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Wilhelm Agrell

Wilhelm Agrell

Post retirement professor

Wilhelm Agrell

Sweden and the dilemmas of neutral intelligence liaison

Author

  • Wilhelm Agrell

Summary, in English

Throughout the Cold War Sweden pursued a declared policy of nonalignment. Sweden nevertheless established security links with a number of Western powers, first of all Britain and the US. The most extensive links were developed in two areas - military technology and intelligence. Intelligence liaison was of crucial importance for the security of non-aligned Sweden, but also significant for the major Western powers in filling gaps in intelligence collection. But intelligence liaison also served as an instrument in a closed policy arena where Sweden could receive or pay back favours, according to a pattern established already during World War II. However, intelligence liaison contained policy dilemmas, some of a more general nature, some specific for a country with an overt policy of non-alignment.

Department/s

  • Research Policy Institute (RPI)

Publishing year

2006

Language

English

Pages

633-651

Publication/Series

Journal of Strategic Studies

Volume

29

Issue

4

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Topic

  • Political Science

Keywords

  • intelligence
  • liaison
  • Cold War

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 0140-2390