Small States Summer School 2019

Leadership in Small States: An Introduction

The 2019 Small State Summer School is organized as part of the Erasmus+ strategic partnership project “Leadership in Small States”. The project will organize five leadership schools for the duration of the project, each focusing on a different theme related the leadership of small states.

Clever leadership can transform a state’s smallness into an asset when promoting national and international interests at home and abroad. Good leadership skills are required to be able to practice the correct prioritization and tactical bargaining in international surroundings. Small states need to defend their interest in their key sectors and within these sectors they need to be able to show leadership initiative, offer clever solutions to problems while also wielding positive influence outwards. This can be achieved through consensus-forming, policy innovation and figure-heading external initiatives. It is thus vital for a small state to develop administrative competence in areas of key interest and provide leaders with the knowledge that will help them in taking the initiative when needed and drive forward coalitions in issues that the small state wants to move forward. Leadership skills are imperative to make this happen and secure successful diplomacy for a small state.

The course brings together some of the leading scholars in the field of small state studies and leadership studies. Each leadership school will last for six days with five days of intensive programmes.

Dates from Monday 10 – Saturday 15 June

Students from the following universities: University of Copenhagen, Tallinn University of Technology, Vilnius University, Lund University, University of Ljubljana, apply at their home university (see contact in ad below).

Other students apply directly to the Centre for Small State Studies by sending a statement of purpose, a CV and a recent transcript to

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the course, students enrolled should be able to:

  • Understand and explain the concept of small state leadership.
  • Apply critical insight into how small states can utilize their specific characteristics to take on a leadership role in international affairs.
  • Analyze through case studies the position of small states in the international community.
  • Evaluate where opportunities lie for small states in taking on leadership roles.