NBSS – Reykjavik Programme

The Nordic & Baltic Small States:
Perceptions on Economy, Security and Identity in an Increasingly Regionalized Europe


The Nordic House in Reykjavik
Friday 18 November 2011

0900  Welcome and introduction by the workshop co-organizers: Institute
of International Affairs and Centre for the Study of Small States, University of Iceland (UI),
Reykjavik Latvian Institute of International Affairs, Riga. Followed by:

Scene-setting session
Chaired by Alyson JK Bailes, Visiting Professor at UI and Chair, IIA/CSSS

Keynote presentations:
i) Economic challenges of developed small states in a globalized economy
Professor Gylfi Zoëga, University of Iceland
ii) Regional integration as a resource or challenge: the Nordic/Baltic case
Jean Monnet Professor Baldur Thorhallsson, University of Iceland

Discussant: Dr Karlis Bukovskis, Latvian Institute of International Affairs
Opening debate, including comments on Nordic/Baltic diversity

1030-1100     Coffee

1100-1300 National Cases: The Nordic States:
Chaired by Alyson JK Bailes

Iceland:   Professor Gylfi Zoëga, University of Iceland
Norway:  Statement by HE Mr Dag Wernø Holter, Norwegian Ambassador to Iceland
Sweden:  Statement by HE Mr Anders Ljunggren, Swedish Ambassador to Iceland
Denmark: Statement by HE Mr Søren Haslund, Danish Ambassador to Iceland

Discussion of Nordic parallels and differences

1300-1330 Light lunch

1330-1500 National Cases: The Baltic states
Chaired by Jean Monnet Professor Baldur Thorhallsson

Estonia:   Eve Parts, Faculty of Economics, University of Tartu
Latvia:       Dr Karlis Bukovskis, Latvian Institute of International Affairs
Dr Ramūnas  Vilpišauskas, Institute of International Relations
and Political Science, University of Vilnius

Discussion of parallel/contrasts, and Nordic/Baltic differences

1500-1530 Coffee and tea

1530-1630 The Faroes and Greenland
Chaired by Dr Karlis Bukovskis,

Faroes:       Dr Gestur Hovgaard, Associate Professor in Social Sciences, University of the Faroes
Greenland: Dr Maria Ackrén, University of Nuuk

General discussion

1630-1730 Final working session for project partners
Co-chaired by Alyson JK Bailes and Karlis Bukovskis

– Summing-up of workshop issues and findings
– Two ‘unsolved’ research questions (to go forward for follow-on project proposal)
– Preparation of workshop report (IIA/CSSS)
– Selection of papers to be developed for publication
– Possible contributions for final volume
– Any other project business

1730 Informal Reception (co-sponsored by the Embassies of Denmark and Norway at Reykjavik)
dialogue with members of the students’ International Society at UI and
the ‘NEXUS’ organization for research into security and defence