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30 years in the service of peace

Propaganda, manipulation and other psychological tools are invaluable in both war and foreign policy strategies.

(THIS ARTICLE IS ONLY MACHINE TRANSLATED by Google from Norwegian)

 

Before the summer, a seminar was held at the Peace Research Institute PRIO in connection with Ola Tunander retiring after 30 years of work at the institute. Tunander delivered in 1989's doctoral dissertation on the US maritime strategy and geopolitics in Northern Europe, and as a researcher has been known as an outspoken critic of Norway's participation in US military interventions.

A key theme of the seminar was psychological warfare, and many of the speakers provided interesting information about how the United States, in particular, actively and deliberately uses manipulation and propaganda to achieve foreign policy goals. Sverre Jervell talked about how the United States used military forces in the High North in its "fraud strategy," which aimed to give the Soviet Union the impression that they were under threat of attack, and then to trick them into arming more than necessary. Jervell believes that US military policy in the High North was not intended to deter the Soviet Union from attacking the west, but to intimidate them to uproot so much that it undermined the Soviet economy. It is obvious to draw parallels to today's situation with an increasingly aggressive armament against Russia.

Submarine threat again. Mathias Mossberg led the Swedish Submarine study in 2001, in which Tunander participated as a civilian expert. The investigation was to find out about the submarines that violated Swedish territorial waters in the 80s, and which almost created war hysteria in Sweden,. . .

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