Baldur Thorhallson on "Small States and Shelter Theory: Iceland’s External Affairs"
Baldur Thorhallson, University of Iceland, will have a talk on "Small States and Shelter Theory: Iceland’s External Affairs".
Ever since the United States closed its military base in Iceland and refused to help Iceland out during the 2008 economic crisis, Iceland has been seeking shelter by other world actors. Iceland works closely with NATO and its neighbouring states on security and defence, puts greater emphasis on Nordic cooperation, was the first European country to make a free trade agreement with China and applied for membership of the European Union, yet later put its application on hold. Moreover, many policy-makers in Iceland regard Brexit as an opportunity and hope to establish closer ties with Britain after it leaves the EU.
The lecture will examine the importance for small states to seek political, economic and societal shelter provided by larger states and regional and international organisations. It will discuss a new small state theory – the shelter theory – on the behaviour of small states in the international system, recently published in the book titled Small States and Shelter Theory: Iceland’s External Affairs.