Transformation of the Swedish Defence Policy: from Neutrality to Non-Participation

Jan Martin ROLENC

The article deals with the change in Swedish security policy since 1814, when Sweden first declared neutrality. It analyses the position of Sweden in European security relations in the 20th century, particularly during the WW1 and WW2 and during the cold war. It comments on the Swedish security-policy doctrines of 1956, 1992 and 2002. It describes the change in Swedish security policy in the beginning of the 1990, which led to the decision to enter the EU, and it seeks the reasons for this change. It deals with Swedish security priorities in the relations with the EU (enlargement, Nordic cooperation, greater openness and crisis management), UN, NATO and WEU. Finally, it also mentions some issues related to the reform of Swedish defence policy and to the modernisation of armed forces.

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