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A small state in world politics: Iceland’s search for shelter

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dc.contributor Háskóli Íslands
dc.contributor University of Iceland
dc.contributor.author Thorhallsson, Baldur
dc.date.accessioned 2018-08-14T15:48:32Z
dc.date.available 2018-08-14T15:48:32Z
dc.date.issued 2018-05-30
dc.identifier.issn 1670-6803
dc.identifier.issn 1670-679X (eISSN)
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11815/779
dc.description.abstract The aim of this paper is to determine Iceland’s foreign policy options in relation to shelter theory. Iceland has been seeking political and economic shelter ever since the United States deserted it in 2006, by closing its military base, and in 2008, by refusing to provide it with assistance following its economic collapse. Iceland has made several new security and defence arrangements with its neighbouring states, applied for membership of the European Union and was the first European country to make a free-trade agreement with China. Moreover, the president of Iceland pressed for closer political and economic ties with Russia. Prominent Icelandic politicians frequently claim that Brexit will create a number of opportunities for Iceland and lead to closer cooperation with Britain. However, Iceland has not yet secured shelter of an extent comparable to what it had enjoyed from the United States. In this paper, we will answer questions such as: What does shelter theory tell us about Iceland’s overseas relations with the US, NATO, the EU, Britain, Russia, China, and the Nordic states? Will Iceland receive more reliable shelter provided by multilateral organizations than by a single shelter provider?
dc.description.sponsorship This paper is published with the support of the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union. It is part of the Jean Monnet Networks project “Navigating the Storm: The Challenges of Small States in Europe”.
dc.format.extent 61-82
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Stofnun stjórnsýslufræða og stjórnmála við Háskóla Íslands
dc.relation.ispartofseries Stjórnmál og stjórnsýsla;14(1)
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject Foreign policy
dc.subject Small states
dc.subject Shelter theory
dc.subject Iceland
dc.subject Utanríkisstefna
dc.subject Smáríki
dc.subject Utanríkismál
dc.title A small state in world politics: Iceland’s search for shelter
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dcterms.license This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License
dc.description.version Peer Reviewed
dc.identifier.journal Icelandic Review of Politics & Administration
dc.identifier.journal Stjórnmál og stjórnsýsla
dc.identifier.doi 10.13177/irpa.a.2018.14.1.3
dc.contributor.department Stjórnmálafræðideild (HÍ)
dc.contributor.department Faculty of Political Science (UI)
dc.contributor.school Félagsvísindasvið (HÍ)
dc.contributor.school School of Social Sciences (UI)

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