This article deals with the early reactions of Swedish decision-makers and diplomats on the idea and preparations for the convocation of the Conference on Security and Cooperation inEurope (CSCE), mainly during the years 1969–1971. On the basis of recently declassifieddiplomatic sources from the archive of the Swedish Foreign Ministry, the study outlines therole of Swedish diplomacy in the preparatory phase of the security conference as part of thewider context of European Neutrality during détente. It is the very first contribution to the historiography of the Helsinki process based on Swedish archival material, and suggeststhat the picture of Sweden’s widely mentioned active foreign policy at that time should befurther scrutinized. It also sheds new light on the paradox between Swedish involvement inEuropean and global politics.
HUMANITIES -- History and Archaeology -- History (hsv//eng)
HUMANIORA -- Historia och arkeologi -- Historia (hsv//swe)
SOCIAL SCIENCES -- Political Science -- Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies) (hsv//eng)
SAMHÄLLSVETENSKAP -- Statsvetenskap -- Statsvetenskap (exklusive studier av offentlig förvaltning och globaliseringsstudier) (hsv//swe)