ACONA Conference Reykjavík 2022

Gather with international nuclear arms control experts and practitioners to address the present and emerging challenges in nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation on May 14 in Reykjavík

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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.


Integration of Refugees: Opportunities for Improvement

In the spring of 2016, the Institute of International Affairs and the University of Iceland were commissioned to work on a comprehensive analysis of the quality of integration of refugees and immigrants into Icelandic society by the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Welfare. This is an abstract …

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Lilliputian Encounters with Gulliver: Sino-Icelandic Relations from 1995 to 2021

Report by Baldur Thorhallsson, Professor of Political Science, and Snæfríður Grímsdóttir, Adjunct in Chinese Studies, on Sino-Icelandic Relations from 1995-2021

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The Grand Strategies of Small States

Anders Wivel - University of Copenhagen

Project: NAS

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Iceland and the European Union: Arctic Security and Great Power Interest

Report on Iceland, the EU, and Arctic seucurity, conducted by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, written by Pia Hansson and Guðbjörg Ríkey Th. Hauksdóttir.

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Module 5: Small State Foreign Policy - Taking Leadership in International Diplomacy

This module offers a comprehensive introduction to small state leadership in international diplomacy. The module will introduce students to the literatures on foreign policy analysis and small state foreign policy and build on these general insights when zooming in on small state leadership in foreign policy and diplomacy

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Module 4: Small State Leadership in Gender Policy

This module provides students with an understanding of how small states perform and profile themselves on normative leadership in gender equality. Students are presented with research from and on various small states, who have found a niche in international relations where they can excel and lead by example.

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Module 3: Small States Leadership in Foreign and Security Policy

The main aim of this module is to give a concentrated overview of the small states’ foreign and security policy characteristics while revealing the importance of the leadership component in it.

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