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Sweden’s Security. The Long Way Towards Total Defence
Sweden’s Security. The Long Way Towards Total Defence

Author(s): Justyna Gotkowska
Subject(s): Government/Political systems, Security and defense, Military policy, Peace and Conflict Studies
Published by: OSW Ośrodek Studiów Wschodnich im. Marka Karpia
Keywords: Sweden; security; defence; Military cooperation; Russia; The Nordic Defence Cooperation;
Summary/Abstract: Since 2008, the Swedish security and defence establishment has become increasingly concerned about the security of the country and the Nordic‑Baltic region. Russia’s repeated violations of international law, the unravelling of the European security architecture, the dismantling of the arms control regime and rising tensions between the US and Europe have contributed to this rising insecurity. Russia’s 2014 intervention in Ukraine was a reason for a thorough redefinition of Swedish security policy, although this process had already begun after the 2008 Russian‑Georgian war. Between 2015 and 2020, territorial defence was made a priority, which was reflected in changes to the Swedish Armed Forces and the stepping up of military cooperation with NATO, the US, and Finland. The security strategy for 2021–2025 outlines the further transformation of the Swedish Armed Forces and of Sweden’s defence policy.

  • E-ISBN-13: 978-83-65827-67-8
  • Print-ISBN-13: 978-83-65827-67-8
  • Page Count: 28
  • Publication Year: 2021
  • Language: English