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Sweden’s Defence-Policy Malaise and Why it Matters to Britain

The current round of reforms has prompted concerns that Sweden’s defence is in meltdown. This has implications for Britain’s future strategic posture as well as Europe’s retention of a credible defence capability.

When it comes to the viability of a country’s defence policy, there is nothing unusual about disagreement between the analytical community and the government. Seldom, however, are the sides in as thorough disagreement as they are in Sweden, where a change in strategic outlook, an extensive reform programme, a shrinking defence budget and a high operational tempo have all converged. While Defence Minister Karin Enström maintains that Swedish defence is under control, others –

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