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Security First: The Swedish Interest in Confidence and Security Building Measures and Questions of Disarmament
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History.
2013 (English)In: Swedish Disarmament Policy during the Cold War / [ed] Jonter, Thomas & Emma Rosengren, Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 2013, 13-22 p.Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Sweden has a long-standing record of active involvement in international efforts towards disarmament. In 1932, the Nordic country participated in the World Disarmament Conference. During the Cold War, the Swedish government continued to be keen to contribute to related UN efforts. This article explores Sweden's interest in Confidence (and Security) Building Measures in the context of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) and its follow-up process between the late 1960s and the mid-1980s. It argues that Sweden prioritized disarmament, stability, and peace over human rights, change, and individual freedom despite the rise and dominance of a rhetoric of morality in Swedish politics in the 1970s. 

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Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 2013. 13-22 p.
Keyword [en]
Eastern bloc, Détente, Cold War, East-West-Conflict, Helsinki, Sweden, CBM, Disarmament
Keyword [sv]
Östblocket, Avspänningspolitik, Kalla kriget, Öst-Väst-konflikt, ESK, Helsingforsfördraget, Helsingforsprocessen, Svensk utrikespolitik, Förtroendeskapande åtgärder, Nedrustning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-86616OAI: diva2:587613
Conference on Swedish Disarmament Policy Stockholm University on 26 november 2012
Available from: 2013-01-14 Created: 2013-01-14 Last updated: 2013-10-15Bibliographically approved

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