The Centre for Small State Studies at the University of Iceland is hosting its annual Small States Summer School for the twelfth time from June 23 to July 5. Outstanding students from 17 partner universities across Europe participate in the school and international scholars teach various topics linked to small states. This year the school also hosts an open seminar focused on small states and governance where international and Icelandic scholars discuss small states in the EEA and the EU and special emphasis will be placed on Iceland’s situation following the financial crash. The seminar is hosted by the Centre for Small State Studies and the EU Info Centre, in cooperation with the Institute of Public Administration and Politics and the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Iceland and takes place Wednesday June 25 from 13 to 16:30 in Askja 132. Further information can be found on the Centre’s website: www.csss.hi.is
The Centre for Small State Studies recently launched a new publication series in which contemporary academic research concerning small states is introduced in a succinct and coherent manner. These short analytical papers are aimed at journalists, bureaucrats, embassy staff and all those interested in learning about new research in the field of small state studies. The Centre was awarded a Centre of Excellence grant from the European Union’s Lifelong Learning Programme in 2013. The Centre for Small State Studies has thus become a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence. With regard to the grant, the Centre aims at strengthening interdisciplinary research concerning small states and their role in international society.
Three short analytical papers are now available online at the Centre for Small State Studies website under publications. Baldur Þórhallsson, Professor of Political Science, is the author of the short paper Europe: Iceland Prefers Partial Engagement in European Integration and Alyson Bailes, Adjunct Professor of Political Science, is the author of two short papers: Nordic Cooperation in Civil Emergencies and Nordic and Arctic Affairs: Why is ‘West Nordic’ Cooperation in Fashion? More short analytical papers in the “Small State Briefs” series will be published in the coming weeks and months.