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Rosén Sundström, Zhukova and Elgström on Sweden’s Feminist Foreign Policy

Malena Rosén Sundström, Ekatherina Zhukova and Ole Elgström have co-authored the article “Spreading a norm-based policy? Sweden’s Feminist Foreign Policy in international media”. The article has been published in the journal Contemporary Politics. The article investigates how Sweden’s Feminist Foreign Policy (FFP) is reported in 17 regional powers, based on an analysis of two newspapers per country.

The study demonstrates the reporting about FFP is relatively limited, especially in non-Western countries. Western newspapers report more frequently about FFP, but focus is often on diplomatic conflicts and individual policy-makers, rather than the substance of FFP. 

The authors argue that there is a lack of engagement with what “feminism” stands for, mainly but not only in non-Western states. In many states there are also skepticism towards the term, which create challenges for promoting and clarifying what FFP is.

Learn more on

Malena Rosén Sundström’s personal page

Ekatherina Zhukova’s personal page

Ole Elgström’s personal page