The Centre for Small State Studies at the University of Iceland was recently awarded a grant from NATO (the North Atlantic Treaty Organization). The grant is for a three year project, led by the University of Iceland in cooperation with three other universities: The University of Canterbury in New Zealand, Georgetown University in the United States, and Vilnius University in Lithuania. The Centre for Small State Studies is run under the auspices of the Institute of International Affairs at the University of Iceland. Baldur Thorhallsson, Professor of Political Science at the University of Iceland and Research Director for the Centre, is academically responsible for the project on behalf of the University of Iceland but the Centre for Small State Studies will manage the project.
The project is titled “Small States and the New Security Environment (SSANSE)” and is a preparedness initiative examining the defence and foreign policy choices and challenges of small states in NATO and its partner small states in Eastern Europe, MENA, and Oceania in the new security environment. It will help enhance awareness of security developments through early warning, with a view to preventing crises in NATO, its partner states, and in their regions.
Further information about the project can be found on the website of the Institute of International Affairs: