Universität Innsbruck
June 9, 2022: Small European States and the New Security Environment: The Weakest Link?

June 9, 2022: Small European States and the New Security Environment: The Weakest Link?

Guest talk by Baldur Thorhallsson from our Aurora partner University of Iceland; 5:00 pm, only via livestream.

 


  Livestream: https://webconference.uibk.ac.at/b/tho-qti-8wb-zzl

  Thursday, June 9, 2022

  5:00 pm to approximately 6:30 pm

  This event is held in English

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This lecture will discuss how the Russian invasion of Ukraine has altered small European states‘ security and defence. It will make an attempt to answer questions like: how can small states compensate for their vulnerability? Do small state need to form alliances with larger powers in order to defence themselves from hostile external attaches and prosper economically? How can small state prevent that they become the Weakest Link in western defences? A recent small state theory, shelter theory, will be applied to a number of cases in order to shed a light on the importance of small states to have political (military and diplomatic), economic and societal shelter provided by larger states and multilateral organizations. A special attention will be paid to the cases of Iceland, Sweden and Finland.


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