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Roxanna Sjöstedt

Roxanna Sjöstedt

Docent

Roxanna Sjöstedt

When peace nations go to war: Examining the narrative transformation of Sweden and Norway in Afghanistan

Författare

  • Roxanna Sjöstedt
  • Erik Noreen

Summary, in English

What happens to dominant narratives and settled self-images of so-called peace nations when experiencing actual combat in out-of-area military missions? This question arises when studying the contemporary international engagement of small states that previously have mostly been engaged in peacekeeping with limited mandates and non-use of force restrictions. As today's international missions have altered radically, it is important to analyse narrative friction and transformation in small states with little prior experience of international war-fighting. This article addresses this lacuna by examining two small states and self-proclaimed peace nations – Sweden and Norway – in relation to their engagement in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), the NATO-led security mission to Afghanistan 2002–14. By examining the interplay and discursive struggle of two narratives — peace nation and military culture – this article finds that these narratives constantly constitute and reconstitute a small state's self-image and the boundaries for acceptable or even required behaviour. With altered principles regarding use of force there is an increased friction between the narratives. By addressing these frictions, the article contributes to the literature on small state international military engagement and develops and refines assumptions regarding the drivers and consequences of small state participation in out-of-area missions.

Avdelning/ar

  • Statsvetenskapliga institutionen

Publiceringsår

2021

Språk

Engelska

Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie

European Journal of International Security

Dokumenttyp

Artikel i tidskrift

Förlag

Cambridge University Press

Ämne

  • Political Science

Status

Epub

ISBN/ISSN/Övrigt

  • ISSN: 2057-5637