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Iceland and Brexit

There is a considerable interests in Norway about the position of the Icelandic government on Brexit. A paper on Iceland and Brexit: Island and Brexit: ‘Icexit’ fra söknaden om eu-medlemskap?

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Why is the Icelandic conservative party against membership of the EU?

There is still an ongoing debate in Iceland on whether or not the country should join the European Union. In a new book chapter I make an attempt to examine why the Icelandic centre right party, the largest and most … Continue reading

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Icexit from the EU membership application?

Our paper on Iceland’s approach to Brexit it out. The last Icelandic government and the current sitting government in the country have somewhat had a different take on Brexit than their counterparts in the other EFTA states and in the EU … Continue reading

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Iceland’s relations with its regional powers: Russia, the USA and the EU.

A paper of mine and Pétur Gunnarsson, who is a former student of mine, has just been published online Iceland’s alignment with the EU-US sanctions on Russia: autonomy versus dependence.  It is published in the journal Global Affairs. A printed version will … Continue reading

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What is a small state? Why does it matter?

I made an attemp to ‘Define the Small State’ in the Annual Lecture of the Centre of Small States at the Queen Mary University of London. It was also my third Leverhulme lecture at the University.  Caroline Morris, the founder of … Continue reading

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The Small-State Survival Guide

Sverrir Steinsson and I have just published a short article The Small-State Survival Guide to Foreign Policy Success in The National Interest, Foreign Policy Experts Roundtable. It is based on our new study ‘Small State Foreign Policy‘ which appears in the Oxford Research … Continue reading

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Sovereignity and small states

I am honoured to be part of the editorial team and write a chapter on small states and sovereignty in a book about Iceland’s sovereignty in 99 years. The book is published to credit the work of David Þór Björvinsson, … Continue reading

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Our Centre for Small State Studies awarded a Jean Monnet Networks grant

The Centre for Small State Studies at the University of Iceland was recently awarded a grant from the European Union’s Jean Monnet Activities programme, Jean Monnet Networks. The total amount of the grant is 300.000 euros. Jean Monnet Networks are … Continue reading

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What should Iceland do in order to deal with the new security environment?

A Small State Seeking Shelter – Iceland’s Search for Shelter. Iceland’s foreign policy is examined in this Policy Brief published by the Small States and the New Security Environment (SSANSE) Research Project. I come up with several suggestions concerning Iceland’s foreign … Continue reading

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The annual Summer School on Small States in Europe

The annual Summer School on Small States in Europe is up and running at the University of Iceland at present. It was a pleasure to discuss how small states cope with the current political challenges in Europe with our 26 … Continue reading

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