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date: 05 August 2020

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Research on Swedish foreign policy has primarily focused on four recurrent themes: Sweden’s policy of neutrality, its relations with Russia, Swedish internationalism, and its efforts to promote allegedly universal values. Each of the four themes is covered in this section. The authors reconstruct the predominant narratives of the roles that Sweden has played in international politics, but also challenge them: to what extent are they still valid? Is it possible to discern any specific Swedish traits in its foreign policy? It is argued that the combination of nonalignment with an active internationalist stance is one example of “Swedish exceptionalism.” However, increasing Europeanization and global trends have challenged this role combination, making Sweden more of an ordinary European small state.

Keywords: foreign policy, policy of neutrality, nonalignment, internationalism, roles, Swedish exceptionalism, small state

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