• Russia’s military a willing tool of Putin’s foreign policy
    The Russian military is today loyal to the political leadership. But it can quickly become an independent player in Russian foreign policy. This is the conclusion of an FOI report that provides an overview of scientific literature on the military’s role in Russia’s foreign policy.
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  • FOI condemns Russian sanctions against one of FOI’s researchers
    FOI has received information that one of our colleagues has been sanctioned by Russia, along with seven other EU citizens.
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  • A peace project that can be a Swedish challenge
    EU aims to have a more active role in world politics. The European Peace Facility (EPF) will make it easier to provide support to the armed forces of the partner countries. But the EPF may run counter to the Swedish view of arms exports and force a Swedish “constructive abstention” within EU cooperation.
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  • Russia’s Baltic Fleet has one foot on land
    The changed security policy situation in the Baltic Sea has led the Russian Baltic Fleet to strengthen its forces in Kaliningrad. This is shown in a report from FOI.
    “During the last five years, the Baltic Fleet’s modernisation has primarily focused on its land-based capabilities. It is remarkable that the task of defending Kaliningrad is so great,” says Jonas Kjellén, a researcher at FOI and author of the report, The Russian Baltic Fleet .

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  • Defence efforts in Northern Europe should focus on the near term
    Russia’s means of power are limited compared to those of a united Western alliance, but the country could still pose a serious threat on NATO’s eastern flank. At the same time, Western defence efforts are likely to be constrained in the coming years. Improvements in the defence of Northern Europe should therefore focus on the near term, while still keeping an eye on the future. Relatively limited and inexpensive measures could make a considerable difference, according to researchers from FOI.
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  • The USA’s position as the sole superpower is threatened – “We are moving towards a multipolar world order”
    The global balance of power is at a critical juncture. The enormous defence investments of China and Russia, are threatening the USA’s hitherto unique position of power. This is the assessment of FOI’s report, Defence Economic Outlook 2020 .
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  • FOI – A strong actor in successful EU consortia
    Of eight applications that FOI submitted to EU in August 2020 within the framework of the H2020 Secure Societies programme, a total of four project proposals were accepted in January.
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  • Searching for synergies in conflict-torn Mali
    Several international military missions are currently in Mali, seeking to improve the country’s severely deteriorating security situation. These multinational missions have different mandates, resources, and cultures. FOI has studied the prospects for creating synergies between the various engagements.
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  • Research breakthrough solves 50-year-old nervous system mystery – novel medical countermeasures on the horizon
    Researchers from the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI) and Umeå University wanted to advance medical countermeasures for nerve agent poisoning. In the process they ended up solving a 50-year-old mystery that also has potential implications for the treatment of neurological conditions and blood pressure disorders.
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  • FOI surveys toxic gases
    Inhalation of irritant gases such as ammonia or chlorine is acutely toxic. FOI is conducting a risk survey on behalf of a number of Swedish authorities and ministries. This also includes looking at innovative ways of caring for persons who have been afflicted.
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