The Centre for Small State Studies, established in 2001, is run under the auspices of the Institute of International Affairs at the University of Iceland. The main goal of the Centre is to promote research and education on small states and to promote the progress of small state studies in Iceland and in international co-operation.

Small States Summer School 2024

The Centre for Small State Studies is hosting its small states summer school in Reykjavik, Iceland, from 12-17 August 2024. The school, Small States and the Current Security Challenges in the North Atlantic, is organised with support from the Nordplus Higher Education Programme.




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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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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Module 2: Leadership in Public Administration and Governance

This is the second module of the course “Leadership in Small States”. The module concentrates on leadership issues from the perspective of public administration and governance.

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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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