Jean Monnet Networks: Navigating the Storm

Navigating the Storm: The Challenges of Small States in Europe (NAS) is an Erasmus+ co-funded Jean Monnet Network.

The central objectives of this project are:

  1. to examine the ‘coping strategies’ of small states in the current political turmoil, in terms of policy, resources and focus
  2. to consolidate and expand the current network of European HEI’s focusing on small state studies
  3. to produce advances in knowledge that will facilitate the development of teaching in small state studies in relation to EU studies
  4. to raise awareness and influence policy and practice on the challenges of small states in Europe.


The University of Iceland is the lead partner, with nine other universities participating in the project:

The University of Copenhagen, Vilnius University, Tallinn University of Technology, University of St. Andrews, the University of Malta, University of Ljubljana, Lund University, University of Zagreb, and the University of the Aegean in Rhodes.

Baldur Thorhallsson, Professor of Political Science at the University of Iceland leads the project on behalf of the University of Iceland in cooperation with Pia Hansson, Director of the Institute of International Affairs and Tómas Joensen, Project Manager at the Centre for Small State Studies. Over the course of the project the ten higher education institutions will develop close cooperation in the field of small state studies. The NAS network will host workshops, roundtables for young researchers, publish academic papers, policy recommendations, and at the end of the project an academic book.


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Participants in the project




      1. Vilnius University, 1 June 2018

        “Small States and the Changing Security Environment in Europe”


      2. University of Malta, 27 September 2018

        “Small States and the Political Upheavals Related to Immigration”


      3. Lund University, 6 December 2018

        “Small States and Open Borders”


      4. University of Ljubljana, 4 April 2019

        “Small States and Good Governance” 


Final Conference, 12-13 December 2019

Small States and the Migration Crisis