Participants in the project

Dr Baldur Thorhallsson 

NATO Project Country Director
University of Iceland
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Baldur Thorhallsson has published extensively on small states, Iceland’s foreign policy, and European integration. In 2002 he established the Centre for Small State Studies and re-established the Icelandic Institute of International Affairs at the University of Iceland. He chaired both those institutions until 2011. He has run an annual Small States Summer School at the University of Iceland since 2003. Baldur has completed one monograph, two edited books, 24 journal articles, and 15 book chapters on small states. Several of these are widely taught in courses on small states.

Selected publications

1. Bailes, Alyson JK, Baldur Thorhallsson and Rachel Lorna Johnstone. 2013. “Scotland as an Independent Small State: Where would it seek shelter?” Icelandic Review of Politics & Administration 9(1): 1-20.
2. Bailes, Alyson JK and Baldur Thorhallsson. 2013. “Instrumentalizing the European Union in Small State Strategy.” Journal of European Integration 35(2): 99-115.
3. Thorhallsson, Baldur and Peadar Kirby. 2012. “Financial crisis in Iceland and Ireland: Does EU and Euro membership matter?” Journal of Common Market Studies 50(5): 801-808.

Dr Anne-Marie Brady

Partner Country Director
University of Canterbury
New Zealand
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Anne-Marie Brady is a specialist on Chinese foreign and domestic policy, Arctic and Antarctic politics, China-Oceania relations, and NZ foreign policy. Anne-Marie has published 9 books and more than 40 research papers. She is Professor in Political Science and International Relations at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, Executive Editor of The Polar Journal, and a Global Fellow at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C.

Selected publications

1. Anne-Marie Brady, China as a Polar Great Power, Washington, DC/New York: Wilson Center Press/Cambridge University Press, 2017.
2. Anne-Marie Brady, ed., Looking North, Looking South: China, Taiwan, and the South Pacific, Singapore: World Scientific Press, 2010.
3. Anne-Marie Brady, ed, The Emerging Politics of Antarctica, Abingdon, Routledge, 2013.

Dr Margarita Šešelgytė

Vilnius University
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Margarita Šešelgytė is Studies Director at the Institute of International relations and Political Science, Vilnius University. She teaches international politics and security studies, the common security and defence policy of the EU, European Eastern Partnership Policy, NATO readiness, and Baltic-Nordic cooperation.

Selected publications

1. Šešelgytė M., „NATO‘s Readiness in the Post-Crimea Environment: political and military challenges“, in Fassi E., Lucarelli S., Marrone A., eds. What NATO for What States? Warsaw and beyond, NATO HQ, 2015.
2. Šešelgytė, Margarita, Security in the Baltic Sea Region: ‘island of peace’ or a potential battle ground? in Spruds A., Bukovskis K. (eds.) Security of the Broader Baltic Sea Region: afterthoughts from the Riga seminar, Latvian Institute of International Affairs, 2014.
3. Šešelgytė, Margarita; Mälksoo, Maria, „Reinventing ‘new’ Europe: Baltic perspectives on transatlantic security configurations,“ Communist and Post-Communist Studies, ELSEVIER, Vol. 46, Issue 3, September 2013.

Dr Alan Tidwell

Georgetown University


Alan Tidwell is the Director of the Center for Australian New Zealand, and Pacific Studies, Georgetown University. He teaches on the foreign policy of small and medium states, and is currently researching how small and medium states lobby the US government.

Selected publications

1. Tidwell, Alan and Barry Zellen (eds), Land, Indigenous Peoples and Conflict, Routledge, 2015.
2. Pollmann, Mina and Alan Tidwell, “Australia’s submarine technology cooperation with Japan as burden-sharing with the USA in the Asia-Pacific,” Australian Journal of International Affairs, Volume 69, Issue 4, 2015.
3. Tidwell, Alan, Conflict Resolved? A Critical Assessment of Conflict Resolution, Continuum, 1998.


Other participants

The project will help strengthen connections between policymakers and academics in NATO and NATO partner small states, increasing awareness of the challenges and opportunities both sides face in the changing international order. This will be done by including partners from the policy-making sector (end-users).

Jonas Gahr Støre
Leader of the Norwegian Labour Party and Leader of the Labour Party Parliamentary Group

Heather A. Conley
Senior Vice President for Europe, Eurasia and the Arctic Director of the Europe Program CSIS

Anthony Smith
National Assessments Manager Department of PM and Cabinet NZ Government

Susan E. Harper
Director General and Senior Arctic Official, Canada

Robert Litwak
Vice President for Scholars and Academic Relations and Director, International Security Studies Wilson Center

Tommy Flakk
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Norway

Project management

The project will be housed within the Centre for Small State Studies (CSSS) at the University of Iceland. The Centre for Small State Studies aims to encourage research and education on the subject of small states. It has established itself as one of the leading research centres in the world focusing on this theme. The CSSS has received several grants from the European Union, the Nordic Council, and the Nordic-Baltic Council. It has also received support from both private and public enterprises in Iceland. In 2013 the CSSS was awarded a prestigious Centre of Excellence grant from the EU and thus became a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, the first of its kind in Iceland. Since 2003, the CSSS has run an annual summer school on Small States and European Integration. The course runs for two weeks and is open to both Icelandic and international students. The Summer School is a joint project of several universities in Europe and is sponsored by the EU’s Erasmus program. The Centre runs two reviewed publications series offering occasional papers as well as working papers, available in print and online. The Centre has also published books on various related topics. The Centre for Small State Studies is housed under the Institute of International Affairs as well as the Centre for Arctic Policy Studies and Höfði Reykjavík Peace Centre. Pia Hansson is the director of the Institute of International Affairs (IIA) and the centres that are housed within the IIA.

Margrét Cela

Project manager
Centre for Arctic Policy Studies
Centre for Small State Studies
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Margrét is a project manager at the Centre for Arctic Policy Studies, but occasionally manages projects under the other centres or the Institute of International Affairs. She has done research on small states and security and is currently also working on a PhD thesis on small states and security in the Arctic – with a special focus on Iceland.