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Håkan Edström

Lieutenant Colonel

Associate Professor, Senior Lecturer

Political Science, War Studies

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Department of Political Science and Law

Political Science Division

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About Håkan

Engelsk beskrivning
Håkan Edström is associate professor and senior lecturer in Political Science, senior lecturer in War Studies, and active duty lieutenant colonel in the Swedish Army.

He received his PhD in Political Science from Umeå University in September 2003. In the thesis, he analysed the role of military strategy in the political guidance of the Armed Forces in Finland, Norway and Sweden respectively. During his PhD-studies, he taught strategy at the Swedish Defence University (SEDU).

After his dissertation, Edström served as staff officer, division for strategic analysis, at the Armed Forces Headquarters until July 2007. He then deployed to Norway, serving as teacher in strategy at the Norwegian Defence University until June 2011. Before returning to SEDU in January 2012, he conducted research on international peace support operations at Folke Bernadotte Academy during the second half of 2011.

At SEDU, Edström’s teaching in War Studies has primarily been on military strategy and defence planning and, in Political Science, on international relations and the security politics of the Nordic countries. Edström has supervised PhD-students to successful defence of their PhD-thesis at the University of Belgrade (Political Science), Maastricht University (Governance) and Lund University (Political Science). He is currently supervising PhD-students in War Science at SEDU and in Sociology at Lund University.

Edström’s research has focused on military strategy as well as the security politics of Sweden and the other Nordic countries. During 2022–2025, he will be finalizing four research projects:
- Military strategy of the new European allies (with Jacob Westberg).
- Strategy among nations (with Jacob Westberg)
- NATO´s New Northeastern Flank (with Dennis Gyllensporre & Jacob Westberg)
- Military diplomacy (with Dennis Gyllensporre).

His recently published monographs (all pubished within the timeframes stipulatd by the Hugo Raab prize) include the trilogy:
• Military Strategy of Great Powers: Managing Power Asymmetries and Structural Changes in the 21st Century. Abingdon: Routledge – Co-authored with Jacob Westberg. (ISBN 978-0-367-74319-2. Published 21 September 2021. Copyright year 2022).
• Military Strategy of Middle Powers: Competing for Security, Influence and Status in the 21st Century. Abingdon: Routledge – Co-authored with Jacob Westberg.
(ISBN 978-0-367-50087-0. Published 16 October 2020. Copyright year 2020).
• Military Strategy of Small States: Responding to External Shocks in the 21st century. Abingdon: Routledge – Co-authored with Dennis Gyllensporre & Jacob Westberg. (ISBN 978-0-367-52959-8. Published 28 April 2020. Copyright year 2019).
Håkan Edström Håkan Edström is associate professor and senior lecturer in Political Science, senior lecturer in War Studies, and active duty lieutenant colonel in the Swedish Army.

He received his PhD in Political Science from Umeå University in September 2003. In the thesis, he analysed the role of military strategy in the political guidance of the Armed Forces in Finland, Norway and Sweden respectively. During his PhD-studies, he taught strategy at the Swedish Defence University (SEDU).

After his dissertation, Edström served as staff officer, division for strategic analysis, at the Armed Forces Headquarters until July 2007. He then deployed to Norway, serving as teacher in strategy at the Norwegian Defence University until June 2011. Before returning to SEDU in January 2012, he conducted research on international peace support operations at Folke Bernadotte Academy during the second half of 2011.

At SEDU, Edström’s teaching in War Studies has primarily been on military strategy and defence planning and, in Political Science, on international relations and the security politics of the Nordic countries. Edström has supervised PhD-students to successful defence of their PhD-thesis at the University of Belgrade (Political Science), Maastricht University (Governance) and Lund University (Political Science). He is currently supervising PhD-students in War Science at SEDU and in Sociology at Lund University.

Edström’s research has focused on military strategy as well as the security politics of Sweden and the other Nordic countries. During 2022–2025, he will be finalizing four research projects:
- Military Strategy of the New European Allies (monograph and articles with Jacob Westberg).
- Strategy Among Nations (monograph and articles with Jacob Westberg)
- NATO´s New Northeastern Flank (monograph and articles with Dennis Gyllensporre and Jacob Westberg)
- Military Diplomacy (articles with Dennis Gyllensporre).

His recently published monographs include the trilogy (all titles published within the timeframes stipulated by the Hugo Raab Award, i.e. three years):
• Military Strategy of Great Powers: Managing Power Asymmetries and Structural Changes in the 21st Century. Abingdon: Routledge – Co-authored with Jacob Westberg. (ISBN 978-0-367-74319-2. Published 21 September 2021. Copyright year 2022).
• Military Strategy of Middle Powers: Competing for Security, Influence and Status in the 21st Century. Abingdon: Routledge – Co-authored with Jacob Westberg. (ISBN 978-0-367-50087-0. Published 16 October 2020. Copyright year 2020).
• Military Strategy of Small States: Responding to External Shocks in the 21st century. Abingdon: Routledge – Co-authored with Dennis Gyllensporre & Jacob Westberg. (ISBN 978-0-367-52959-8. Published 28 April 2020. Copyright year 2019).
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