OPEN SEMINAR AT THE NORDIC HOUSE FRIDAY AUGUST 29 FROM 12:00 TO 13:00
SCOTLAND: A New Independent State in Northern Europe?
On 18 September, residents in Scotland will be asked to vote on the question “Should Scotland be an independent country?”. If they say yes, it will mean the creation of a new small state (5 million people) in Northern Europe. What part would an independent Scotland play on the international scene? The governing Scottish National Party have said they would work closely with Nordic states, stay in the European Union and in NATO, and be active in international development aid and peacekeeping. But there are lively debates both inside Scotland and elsewhere about whether these plans are realistic – and what they would mean for the remaining parts of the United Kingdom.
Dr. John MacDonald, an Associate Lecturer at the University of Glasgow, will explain and discuss Scotland’s plans for independence in the area of foreign affairs and defence. John studied European Politics at the University of Dundee, where he gained his doctorate. He has lectured widely in Scotland, the United States and Switzerland on issues of transatlantic security, the politics of war and military intervention, and American politics. John is also Director of the Scottish Global Forum (www.scottishglobalforum.int ), an online centre for research and debate on the external-policy aspects of Scotland’s future.
Moderator: Alyson Bailes, Adjunct Lecturer at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Iceland