Angus Robertson, Scottish National Party (SNP) Member of Parliament
The Geopolitics of an Independent Scotland
Angus Robertson will discuss the role that an independent Scotland would seek to play in the region by detailing its foreign and defence policy. Focusing on the challenges and opportunities facing Scotland and its neighbours in the region, Robertson will also update people on the referendum more generally and the events leading up to the historic Edinburgh Agreement and what it commits both sides to.
Colin Fleming, Fellow at the University of Edinburgh
Scottish Defence Policy: Adapting a Nordic Model in An Independent Scotland?
An independent Scotland will arrive as a Northern European small state and thus have a position in terms of security and defence policy which is very different from the United Kingdom. The talk seeks to establish a baseline for the condition for small state security policy in Northern Europe and draws on the Nordic countries experience in establishing modern armed forces on a small state budget. The presentation is based on a paper written by Colin Fleming and Mikkel Vedby Rasmussen.
For the panel discussion, following the two presentations, the speakers will be joined by Stefán Pálsson, historian, Katla Kjartansdóttir, MSc in Nationalism Studies, and Þórður Snær Júlíusson, editor of Kjarninn. They are all graduates from Scotland.