• Military Balance Blog

    Aurora 2017: shedding light on Swedish defence thinking

    11 September 2017.  On 19 September 2017, Sweden will begin its largest military exercise for two decades, Aurora 2017.  Over its three-week course, 19,000 personnel drawn from all of Sweden’s armed services, including the Home Guard, will be involved. Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and the United States will also contribute around 1,000 troops between them. The exercise’s focus is the southeast of the country, and Gotland island, the closest Swedish...

  • Military Balance Blog

    Arms trade and democracy: Sweden’s new criteria for export controls

    18 July 2017.  A new draft bill in Sweden to introduce a ‘democracy criterion’ for granting arms-export licences would make the export of any materiel to the Gulf states more difficult and limit market access for Sweden’s defence industry.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Berlin looks to build Future Combat Aircraft System consortium

    19 June 2017.  Germany is looking at the potential of building a next-generation combat aircraft with at least France, Spain and Sweden as possible partners. There are indications that preliminary talks with these nations have already taken place. 

  • Military Balance Blog

    Sweden reintroduces conscription, in a changing European security environment

    21 March 2017.  Russian assertiveness has influenced Sweden's change of policy. But can conscription tackle the country's shortfall in personnel?

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 4: Europe

    14 February 2017.  Europe: Crises and instability: more of the same; Spending and personnel; New white paper defines Germany’s security and defence agenda; Germany steps up its cyber defence; NATO’s Warsaw Summit; EU defence debate at a turning point; Turkey – fallout from the coup attempt; Defence Economics; Macroeconomics; Defence spending and procurement; Defence industry and exports

    Nordic and Baltic Security: Institutional alignment; Finland and Sweden: future directions
    France: Operations; Major military reforms and programmes; Defence Economics; Major exports and industrial landscape
    United Kingdom: Operations and deployments; International activity; Implementation of SDSR 2015; Personnel; UK–EU defence relations after Brexit; Defence Economics; Macroeconomics; Defence spending and procurement; UK defence industry and exports

  • Events

    IISS Workshop - Benefits and Limitations of Arctic Development: Arctic Peoples’ and Industry Views

    18 March 2015. 

    IISS Workshop
    Arundel House, London
    18 March 2015

  • Politics and Strategy

    Christian Le Miere: The hunt for historical relevance in Sweden’s waters

    27 October 2014.  On 24 October, a week-long submarine hunt in Swedish waters ended, seemingly unsuccessfully. The operation was dubbed ‘The Hunt for Reds in October’ by international media. This light-hearted moniker may be inaccurate (are we even allowed to call Russians ‘Reds’ anymore?) and presumptuous (given that the national origin of the submarine is still unconfirmed), but is nonetheless useful as a signifier of earlier incidents in the Nordic countries. The most famous...

  • GSR

    Nordic Perspectives on European Security

    19 September 2014. 

    Global Strategic Review 2014 Keynote Discussion and Opening Remarks

  • GSR

    Opening Remarks: Dr John Chipman

    19 September 2014. 

    GSR 2014 Opening Remarks
    Dr John Chipman, Director-General and Chief Executive, IISS

  • GSR

    Nordic Perspectives on European Security: Carl Bildt and Bård Glad Pedersen

    19 September 2014. 

    GSR 2014 Keynote Discussion
    Carl Bildt, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sweden

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