The Centre for Small State Studies (CSSS) at the University of Iceland has 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.
One of these short analytical papers, South Caucasus: Nagorno-Karabakh Between a Contested Territory and a Small State, by Urban Jaksa, discusses the small, unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. The territory is contested by Armenia and Azerbaijan and has existed as a de facto state for more than twenty years. During this time it has managed to navigate the precarious situation that might otherwise escalate into an open conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, drawing in their respective allies in the politically complex South Caucasus.
The Centre for Small State Studies at the University of Iceland 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.