08
May 2024
Past Event
How Civil Defense Boosts Deterrence: A View from Sweden

Event will also air live on this page.

Inquiries: mdewitt@hudson.org

How Civil Defense Boosts Deterrence: A View from Sweden

Past Event
Hudson Institute
May 08, 2024
How Civil Defense Boosts Deterrence: A View from Sweden Carl-Oskar Bohlin
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Swedish soldiers on a CB90 fast assault craft in the Stockholm Archipelago on September 13, 2023. (Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP via Getty Images)
08
May 2024
Past Event

Event will also air live on this page.

Inquiries: mdewitt@hudson.org

Speakers:
Carl-Oskar Bohlin
Carl-Oskar Bohlin

Minister for Civil Defense, Swedish Ministry of Defense

Peter Rough Hudson Institute
Peter Rough

Senior Fellow and Director, Center on Europe and Eurasia

Moderator:
Daniel Kochis
Daniel Kochis

Senior Fellow, Center on Europe and Eurasia

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Sweden’s total defense concept includes a civil defense component that “encompasses the whole of society and comprises the collective resilience in the event of war or danger of war.” Civil defense consists of three pillars: defending the population, safeguarding important societal functions, and contributing to the armed forces’ ability to respond to an attack. Russia’s hybrid attacks against the West and indiscriminate targeting of civilians in Ukraine have underscored the importance of a robust civil defense.

How can Stockholm’s new North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies learn from Sweden’s civil defense experience to harden the vulnerable elements of Western societies? How does Sweden employ a whole-of-society approach to strengthen its total defense? What has Sweden learned from the war in Ukraine, and how can this enhance its civil defense capabilities? What is the Swedish view of the geopolitical situation in Europe and beyond?

Join Hudson for a discussion with Swedish Minister for Civil Defense Carl-Oskar Bohlin on the Swedish approach to civil defense.

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