisttradition. It is not a clearly defined academic school, and its connections tovarious forms of realism is often undefined or implicit, but it tends to be unitedby its policy relevance and empirical emphasis. More specifically, in the ColdWar period geopolitical studies in Scandinavia was characterized by a small-stateperspective, focus on state strategies, and the power of history. State strategieswere explored as various forms of small-state adaptation in classic concepts likethe Nordic balance, the Swedish double policy, and Finlandization. Even if criticshave pointed out explanatory shortcomings, the return of Russia as regional threathas also reinforced the use of geopolitical analysis. Future issues in Scandinaviangeopolitics are both conceptual (what is it?), theoretical (what can it explain?),and empirical (the impact of shifting power structures in international relations)

  • 11.
    Christiansson, Magnus
    Swedish Defence University, Department of War Studies and Military History, Strategy Division.
    Gästredaktörens förord2023In: Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift, ISSN 0039-0747, Vol. 125, no 3, p. 511-517Article in journal (Refereed)
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  • 12.
    Christiansson, Magnus
    Swedish National Defence College, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Strategy Section.
    Hur kan Sverige bli medlem i Nato?2011In: Kungl Krigsvetenskapsakademiens Handlingar och Tidskrift, ISSN 0023-5369, no Nr 4, p. 132-137Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
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  • 13.
    Christiansson, Magnus
    Swedish Defence University, Department of War Studies and Military History, Strategy Division.
    La Svezia nella Nato cambia l'ecuazione Baltica2022In: Limes – Rivista Italiana de Geopolitica, ISSN 1124-9048, no 5, p. 101-104Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 14.
    Christiansson, Magnus
    Swedish National Defence College, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Strategy Section.
    Lejonet, räven och björnen2008In: Vårt försvar, ISSN 0042–2800, no 4, p. 12-15Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 15.
    Christiansson, Magnus
    Swedish Defence University, Department of War Studies and Military History, Strategy Division.
    Natos forskning2023Report (Other academic)
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  • 16.
    Christiansson, Magnus
    Swedish National Defence College, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Strategiavdelningen med folkrättscentrum (upphört).
    Pooling, Sharing and Specializing: NATO and International Defence Cooperation2013In: NATO beyond 9/11: The Transformation of the Atlantic Alliance / [ed] Ellen Hallams, Luca Ratti and Benjamin Zyla, Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, p. 178-197Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article has mapped and analyzed internationaldefence cooperation with an emphasis on developments in NATO. In the mapping ofthe processes of defence cooperation initiatives in NATO after the Cold War and9/11, we concluded that there has been a steady stream of capabilitycatalogues, coordination measures and creation of joint ventures. In theanalysis we noted the different types of defence cooperation initiatives(sharing of capabilities, pooling of capabilities, role- and task sharing,co-development, and pooling of acquisitions), the character of the process(sequential and repetitive), and the dynamic and conditions (trade off dynamicsinfluenced by perceived gains, degree of solidarity, strategic similarities,degree of common understanding of political investment, and geographicproximity). The final part of the text elaborated on the potential consequencesof international defence cooperation; in this part we concluded that the threecategories, that might well mirror the future of the transatlantic securityarchitecture, are minimal defence cooperation, flexible defence cooperation orregional defence integration.

  • 17.
    Christiansson, Magnus
    Swedish National Defence College, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Strategy Section.
    Solidarity and Sovereignty: The Two-Dimensional Game of Swedish Security Policy2011In: Connections - The Quarterly Journal, ISSN 1812-1098, Vol. 10, no 1, p. 1-23Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 18.
    Christiansson, Magnus
    Swedish National Defence College, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Strategy Section.
    Solidarity and Sovereignty: The Two-Dimensional Game of Swedish Security Policy2010In: Baltic Security and Defence Review, ISSN 1736-3772, Vol. 12, no 2, p. 26-49Article in journal (Refereed)
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  • 19.
    Christiansson, Magnus
    Swedish National Defence College, Department of Security and Strategic Studies (ISS), Strategy Section.
    Säkerhetspolitisk teori2004 (ed. 1)Book (Other academic)
  • 20.
    Christiansson, Magnus
    Swedish Defence University, Department of War Studies and Military History, Strategy Division.
    Tema: kriget i Ukraina: Statsvetenskaplig tidskrift Vol. 125 No. 3 (2023)2023Collection (editor) (Refereed)
  • 21.
    Christiansson, Magnus
    Swedish National Defence College, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Strategy Section.
    The Military Balance in the Baltic Sea Region: Notes on a Defunct Concept2011In: Nordic Cooperation in the Far North / [ed] Laura Salmela, Helsingfors: National Defence University, Department of Strategic and Defence Studies , 2011, p. 59-79Conference paper (Other academic)
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  • 22.
    Christiansson, Magnus
    Swedish National Defence College, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Strategy Section.
    The Military Balance in the Baltic Sea Region: Notes on a Defunct Concept2012In: Power in the 21st Century: International Security and International Political Economy in a Changing World / [ed] Enrico Fels, Jan-Frederik Kremer & Katharina Kronenberg, Springer, 2012, 1, p. 117-136Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 23.
    Christiansson, Magnus
    Swedish Defence University, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Division of Strategy.
    The NATO question in Sweden under the Trump presidency: Military non-alignment between power politics and feminist foreign policy2017In: Finland, Sweden & NATO: Did Trump Change Everything? / [ed] Jaan Siitonen, Helsingfors: Svenska Bildningsförbundet , 2017, p. 39-56Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
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  • 24.
    Christiansson, Magnus
    Swedish Defence University, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Strategiavdelningen med folkrättscentrum (upphört).
    The Partnerfication of NATO: From Wall-building to Bridge-building?2014In: Cooperative Security: NATO's Partnership Policy in a Changing World / [ed] Trine Flockhart, Copenhagen: Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) , 2014, p. 60-73Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This chapter tries to supplement some of the early efforts to interpret the development of NATO’s partnership policy, as well as to widen it somewhat into a military operational perspective. Three official speeches on the executive level in the US are analyzed, including their references to military doctrines, in order to find the strategic rationale that underpins the new globalized partnership agenda. Two operational frameworks can be identified for the US: networking and access. Networking is centered on the decapitation of enemies and is being pursued in an on-going global or transnational shadow war. Access is centered on deterrence in Asia. Both frameworks rest on the concept of partnerships, and this is a contributory factor for their growing importance in the Alliance. This ‘partnerfication’ of NATO will certainly contribute to flexibility, but there is a clear risk that it will not be in the interests of all European states, members or partners alike.

  • 25.
    Christiansson, Magnus
    Swedish National Defence College, Department of Security and Strategic Studies (ISS), Strategy Section.
    "Till minne av ett Europa vi aldrig mer vill se"2010In: Svensk Tidskrift, ISSN 0039-677X, Vol. 8 oktoberArticle in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 26.
    Christiansson, Magnus
    Swedish National Defence College, Department of Security and Strategic Studies (ISS), Strategy Section.
    USA and Europe in the International System - Four American Perspectives2005In: NATO vs. EU? Security Strategies for Europe / [ed] Bernhard May & May-Britt Stumbaum (eds.), Berlin: DGAP , 2005Chapter in book (Other academic)
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    USA and Europe in the International System - Four American Perspectives
  • 27.
    Christiansson, Magnus
    Swedish National Defence College, Department of Security and Strategic Studies (ISS), Strategy Section.
    Utgångspunkter2009Report (Other academic)
  • 28.
    Christiansson, Magnus
    Swedish National Defence College, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Strategy Section.
    Vägen från Zulu: bilder av en kolonialoperation2008In: Krigsvetenskaplig årsbok 2007 / [ed] Dan Öberg, Stockholm: Försvarshögskolan , 2008, p. 43-60Chapter in book (Other academic)
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  • 29.
    Christiansson, Magnus
    Swedish Defence University, Department of War Studies and Military History, Strategy Division.
    Vägen till kriget i Ukraina: Ett ramverk för strategisk analys2023In: Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift, ISSN 0039-0747, Vol. 125, no 3, p. 519-544Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Political scientists are often asked to make public assessments about strategic events.The tendency to rely on historical analogy is problematic as method, while academicmethod proper is to slow, and the problem addressed in this article is how to improveanalytical assessments in strategic affairs. I use and develop an analytical frameworkintroduced during the Cold War by Sovietologist Michael MccGwire in order to systematizeexpert assessments. In the empirical section I illustrate it with an inquiry into theprelude to the escalation in Ukraine 2022. The inquiry shows that the Russian actionsto subordinate Belarus in the Spring of 2021 is key to the understanding of the ensuingmilitary and diplomatic events that often was mistaken as Russian coercive diplomacy.The empirically grounded assessments show that the framework could have improvedprecision in assessments in the run-up to the approaching war.

  • 30. Stumbaum, May-Britt
    et al.
    Christiansson, MagnusSwedish National Defence College, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Strategy Section.
    Security Challenges in Times of Change: Regional Options for Co-operation and Development2007Conference proceedings (editor) (Other academic)
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