Reports | Briefings

Politics and Law in the International Criminal Court (in Swedish)

September 9, 2013

On September 10th, the International Criminal Court (ICC) initiated a trial against Vice President of Kenya, William Samoei Ruto. Along with the journalist Joshua Arap Sang, Ruto is charged for crimes against humanity. Later this fall the court will also begin the trial against the current President of Kenya, Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, who has been […]


Balancing Act – Norwegian Security Policy, Strategy and Military Posture

July 25, 2013

Norway’s economy and welfare depend strongly on maritime activities. Its exclusive economic zones are seven times the size of the country’s land area. Norwegian control of these areas is based on international law, which in turn is a result of an increasingly institutionalized world order. Some Norwegian claims are controversial, even amongst Norway’s allies. Norwegian […]


Islam – A Barrier to Freedom in the Name of God? (in Swedish)

June 3, 2013

Political Islam has an especially strong foothold in poor and un-free countries. In public discussion on religion and democracy this often leads to the (mis)perception that Islam is itself a barrier to economic development and political freedom. In the report Islam – A barrier to freedom in the name of God?  Eli Göndör asks whether […]


The Drone War – Just Another War? (in Swedish)

April 17, 2013

Unmanned aerial vehicles, “drones”, provoke. The weapon marks a new type of warfare and evokes emotions in many. The public discussion about drones is full of emotive language such as “computer game war” and “extrajudicial executions”. What is it about drones that upset people? And how problematic is the kind of warfare that they have […]


Market-Driven Development in Africa (in Swedish)

March 11, 2013

Africa’s regional conflicts are decreasing in numbers. The continent’s political stability is increasing and more countries show signs of democratic development and impressive economic growth. The continent’s burgeoning middle class already amounts to about 300 million people. The development can, in selected areas, be described as a revolution. But the Swedish image of Africa is […]


Everyone Talks About NATO, Still Nothing Happens (in Swedish)

February 13, 2013

The defense and security policy debate in Finland is very similar to the one in Sweden. But one thing sets them apart: Finland has investigated the consequences of NATO membership. What can Sweden learn from this? In the report Everybody talks about NATO, still nothing happens Charly Salonius-Pasternak, security policy analyst at the Finnish Institute […]


NATO and Anti-Americanism (in Swedish)

January 31, 2013

In Sweden, NATO is described as a military alliance dominated by the United States. The debate on Swedish membership in NATO is therefore linked to attitudes toward the U.S. As the world’s only superpower, the U.S has become an easy target for criticism. Sometimes the criticism is justified, but there are also elements of anti-Americanism. […]


Mali in the Grip of Militant Islamists (in Swedish)

November 12, 2012

Mali was for a long time considered a leading African state. In 2011-2012 Reporters Without Borders ranked the country in the top tier of press freedom in Africa, outshone only by Namibia. In an otherwise troubled region, the country’s democratically elected government has successfully maintained stability within its borders. However, during the course of 2012 these […]


Right to a Future (in Swedish)

September 25, 2012

Since 2001, the situation for women in Afghanistan has dramatically improved. Following the toppling of the Taliban regime women have enjoyed both rights to basic healthcare and education. The emancipation from a deep seated sexist culture has been ameliorated each consecutive year. Sweden contributed to this process by virtue of its military presence and development aid. […]