The Road to Democracy

Open seminar with Svetlana Tikhanovskaya Friday 2 July at 15.00 - 16.00 in Veröld - House of Vigdís. The event will take place in English and is open to all.

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About Us

The role of the Institute of International Affairs (IIA) is to provide education, promote research, and carry out service projects in the field of international relations.


Research Centres

The Centre for Small State Studes, the Centre for Arctic Studies and Höfði Reykjavík Peace Centre are all run under the auspices of the Institute of International Affairs at the University of Iceland.


Höfði Reykjavík Peace Centre

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Centre for Small State Studies

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Centre for Arctic Studies

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The IIA aspires to serve both academic and professional needs and stimulate a general discussion on subjects relating to international affairs. To this end, the Institute plans and carries out a variety of different projects, conducts research on various subjects and hosts conferences, seminars, and lectures concerning international affairs. It offers various services to both the private and public sector.


Public management and policy-making in small states

Külli Sarapuu and Tiina Randma-Liiv - Tallinn University of Technology, Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance

Project: NAS

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Geopolitics and Neglected Arctic Spaces: Three Northern Perspectives on Balancing External Interests

Finding a Niche for Iceland in the Post-Cold War Era

Margrét Cela and Pia Hansson

While the Arctic has been characterized more by cooperation than competition, recent events indicate that the tides may be turning. As attention turns north and the Arctic reenters the strategic calculations of great powers, spaces …

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Module 1: Introduction to Leadership in Small States

This module is an introduction to the course Leadership in Small States. It aims to give a brief introduction to both small state studies and leadership studies, while also offering an insight into how these two academic standpoints interact

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Governance of Small States

The course is designed to introduce postgraduate students to the realm of small state governance.

Project: TCDA

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A Theory of Shelter: Iceland's American Period (1941-2006)

Baldur Thorhallsson, Sverrir Steinsson and Thorsteinn Kristinsson - University of Iceland

Project: NAS

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Reykjavík Peace Days: Peace, Displacement and Climate Change

Will climate change lead to more violence and conflict? What can we do to battle climate change and prevent conflict? Are we doing enough?

Importance of Nordic Research Cooperation

Nordic research cooperation is more important than ever in a rapidly changing world. This article by the directors of the Nordic Institutes of International Affairs offers concrete proposals for developing cooperation.

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Factoring Size into the Equation: Media studies, politics, and small states

Jón Gunnar Ólafsson, Goldsmiths - University of London, UK

Nordic Journal of Media Studies

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