Past events at the Institute of International Affairs (IIA) of University of Iceland – Summer 2014

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Small States Summer School, 23 June-5 July 2014

The Centre for Small State Studies, which is run under the auspices of the IIA, held an intensive two week summer course sponsored by an Erasmus grant, focusing on small states and the European integration process. This was the twelfth year in a row that the CSSS was holding a summer school of this kind. The course brought together some of the best scientists in the field of small states studies who have a combined knowledge in various disciplines such as political science, economics, history, public policy and sociology. In the summer of 2014 the focus was on small states, integration and globalization.The Small States Summer School 2014 was held from Monday, June 23rd until Saturday, July 5th, concluding with an exam.

International students from seventeen partner universities take part in the summer school. Each partner university nominates one or two students to participate in the program. Travel and accommodations are paid for by the program for these students.

Partner institutions are: Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK, Lund University in Sweden, University College of Södertörn in Sweden, University of Malta, Vilnius University in Lithuania, University of Copenhagen in Denmark, University College Cork in Ireland, Limerick University in Ireland, University of Ljubljana in Slovenia, Leiden University in the Netherlands, University of Economics in Bratislava, Tallinn University of Technology in Estonia, University of St. Andrews in Scotland, University of Luxembourg, University of Aberdeen, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Poland, Gediz University of Turkey.

The objective of the programme was to focus on the differing approaches of small states to integration and globalization. During the two weeks students looked at the possible influence of small states in the international community, how small states can cope with the challenges of globalization whether they are categorized as positive or negative effects, and look at different case studies to detect patterns and realize what theories are at play.