GEOPOLITICAL ASPECTS OF SMALL STATE SECURITY. Alyson JK Bailes, University of Iceland NBSS Security Workshop, Stavanger, 24 May 2012. SOME HEALTH WARNINGS. Still a novice in the established field of small state studies Not guaranteed to be orthodox
Alyson JK Bailes, University of Iceland
NBSS Security Workshop,
Stavanger, 24 May 2012
Less influence, more reliant on rules of the game
- becoming a target as result of strategic location, natural resources, just plain ‘empire-building’…..
- NB also use as forward base/proxy by one power against another (Cuba, Taiwan)
- can be internally divided, to point of armed violence by or against government (blurred line between civil disorder and ‘real’ conflict);
In either case, highly exposed to, but maybe also more in need of, intervention – state, UN, other…
(At extreme, can fall into ‘benign occupation’ + post-conflict tutelage: E Timor, Kosovo)
Not necessarily proportionately worse/weaker because of size, but -
i) For a long-established or ‘natural’ state entity, strategic challenges and options center on ‘neighbours good or bad’, plus availability of protectors….
(emerging from an empire of some kind and/or state breakup):
COSTS inc.‘invisible’ ones – loss of freedom/ ’innocence’, agenda importing/mimicking, poss. conflict with values + identity-building
BUT they have own costs (process, intrusion…)