Styrkjum skólakerfið

,,vill að skólaárið verði lengt hér á landi og verði svipað langt og skólaár Norðurlandanna. Með því verði skólakerfið styrkt. Alþjóðlegar kannanir sýni að skólakerfið hérlendis sé ekki nægilega öflugt og geti orðið öflugra en það er."

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Þegar hagsmunagæsla snýst upp í andhverfu sína

,,hluti atvinnurekenda í miðborginni í raun berjast gegn miðborginni og sínum eigin hagsmunum."

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Stjórn um stöðuleika eða óbreytt ástand

,,Þessir þrír gömlu valdaflokkar, sérstaklega Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn og Framsóknarflokkurinn, mynda stjórn til þess að verja það kerfi til dæmis eins og fiskveiðistjórnunarkerfið, landbúnaðarkerfið, núverandi stjórnarskrá, að halda óbreyttu heilbrigðiskerfi, óbreyttu menntakerfi. Þetta er svona um stöðugleika eða að minnsta kosti óbreytt ástand.“

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Crisis management - Iceland's engagement in the European project

An article of mine has just been published titled Iceland and European integration in Oxford Research Encyclopaedia of Politics (Oxford University Press). I argue in the paper that the Icelandic political elite has always hesitated to take any moves toward closer engagement with Europe unless such a move is seen as necessary to deal with a crisis situation. Decisions to engage with the European project have not been made based on outright economic and political preferences. They have primarily been based on economic or political necessity at times when the country has faced a deep economic downturn or its close neighboring states have decided to take part in European integration. The country has essentially been forced to take part in the project in order to prevent crises from emerging or to cope with a current crisis situation.

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Boris and Brexit

Radio interview on Boris Johnson and Brexit, Reykjavík Síðdegis, Bylgjan, 24 July 2019.

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Merkel, Pence and the Prime Ministers of the Nordic states in Iceland

Radio interview on visits of world leaders to Iceland and the country's increased strategic importance, Reykjavík Síðdegis, Bylgjan, 19 August 2019.

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SSANSE Project: Symposium on Russia and China's Political Interference Activities in NATO Small States

SSANSE symposium on Russia and China's Political Interference Activities in NATO Small States on 8 April. The speakers included Neringa Bladaitė (University of Vilnius) Anne-Marie Brady (Wilson Center/University of Canterbury), Donald J. Jensen (Center for European Policy Analysis), Ryan Knight (Georgetown University), Martin Hála (Charles University), Margarita Šešelgytė (University of Vilnius) Khamza Sharifzoda (Georgetown University), Mark Stokes (2049 Project), Alan Tidwell (Georgetown University), Abe Denmark (Wilson Center) and myself. The presentations were recorded on audio and can be listened to here.

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The Future of Icelandic Foreign Policy

The Institute of International Affairs at the University of Iceland hosted an event about the future of Iceland's foreign policy in the Nordic House in Reykjavík on 24 April. The event featured a number of esteemed presenters and discussants from politics, academia and non-government organizations. Iceland's Foreign Minister Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson, the Icelandic Minister of Education, Science and Culture Lilja Alfreðsdóttir, and Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir were among the participants.

All the presentations and discussions were recorded on video and can be seen here (in three parts).

 

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Coverage of new research on Nordic states

Morgunblaðið recently covered new research by Nordic scholars (including Douglas Brommesson, Nina Græger, Anders Wivel, Tapio Raunio and Hanna Ojanen) on the foreign policies of Nordic states, with a particular focus on recently published research on Iceland.

 

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Seminars on Nordic states' foreign policies

What are the options of the Nordic states in current geopolitical changes in their neighborhood? - An exciting week behind us - with an explicit focus on the Nordic states' foreign policies - at NUPI in Oslo, Hanaholmen - kulturcentrum för Sverige och Finland in Helsinki and the Lithuanian Military Academy (Generolo Jono Žemaičio Lietuvos karo akademija). Thank for your hospitality and great discussions on Nordicness and the concept of shelter.

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