Associazione Arma Aeronautica Sezione Roma 2 Luigi Broglio

An Ambassador for Countering Hybrid Threats.

Credit: RUSI (Royal United Services Institute), by amb. Fredrik Löjdquist, Sept. 5th, 2019.

A Swedish ambassador assesses his challenges and responsibilities in fulfilling a trailblazing role for his country.

In September last year I was appointed the Swedish Foreign Ministry’s first ambassador and special envoy for countering hybrid threats. This is a natural development considering the worsening security policy situation in Europe and the widened scope of the antagonistic state threats that we are facing.

My mission is threefold: to coordinate the activities of the foreign ministry relating to hybrid aggression, and analyse the consequences of the hybrid threat environment for our foreign and security policy; to represent Sweden in the growing international cooperation and discussion on countering hybrid threats; and, lastly, to be part of the intragovernmental coordination effort to understand and counter hybrid threats. Much of this focuses on connecting international cooperation and discourse on countering hybrid threats with our national efforts, thus contributing to a common strategic culture, both nationally and internationally.

Keeping up with work in relevant EU institutions and councils, developing our partnership with NATO in this field as well and cooperating with the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats in Helsinki are important parts of my portfolio. The number of international and national conferences and seminars on hybrid threats is growing rapidly, ….

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