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Totalitarianism has been met with a renewed interest in recent years. The debate, inspired by current events such as the 9/11 attacks, has focused on whether the concept of totalitarianism is a fruitful analytical approach to understanding political extremism, or if it is rather to be understood as merely a political insult, and an inaccurate one at that.

The network assembles scholars with an interest in how the concept of human rights has operated in the Nordic countries and their foreign policies since the international human rights system emerged in the 1940s.