The Swedish Presence in Afghanistan: Security and Defence Transformation, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Swedish Presence in Afghanistan

Security and Defence Transformation, 1st Edition

Edited by Arita Holmberg, Jan Hallenberg


202 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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This book delivers on two analytical levels. First, it is a broad study of Sweden as an international actor, an actor that at least for a brief period tried to play a different international role than that to which it was accustomed. Second, the book problematizes the role of international military missions as drivers for change in the security and defence field. Several perspectives and levels of analysis are covered, from the macro level of strategic discourse to the micro level of the experiences of individual commanders. The book focuses upon Sweden and its participation in the international military mission in Afghanistan during 2002-2012 and also contributes to the growing literature evaluating the mission in Afghanistan, the security practice which has dominated the security and defence discourse of Western Europe for the last decade.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

Arita Holmberg and Jan Hallenberg

2. Conceptual Framework

Arita Holmberg and Jan Hallenberg

3. Swedish Strategy and the Afghan Experience: From Neutrality to Ambiguity

Jan Angstrom and Erik Noreen

4. Swedish Use of Force and the International Legal Framework: The Legacy of Afghanistan

Inger Osterdahl

5. MOTs, Juliette and Omelettes: Temporary, Tactical Adaptations as the Postmodern, Interoperable Force Awaits the Anticipated Operation?

Magnus Johnsson

6. Military Technological Aspects of the Swedish Mission to Afghanistan

Ake Sivertun

7. Leadership Lessons: New Challenges for Smaller Nations in Multinational, Highly Stressful Missions

Gerry Larsson, Aida Alvinius, Maria Fors Brandebo, Peder Hyllengren, Sofia Nilsson and Alicia Ohlsson

8. Introducing Gender Perspectives in Operations: Afghanistan as a Catalyst

Robert Egnell

9. A Veteran at Last: The Afghan Experience and Swedish Veterans Policy

Ralph Sundberg

10. Conclusions

Arita Holmberg and Jan Hallenberg

About the Editors

Arita Holmberg is Associate Professor in Political Science at the Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership at the Swedish Defence University, Sweden.

Jan Hallenberg is Professor in Political Science at the Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership at the Swedish Defence University, Sweden.

About the Series

Military Strategy and Operational Art

Military Strategy and Operational Art
The Ashgate Series on Military Strategy and Operational Art analyzes and assesses the synergistic interrelationship between joint and combined military operations, national military strategy, grand strategy, and national political objectives in peacetime, as well as during periods of armed conflict. In doing so, the series highlights how various patterns of civil-military relations, as well as styles of political and military leadership influence the outcome of armed conflicts. In addition, the series highlights both the advantages and challenges associated with the joint and combined use of military forces involved in humanitarian relief, nation building, and peacekeeping operations, as well as across the spectrum of conflict extending from limited conflicts fought for limited political objectives to total war fought for unlimited objectives. Finally, the series highlights the complexity and challenges associated with insurgency and counter-insurgency operations, as well as conventional operations and operations involving the possible use of weapons of mass destruction. Scholars and practitioners in the fields of politico-military history, international relations, and national security policy are invited to contribute to this new series as well as faculty at senior and intermediate level service schools involved in professional military education.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Military / General
HISTORY / Military / Afghan War (2001-)
HISTORY / Asia / Central Asia
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security