The Social Construction of Swedish Neutrality by Christine Agius

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Since the end of the Cold War, and particularly in the post-9/11 international environment, neutrality has been conceptualized as a problematic subject. With the end of bipolarity, neutrality as a foreign and security policy lost much of its justification, and in the ongoing "War on Terror", no state, according to the Bush Administration, can be neutral. However, much of this debate has gone unnoticed in IR literature. This book, newly available in paperback, examines the conceptualization of neutrality from the Peloponnesian War to the present day, uncovering how neutrality has been a neglected and misunderstood subject in IR theory and politics. By rethinking neutrality through constructivism, this book argues that neutrality is intrinsically linked to identity. Using Sweden as a case study, it links identity, sovereignty, internationalism, and solidarity to the debates about Swedish neutrality today and how neutrality has been central to Swedish identity and its world-view.

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Mark Allen Smith, who lives in New York City, has worked for many years in both movies and television as a screenwriter, investigative news producer, and documentary filmmaker. This is his first novel.
Published June 15, 2012 by Manchester University Press. 264 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy.

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