Since the end of the Cold War, and particularly in the post-9/11 international environment, neutrality has been conceptualised as a problematic subject. With the end of bipolarity, neutrality as a foreign and security policy lost much of its justification, and in the ongoing 'War on Terror', no state, according to the Bush Administration, can be neutral. However, much of this debate has gone unnoticed in IR literature. This book, newly available in paperback, examines the conceptualisation of neutrality from the Peloponnesian War to the present day, uncovering how neutrality has been a neglected and misunderstood subject in IR theory and politics. By rethinking neutrality through constructivism, this book argues that neutrality is intrinsically linked to identity. Using Sweden as a case study, it links identity, sovereignty, internationalism and solidarity to the debates about Swedish neutrality today and how neutrality has been central to Swedish identity and its world-view.
The articles deal with the frameworks and causes for religious intolerance and discrimination in selected European countries. The methods of anti-cult groups and their supporters in governments and the mainline churches are described on the basis of specific case studies. Furthermore, the essays reflect about the threats for freedom of religion, which can arise on the one hand out of these anti-sect movements but on the other hand also out of the re-establishment of the religious in the post-secular era.