Sweden after the Cold War: the implications for security policy changes for U.S. regional strategies
Skinner, Jon A.
Tritten, James John
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In support of US regional strategy requirements this thesis focuses on Sweden. The change in Sweden's neutrality policy, coupled with an increased defence budget, are the two most apparent developments. Less visible are changes in Swedish defence doctrine, missions and capability. This thesis will attempt to predict the degree and character of Sweden's move toward integration into broader security arrangements and identify the relevant implications. Further, this thesis contends that the two developments of that are shaping Swedish security policy in new directions are the end of the Cold War and Sweden's integration into the European Community (EC). In the short term, this implies for Sweden a security policy more closely paralleled with US objectives. In the long term what has been largely a bilateral Swedish-US strategic relationship will be engulfed in larger US-European questions. Within an integrated Europe, Sweden will be in a grouping of European states the most favorable to US policy.
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