Lecture Series Spring 2009

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Thursday January 29th the Institute of International Affairs´ Spring Programme started with the opening of a lecture series called “The Future of Iceland in the Community of Nations“. There were ten seminars on the subject over four months, approximately every two weeks. The series were a part of a collaborative project between the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and every university in Iceland, and its goal was to strengthen the discussion on international affairs in Iceland. The program consisted of the IIA´s lecture series and individual events, in all universities in the country, and concluded with an international conference in Reykjavík on the 14th of May.  
SEMINAR 1: THE STATUS OF SMALL STATESThe first lecture of the Institute of International Affairs´ lecture series was called „The Status of Small States in Europe“ with lecturers Dr. Baldur Thorhallsson, Professor of Political Science at the University of Iceland, and Dr. Clive Archer, Professor of Political Science at Manchester Metropolitan University in England. Professor Thorhallsson discussed the power potential of small states within the European Union, and Professor Archer elaborated on small states in crisis, with a special emphasis on Iceland.Clive Archer – Slides
SEMINAR 2: NORDIC COOPERATION IN THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITYThe second seminar in the IIA´s Spring Lecture Series was on Nordic cooperation in the international community. Lecturers were Alyson Bailes, Guest Professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of Iceland, Gunnhildur Lilý Magnúsdóttir, lecturer and PHD student at the Department of Political Science at the University of Iceland, and Elisabeth Johansson-Nogués, a researcher at the Institut Universitari d´Estudis Europeus in Spain and the Utrikespolitiska Institute in Stockholm. Alyson Bailes discussed Nordic cooperation and the cooperation with Europe, Gunnhildur Lilý discusssed the impact of the Nordic countries within the European Union, and Elisabeth Johansson-Nogués discussed the Northern Dimension Policy, a cooperation between the EU, Iceland, Norway and Russia on the issues of the High North.A recording of the seminar
Alyson Bailes – Slides
Elisabeth Johansson-Nogués – Slides
Gunnhildur Lily Magnúsdóttir – Slides
SEMINAR 3: THE ECONOMIC SECURITY OF SMALL STATESThe third seminar took place on Thursday February 26th and was on the economic security of small states. Lecturers were Rainer Kattel, Professor of Political Science at Tallinn University of Technology, Jónas H. Haralz, economist and former bank director, and Gylfi Zoёga, Professor of Economics at the University of Iceland. Professor Kattel elaborated on the financial fragility of small states, Professor Zoёga discussed the economic collapse of a country, and Jónas H. Haralz gave a talk on Iceland´s participation in international finance and trade institutions, such as the IMF, OECD, WTO, and relations with the EU.A recording of the seminar
Gylfi Zoёga – Slides
Rainer Kattel – Slides
SEMINAR 4: LOCAL AUTHORITIES AND THE EU: WHAT OPPORTUNITIES COULD MEMBERSHIP BRING?The fourth seminar was on local Authorities and the EU. Lecturers were Anna Guðrún Björnsdóttir, Head of Division Development & International Relations at The Association of Local Authorities in Iceland, and Anna Karlsdóttir, Associate Professor of Human Geography and Tourism Studies at the University of Iceland. Anna Guðrún discussed the effects EU membership could have on local authorities in Iceland. Anna Karlsdóttir discussed the impact local authorities can have on job development in the EU, in particular the experience of local authorities in Denmark.A recording of the seminar
Anna Guðrún Björnsdóttir – Slides
SEMINAR 5: NEGOTIATIONS IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONSThe fifth seminar was on negotiations in international relations. Lecturers were Pavel Telicka who was the Czech Republic´s Chief Negotiatior for the countrie´s EU accession and now a consultant in Brussel, and Silja Bára Ómarsdóttir, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Iceland. Silja Bára Ómarsdóttir first discussed how to set an agenda for sucessful negotiations followed by Pavel Telicka then gave a talk on accession negotiations, providing the angle of an acceding country and a view from inside the EU.A recording of the seminar
Silja Bára Ómarsdóttir – Slides
SEMINAR 6: THE IMPACT OF EU MEMBERSHIP ON AGRICULTURAL AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENTThe sixth seminar The Impact of EU Membership on Agricultural and Regional Development. Lecturers were John Bensted-Smith, Director of Agricultural Affairs at the European Commission, and Yves Madre, Counsellor for European Agricultural Affairs at France´s Permanent Representation in Brussels. John Bensted-Smith discussed the EU´s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), and elements of the agricultural acquis for prospective EU members. Yves Madre will discussed the challenges on member states with the CAP.A recording of the seminar
John Bensted-Smith – Slides
Yves Madre – Slides
SEMINAR 7: IS IT NECESSARY FOR ICELAND TO APPLY FOR EU MEMBERSHIP AS SOON AS POSSIBLE?The seventh seminar was on whether is was necessary for Iceland to apply for EU membership as soon as possible. Representative from each political party represented at Alþingi debated the topic, followed by a talk from the Federation of Icelandic Fishing Vessel Owners (LIU) and the Federation of Industries in Iceland (SI).The seminar was held in Icelandic.
SEMINAR 8: SECURITY AND DEFENCE: WHAT LIES AHEAD?The eighth seminar centered on security and defense. Lecturers were Anders Wivel, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen, and Silja Bára Ómarsdóttir, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Iceland. Silja Bára discussed theoretical ideas on the Nordic Security Community and ask whether such a community does in fact exist. She furthermore discussed ideas on increased Nordic cooperation in the area of security and defense and how this might affect Iceland. Anders Wivel discussed the security challenges and opportunities of small EU member states, with a special focus on which strategies may be used most effectively by small states to influence the security policy of the European Union.
FINAL SEMINAR: THE STATUS OF SMALL STATES IN THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITYThe ninth and final seminar of the Institute of International Affairs and Centre for Small State Studies Spring Lecture Series “The Future of Iceland in the Community of Nations”, took place on Thursday May 14th. The final seminar´s lecturers were Herman Schwartz, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Virginia, Graham Avery, Senior Member of St. Antony’s College, Oxford University & Honorary Director General of the European Commission, Brussels, Alyson JK Bailes, Visiting Professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of Iceland, Peadar Kirby, Professor of International Politics and Public Policy at the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Limerick, Ireland, and Katrín Ólafsdóttir, Assistant Professor at the School of Business at Reykjavik University, Iceland.The official program:

The Status of Small States in the International Community

13:00 Opening remarks
13:05 American Power, Housing Finance, and the Small States
Herman Schwartz, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Politics, University of Virginia, USA
13:25 Membership of the European Union: What to expect from Brussels
Graham Avery, Senior Member of St. Antony’s College, Oxford University & Honorary Director General of the European Commission, Brussels
13:45 The EU as a Strategic Shelter for Small States?
Alyson JK Bailes, Visiting Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Iceland
14:05 Coffee break
14:25 The Collapse of the Celtic Tiger: Probing the Weaknesses of Ireland’s Development Model
Peadar Kirby, Professor of International Politics and Public Policy, Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
14:45 Economic policy in Iceland: Where do we go from here?
Katrín Ólafsdóttir, Assistant Professor, School of Business, Reykjavik University, Iceland
15:05 Panel Discussion 
All the speakers and Baldur Þórhallsson, Chair, Institute of International Affairs and Centre for Small State Studies, University of Iceland
15:50 Closing remarks
Pia Hansson, Director of the Institute of International Affairs and Centre for Small State Studies, University of Iceland
16:00 Reception