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Helsinki Syndrome, Definition:
- Psychology: Colloquial misnomer for Stockholm Syndrome
International Relations (practice): Unfavourable domestic political culture stemming from an ultra-realist and circumspect reading of one’s foreign policy latitude in relation to a major power in the proximity of one’s territory. Tacit but deeply ingrained policy of acquiescence that can cut through multiple sectors of society and cultural life to the extent that the weaker state starts to feel a habitual sympathy towards the dominating state, even actively defending its ‘legitimate security interests’. Similarly to the case between the captive and the captor in the widely-described phenomena of ‘Stockholm syndrome’.
International Relations (theory): Repeated parachronistic error in use of historical example to make a point about the present – usually to support claims about ‘iron laws’ of great power politics, the transhistorical logic of international anarchy or the superiority of ‘Realist’ approaches to IR.