Societal Security and Small States

Alyson Bailes, Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Political Science, University of Iceland

Societal SecurityAmong the many alternative definitions of security now available, the five Nordic states have converged around one called „societal security“ for defining their official security policies. What is special about this concept and what makes it potentially useful for small states in general?

Reading material:

1) Bailes, A. (2009) What role for the private sector in ‘societal security’?

2) Bailes, A. (2014)) ‘Societal Security in Small States’, in Archer, Bailes and Wivel (eds), Small States and International Security: Europe and Beyond.