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Sweden — NATO’s Neutral ‘Ally’? A Post-Revisionist Account

  • Mikael af Malmborg
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Abstract

Recent revelations of a strong undercurrent of functional co-operation between Sweden and members of NATO seem to indicate that Sweden was not neutral at all in the cold war. Since Swedish military authorities went quite some way — how far is a contested matter — in preparing for the reception of western military assistance Sweden should perhaps be seen as NATO’s seventeenth member rather than a neutral?

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