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The Diplomacies of Small States

Between Vulnerability and Resilience

  • Andrew F. Cooper
  • Timothy M. Shaw

Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. The Diplomacies of Small States at the Start of the Twenty-first Century: How Vulnerable? How Resilient?

  3. Challenges/Realities of Practising Small State Diplomacy

  4. Case Studies: Small States’ Diplomacy vis-à-vis Regional Organisation

  5. Case Studies: Small States’ Diplomacy vis-à-vis International Organisations

  6. Afterword: Vulnerability as a Condition, Resilience as a Strategy

About this book


This is an in-depth analysis of the various methods used by small states to overcome their vulnerabilities in the international arena. With its balanced approach and variety of contributions, this book is of interest to researchers and academics who focus on the developing world or multilateral diplomacy.


community competition cultural policy Diplomacy globalization Governance international organizations Internet methods Nation organization Policy

Editors and affiliations

  • Andrew F. Cooper
    • 1
  • Timothy M. Shaw
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for International Governance InnovationCanada
  2. 2.Institute of International RelationsThe University of the West IndiesSt AugustineTrinidad and Tobago

About the editors

GODFREY BALDACCHINO Professor and Canada Research Chair in Island Studies at the University of Prince Edward Island, Canada; Visiting Professor of Sociology at the University of Malta, Malta; and Executive Editor of Island Studies Journal JACQUELINE ANNE BRAVEBOY-WAGNER Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the City University of New York, USA ANTHONY T. BRYAN Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C, USA. and Professor Emeritus of the University of Miami, USA ALAN CHONG Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science of the National University of Singapore ANDREW F. COOPER Associate Director and Distinguished Fellow at The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo, Canada CARLYLE G. CORBIN is an international advisor on democratic governance, and an advisor to the Fifth Constitutional Convention of the U.S. Virgin Islands DANIEL P. ERIKSON Senior Associate for U.S. policy and Director of Caribbean programs at the Inter-American Dialogue, the Washington-based policy forum on Western Hemisphere affairs DONNA LEE Deputy Head of Social Sciences and Senior Lecturer in International Organisations and Diplomacy at the University of Birmingham, UK DON D. MARSHALL Senior Research Fellow at the University of the West Indies, Barbados DEBBIE A. MOHAMMED Lecturer in International Trade and Development at the Institute of International Relations, University of the West Indies, Trinidad KEITH NURSE Director of the Shridath Ramphal Centre for International Trade Law, Policy and Services, The University of the West Indies, Barbados ANTHONY PAYNE Professor of Politics at the University of Sheffield, UK NAREN PRASAD Research Co-ordinator at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development TIMOTHY M. SHAW Professor and Director at the Institute of International Relations at the University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago BALDUR THORHALLSSON Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Institute of International Affairs and the Centre for Small State Studies, University of Iceland WILLIAM VLCEK Lecturer in International Politics with the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London, UK

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'There's now a substantial, and ever-growing, literature on small states, and yet most of this takes the form of academic articles and commentaries rather than dedicated stand-alone volumes that interrogate the key issues and themes pertinent to small states. This volume does an absolutely outstanding job in identifying, and exploring, this diversity of issues and themes in an accessible and engaging manner. It sets out brilliantly the core debates surrounding the status of small states in the international political economy - including, crucially, as actors in rather than passive objects of international relations - and, as such, offers a good way in to debates about development more broadly. It's a fabulous book that, crucially, speaks both to academic scholars and students alike.' - Nicola Smith, Senior Lecturer in Political Science, University of Birmingham, UK