“A Force for Good”?

Lisbeth Aggestam and Adrian Hyde-Price

in The Oxford Handbook of Swedish Politics

Published in print December 2015 | ISBN: 9780199665679
Published online June 2016 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Politics & International Relations

“A Force for Good”?

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This chapter examines the politics of Swedish military activism and the paradoxes they involve. Since the end of the Cold War, Sweden has been involved a range of international military operations—from Bosnia and Congo to Afghanistan and Libya—that are very different from traditional peacekeeping. We argue that this military activism is driven both by the Swedish internationalist tradition of “doing good” in the world, but also for instrumental purposes. These include a desire for political influence in international institutions, an interest in collective milieu shaping, and a concern to improve the interoperability and effectiveness of the Swedish military.

Keywords: military policy; neutrality; nonalignment; role conception; EU; NATO; strategic culture; security; peacekeeping; territorial defence

Article.  7253 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Comparative Politics ; International Relations

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