Till bröders hjälp / Friends in Need


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Friends in Need

Friends in Need is a translation of a Royal Swedish Academy of War Sciences study project report entitled Till bröders hjälp and released in May 2011. The project deals with a fundamental change in the Swedish security-political and strategic doctrine. In 2009 the Swedish Riksdag – Parliament – passed a Defence Bill stating that

“Sweden will not remain passive if a disaster or an attack afflicts another [EU] Member State or Nordic country.. We expect these countries to act in the same manner if Sweden is affected. Sweden should therefore be able both to give and to receive military assistance.”

This statement, the Declaration of Solidarity, marks a significant departure from previous Swedish policy. But if the doctrine is to be credible, suitable armed forces, preparations and public support are essential.

In the project these conditions were studied by analysing how future Swedish armed forces might be used to assist the Baltic States in three scenarios, a peacetime crisis, a military threat and outright aggression.

The conclusion is that the Swedish armed forces can play significant parts in NATO-led solidarity actions. But serious deficiencies need to be remedied. Above all, there is a need for much more practical preparation and information, if the Declaration of Solidarity is to contribute to peace and security in Sweden’s neighbourhood.


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[…] Friends in Need: Towards a Swedish Strategy of Solidarity with her Neighbours redagavo Bo Hugemark, išleido the Royal Swedish Academy of War Sciences, Stokholmas, 2012. Knygą galima įsigyti akademijos tinklalapyje. […]

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[…] Friends in Need: Towards a Swedish Strategy of Solidarity with her Neighbours redagavo Bo Hugemark, išleido the Royal Swedish Academy of War Sciences, Stokholmas, 2012. Knygą galima įsigyti akademijos tinklalapyje. […]

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[…] Det svenska stödet till de baltiska nationerna var omfattande efter deras frigörelse från Sovjetunionen 1991, men kom att minskas drastiskt efter att nationerna blev medlemmar i NATO 2004. På senare tid har diskussioner förts om att återta stödet och en beskrivning av de gemensamma operativa behoven finns i boken Friends in Need. […]

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