FOI has unique and in depth knowledge within the area of Peace Support Operations. While originally conducting research primarily for the Swedish Armed Forces and the Ministry of Defence, FOI has both civilian and military clients today. Much of the research is conducted to strengthen and develop Swedish contributions to Peace Support Operations.
Peace Support Operations is one of the tasks assigned to the Swedish Armed Forces. The international environment poses specific demands on the military capabilities. The narrative of Peace Support Operations has widened since security was found to be linked to development. As a result civil-military coordination has become more important in Peace Support Operations. FOI has both military and civilian expertise which provides favourable research conditions.
FOI conducts research in many different areas and disciplines connected to Peace Support Operations. Areas of interest, among others, are:
The unit provides research as well as direct analytical support. The researchers and analysts also follow-up and evaluate Peace Support Operations with Swedish contributions, e.g. in Afghanistan, Somalia and the Balkans.
Our clients include the Government Offices of Sweden, the Swedish Armed Forces and the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency. FOI also cooperates with both national and international partners.