Reports | Briefings

Swedish UN Initiative in Mali: Real Challenges and Real Difference

March 14, 2017

In 2014, Sweden sent 250 soldiers to Mali for a mission against Islamic extremism in an ongoing conflict and peacekeeping zone, which has become one of the deadliest UN peacekeeping missions in history. Embedded journalist Annica Ögren reported on the operation in Mali, highlighting the Swedish contingency’s efforts and challenges as separatist and Islamist groups […]

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From Model to Warning Sign (in Swedish)

October 5, 2016

Free trade has become one of the most burning political issues in advance of the American presidential election. Using powerful mobilization techniques, different interests try to fuel the increasing skepticism towards free trade in the public eye, specifically free trade agreements. In the report “From Model to Warning Sign – USA and the opposition to […]

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Towards a Geoeconomic Era? (in Swedish)

September 5, 2016

In the debate on international relations we hear more and more that classic geopolitics has made a comeback. However, a historical difference is that today’s battlegrounds between states are just as economic as they are political or military. Geopolitics and economy are converging. In the forthcoming report “Towards a Geoeconomic Era? Economic tools as instruments of […]

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TTIP: a geopolitical tool in a multipolar world (in Swedish)

August 22, 2016

The negotiations between the EU and the US on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) started in June 2013. TTIP has great potential to generate jobs and growth on both sides of the Atlantic. But an extensive trade agreement would also involve a geopolitical dimension. In a time when Europe and the US face […]

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Briefing: Swedish-Finnish Military Cooperation: What Do We Mean? (in Swedish)

April 19, 2016

Sweden and Finland have launched a military and defense cooperative agreement. The Swedish and Finnish governments have clearly stated that the cooperation between the two countries shall continue to deepen. It indicates that it will span the entire spectrum: peace, crisis and war. However, until now the answers from politicians regarding how such a cooperation […]

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Nato Opposition: Who and Why? (in Swedish)

January 27, 2016

After Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and increased aggression near Sweden the question of Swedish membership in NATO has been brought to the fore. In many ways the debate is unique: during the Cold War Swedish membership was a non-issue and even after the fall of the Berlin wall opposition to NATO membership continued to have […]

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A More Determined U.S.? (in Swedish)

January 14, 2016

In Washington, D.C. there is an ongoing debate about what the United States’ role in the world is and what it should be. Raised voices argue that we now live in an exceptional time that will affect history for many years. Since President Obama is not likely to make any significant foreign policy changes before his term […]

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TTIP: A Geopolitical Device in a Multipolar World Order (in Swedish)

November 20, 2015

The negotiations surrounding the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) began in 2013. It is well-known that TTIP has large potential to contribute to economic growth and jobs on both sides of the Atlantic. However, a potential agreement would affect geopolitics just as much as trade. In a time when Europe and the U.S. are […]

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China’s New Bank for Development (in Swedish)

October 12, 2015

The past summer saw the launch of a new Chinese financial institution for development called the “Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank” (AIIB). Sweden was one of the countries that chose to participate from the start – a hardly uncontroversial decision in and of itself. On the surface, the purpose of the AIIB is to increase infrastructural investments in Asia. However, Beijing […]

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Feminist Foreign Policy (in Swedish)

September 15, 2015

In fall 2014 Sweden’s newly appointed foreign minister notified Parliament that the government proposed to implement a “feminist foreign policy”. However, it was unclear for a long time what the policy consisted of. This new policy was also criticized strongly by conservative politicians, often leading to dismissal.  After a year of the current ruling government, […]

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