What is Sweden’s role and strategy in NATO and the world? The question obliges, because the surrounding world and conditions changed fundamentally with the Ukraine war as the triggering factor. We don’t realize it yet, but Sweden is at the end of the line, as the opposite pole to the powers whose systemic threats now strike against our Western world order. Our positions, interests and values are incompatible. The statistics speak for themselves and we now need to do our homework on product, partners and competition. In short: We need to know where we stand and where we are going. Here, NATO is a good start. Life is about learning lessons: Business – value proposition against customer needs. Politics – position, interests and values. Speech and thinking instead of opinion. Analysis and measurability. Repetition and reconsideration to sharpen the offer – be the sharpest. Security policy rarely speaks numbers. So what do the statistics say – what is our lesson? Sweden’s figures are clear in position, interests and values. We are the extreme athletes of world politics – secular self-actualizers, according to the World Values Survey. Our role is to constantly push boundaries. In terms of values, we lead the ten like-minded states in northern Europe. Sweden is fourth in The Soft Power 30 and ninth in the Nation Brands Index. It obliges and challenges. If you take NATO 30, Sweden, Finland and Russia, the numbers clearly show where we stand and where we are going. Sweden tops the table with an average of 44 surveys on democracy and MR, development, equality and justice, economy, competitiveness and entrepreneurship, environment and sustainability, well-being and aid. The results summarize Sweden’s position, interests and values - our offer. In all branches, the tight cluster is the ten countries in the north: the Nordic countries, the Netherlands, Germany, Great Britain, Canada and Luxembourg. They are like-minded states and natural partners with good cooperation results. A northern bloc could become a third of NATO and a strong driving force for system development. At the bottom are Russia and Turkey, as the polar opposite of goals in being the best at being the worst. They don’t even rank as competitors. Their goal is system crash in order to be free to wreak havoc on their own terms. It’s called multipolarity. Our existence and what we stand for are threatened by these authoritarian kleptocracies marked by corruption and criminality. Their output is war and conflict – our peace and security. In the background, China bides its time. What we want, they don’t want. They want to liquidate. We want to develop. Here, our position is not the point, but to take the lead, advance and develop the system for our and others’ good. Sweden’s strategic role is system developer. Logical solutions, creativity and flexibility are our existence. Without the system, we do not exist. If it crashes, we are smoked. Restart missing. Strategically, the system supplier is the USA. Security policy – NATO. An attack on one is a systemic threat to all. Here NATO is not a choice but a necessity. Because in the system, Sweden is extremely successful but equally vulnerable. We live on being at the top, both because we want to and because we have to. With NATO, we go from consultant to employee. Our role is not to adapt, to avoid standing out, but to shoulder the responsibility as development manager from day one. We are responsible for reporting and repairing bugs to the system supplier USA. The non-aligned consulting role allowed us to do that. As developers, that’s our job. The system is our livelihood and our air, and the same applies to the partners whose values we share. We want to develop – not dismantle. Judging by the numbers, the US is unfortunately a lazy supplier, competing with size in position and money, firmly anchored in the middle of the tables. Monopolists don’t like competition and laziness hurts the system. It is challenged internally, with demands to leave the market, and externally by competitor China and Russia and their multipolar system. Multipolarity is a rubbish system – a free ticket for greedy and lustful superpowers to throw the rules of politics and the market out of play at the expense of smaller countries. It is bad news for small, trade-dependent states whose prosperity is based on equal conditions for all and access to all the benefits of the system. What does this have to do with Sweden’s role and strategy in the NATO military alliance and globally? If we think that security today is only about bullets, gunpowder and cannons, we think wrong. Business has understood it. Environmental analysis, as by Control Risks, is broad with real and potential challenges, vulnerabilities and risks. Pandemics, wars and environmental threats affect us all with broken value chains in what the system needs to deliver. NATO with the United States is the military guarantor, but the protection system secures the Western order in general. Here we stand out because we have to stand out. Sweden’s position, interests and values in world politics condemn us to press on, because our greatest vulnerability is the system itself. That’s how it has been and that’s how it is now. We are the constant world improvers of crass self-interest, for politics and money, power and influence, like other like-minded states with similar schemes. The difference is that we had the freedom to independently develop our role and strategy. That we were alone in this role is a naive illusion. So also in NATO. When we go from competitors to partners, we can call the northern ten moral police, system developers, agenda setters or whatever we want, but we have power if we so wish. Sweden brings a holistic view and successful business model and can therefore choose an agenda – theirs, ours or a stronger common one. Statistics and reality speak for themselves. We are secular individualists with strong self-esteem and an inner moral compass in work, business or politics. We are the world’s extremists with strong competitiveness in everything from freedom and entrepreneurship to equality and the environment. It is therefore time to realize that our strategy stands and that our role is to sharpen the offer, albeit under the NATO brand. Non-alignment is dead. It has served us well. Long live the moral superpower!Vilhelm KonnanderSecurity Advisor
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