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The Swedish chairmanship: foresight and hindsight in Arctic activism
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1856-9097
2019 (English)In: Leadership for the North: the influence and impact of Arctic Council Chairs / [ed] Douglas C. Nord, Cham: Springer, 2019, 1, p. 71-88Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The Swedish Chairmanship of the Arctic Council 2011– 2013 still holds many of the keys in understanding Sweden's overall stance in Arctic affairs. When Sweden took the chair in early 2011, many Observers were skeptical of its likely impact on the region not only because the organization and its role in circumpolar economic and social development were contested at the time. There were also misgivings about Sweden's role as a "reluctant" Arctic nation. Sweden, nevertheless, contributed during its term as Chair of the Arctic Council to significant organizational revitalization and moving its Arctic agenda on soft security concerns forward. The chapter revisits the leadership goals, strategies, roles and achievements of the Swedish Chairmanship. These are then compared and contrasted with subsequent Swedish activity within the Council. The potential for a Swedish return to an active leadership role in the Arctic is then considered against the background of a changing international setting and increased policy relevance of the Arctic to Sweden.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cham: Springer, 2019, 1. p. 71-88
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Springer Polar Sciences, ISSN 2510-0475, E-ISSN 2510-0483
Keywords [en]
Swedish chairmanship, Strategy, Diplomacy, Honest broker, Administrative dualism, Globalization
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Political Science
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political science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-156818DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-03107-7_5ISBN: 978-3-030-03106-0 (print)ISBN: 978-3-030-03107-7 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-156818DiVA, id: diva2:1292394
Available from: 2019-02-28 Created: 2019-02-28 Last updated: 2019-04-04Bibliographically approved

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