En moralisk stormakt i post-neutral tappning: Svensk utrikespolitik 2011–2018

  • Björn Fägersten Utrikespolitiska institutet (UI)
  • Björn Jerdén Utrikespolitiska institutet (UI)

Abstract

This article analyzes Sweden’s foreign policy 2011–2018. The article is part of a special issue on how the Nordic countries have responded to recent geopolitical change. The international context in which Sweden finds itself has in a number of ways changed drastically during the time of analysis. The foundations of Sweden’s foreign policy, however, have seen less change. The Swedish policy adjustments we see are rather the effects of radical change taking place in the previous two decades:  the EU membership, the partnership with NATO, and the abandonment of the policy of neutrality. Sweden is thus learning how to adapt to this transformation of its international orientation during a turbulent time in global politics. The article includes an overview of Swedish foreign policy and the literature on the topic. We discuss the major actors, institutions, tools and frameworks in the foreign policy making process. A detailed analysis of the Foreign Minister’s Statement of Government Policy provides a temporal comparison over the last decade.

Author Biographies

Björn Fägersten, Utrikespolitiska institutet (UI)

Seniorforskare 

Björn Jerdén, Utrikespolitiska institutet (UI)

Seniorforskare

Published
2018-12-19
Section
Fokusartikkel - fagfellevurdert
Keywords
Swedish foreign policy, european affairs, foreign policy analysis, Sweden, Scandinavia, foreign policy, foreign policy change