The Nordic Baltic Small States: Perceptions on Economy, Security and Identity in an increasingly regionalized Europe (2011-2013)

Project leader

Pia Hansson (Director of the Institute of International Affairs and Center for Small States Studies, University of Iceland)

Project duration


Grant giver


Project description

Objectives to be achieved

The main objective of the project is to establish a strong research network for the Northwest and Baltic states. It will aim at building up an all-round academic expertise on the themes presented and create a multi-purpose network between the participants. Through the seminars and workshops the network will aim to produce a number of peerreviewed articles in relevant scientific journals like Cooperation and conflictScandinavian Political Studies, European Journal of International Relations, International Affairs, Review of International Political Economy, Security Studies and International Studies Quarterly, and an anthology to be published by an international publisher.

Moreover, the network offers a forum for the extension of small states research and study to the small autonomous entities of the West-Nordic region – Greenland and the Faroes – in particular. Furthermore the project aims at strengthening ties with the Baltic states.

Main project structure:  

  • Economic Workshop (small state challenges and opportunities, strategies for survival and profit, degrees of engagement in regional integration and globalization)
  • Security Workshop (traditional geo-strategic and military challenges, new dimensions of threat and 'softer' societal risks, forming national priorities/strategies and external policy choices)
  • Identity Workshop (definition and protection, internal homogeneity/heterogeneity, external choices: sovereignty first or protection/integration first?)
  • Wrap-up Summit meeting to draft new project proposal
    Distribution of final report with recommendations 
  • Presentation of new proposal
  • Publication of final monograph by December 2013.

IIRPS academic staff involved

Assoc. prof. Mindaugas Jurkynas, prof. Ramūnas Vilpišauskas, dr. Margarita Šešelgytė

Participant institution

IIRPS,  The universities of Copenhagen, Stavanger and Iceland, the Estonian International Centre for Defence Studies and the Latvian Institute of International Affairs; the universities of the Faroes and Greenland