NBSS – Reykjavik Programme

The Nordic & Baltic Small States:
Perceptions on Economy, Security and Identity in an Increasingly Regionalized Europe

ECONOMIC CHALLENGES: SMALLNESS, STRATEGY, SOLUTIONS?

The Nordic House in Reykjavik
Friday 18 November 2011

0900  Welcome and introduction by the workshop co-organizers: Institute
of International Affairs and Centre for the Study of Small States, University of Iceland (UI),
Reykjavik Latvian Institute of International Affairs, Riga. Followed by:

Scene-setting session
Chaired by Alyson JK Bailes, Visiting Professor at UI and Chair, IIA/CSSS

Keynote presentations:
i) Economic challenges of developed small states in a globalized economy
Professor Gylfi Zoëga, University of Iceland
ii) Regional integration as a resource or challenge: the Nordic/Baltic case
Jean Monnet Professor Baldur Thorhallsson, University of Iceland

Discussant: Dr Karlis Bukovskis, Latvian Institute of International Affairs
Opening debate, including comments on Nordic/Baltic diversity

1030-1100     Coffee

1100-1300 National Cases: The Nordic States:
Chaired by Alyson JK Bailes

Iceland:   Professor Gylfi Zoëga, University of Iceland
Norway:  Statement by HE Mr Dag Wernø Holter, Norwegian Ambassador to Iceland
Sweden:  Statement by HE Mr Anders Ljunggren, Swedish Ambassador to Iceland
Denmark: Statement by HE Mr Søren Haslund, Danish Ambassador to Iceland

Discussion of Nordic parallels and differences

1300-1330 Light lunch

1330-1500 National Cases: The Baltic states
Chaired by Jean Monnet Professor Baldur Thorhallsson

Estonia:   Eve Parts, Faculty of Economics, University of Tartu
Latvia:       Dr Karlis Bukovskis, Latvian Institute of International Affairs
Lithuania:
Dr Ramūnas  Vilpišauskas, Institute of International Relations
and Political Science, University of Vilnius

Discussion of parallel/contrasts, and Nordic/Baltic differences

1500-1530 Coffee and tea

1530-1630 The Faroes and Greenland
Chaired by Dr Karlis Bukovskis,

Faroes:       Dr Gestur Hovgaard, Associate Professor in Social Sciences, University of the Faroes
Greenland: Dr Maria Ackrén, University of Nuuk

General discussion

1630-1730 Final working session for project partners
Co-chaired by Alyson JK Bailes and Karlis Bukovskis

– Summing-up of workshop issues and findings
– Two ‘unsolved’ research questions (to go forward for follow-on project proposal)
– Preparation of workshop report (IIA/CSSS)
– Selection of papers to be developed for publication
– Possible contributions for final volume
– Any other project business

1730 Informal Reception (co-sponsored by the Embassies of Denmark and Norway at Reykjavik)
Including
dialogue with members of the students’ International Society at UI and
the ‘NEXUS’ organization for research into security and defence