Findings of the Bringéus Inquiry presented

At a press conference on 9 September, Ambassador Krister Bringéus presented the findings of the Inquiry on Sweden’s International Defence and Security Cooperation.

Some of the main points include:
– Sweden should take an active role in efforts to improve the efficiency of the UN’s peace support operations,

– EU cooperation will remain of limited importance for Sweden’s defence capabilities
– NATO membership is not likely to have a major impact on national defence expenditures
– The most tangible military consequence of Swedish NATO membership would be to dispel the current uncertainty regarding common action in the event of a Baltic Sea crisis, and that the West’s deterrence therefore most probably would increase
– Cooperation with Finland is Sweden’s closest bilateral defence and security relationship. The political objective is to deepen this on a wide front. Swedish membership in NATO in relation to Finland should be made from an overall regional perspective and not with respect to Finland alone
– A Swedish membership application would likely lead to a political crisis with Russia but that Russia, after initial opposition, would accept the fact of the matter and that the situation returns to status quo ante.
The full report is available here and a summary in English is available here.

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Jessica Nilsson Williams is the CEO & Founder of Mundus International. She has a long-standing interest in international affairs, having studied and worked in the field for more than 20 years. She began her career as the political advisor at the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm, and then worked in London and Singapore before returning to Stockholm. In 2011 she took up a senior role at the New Zealand Embassy before founding Mundus International in 2012. In addition to working for foreign missions, she has worked in sectors such as NGOs and non-profit organisations (e.g. the Clinton Foundation and the International Red Cross), and television.