Past events at the Institute of International Affairs and the Centre for Small State Studies of University of Iceland – Spring 2016

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Open seminar on Small States in Tallinn, 15 april 2016
15 April 2016


An open seminar on “Small States: Advancing International Status through Smart Governance” took place in Tallinn on the 15th of April in the framework of the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership “Small States in Europe: Opportunities and Challenges,” led by the Centre for Small State Studies.

The seminar brought together outstanding academics on small states and top officials who face challenges related to small states in their everyday work. Baldur Thorhallsson, Professor in Political Science and Jean Monnet Chair in European Studies at the University of Iceland, was amongst the speakers and took part in the final discussion “How do little Frogs Fly?” where the focus was on small states in the international system. The objective of the seminar was to focus on the possibilities of small states to advance their international status through ‘smart governance’ – where governance is conceptualized in a way that allows paying attention to the strategies of small states in international decision-making as well as novel solutions introduced at home. Among other issues addressed at the seminar were the opportunities that new technologies and digitalization offer small states and how they can be utilized to address the challenges faced by their small administrations.

The seminar was organised by the Ragnar Nurkse School of Innovation and Governance, Tallinn University of Technology.

The programme of the seminar can be found here.