Small States and Grand Strategy

Foreign Policy Lab Lecture Series 2023 with Anders Wivel, University of Copenhagen

November 27, 2023


HS 3, University of Innsbruck, SoWi building, ground floor, Universitätsstraße 15, 6020 Innsbruck (A)


Monday, November 27th, 2023

6:30-8:00 pm CET

What are the opportunities and limitations of small state grand strategy? This lecture identifies the characteristics of small state grand strategy and discusses the similarities and differences between the grand strategies of small states and great powers. The lecture unpacks the nature of traditional defensive small state grand strategies hiding and shelter-seeking as well as more recent offensive, influence-seeking small state grand strategies under the heading of smart state strategy and discusses the conditions for small state success and influence in international relations.

Anders Wivel, PhD, is Professor of International Relations in the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen. He has published widely on foreign policy, small states in international relations, and power politics. His most recent book is Polarity in International Relations: Past, Present, Future (Palgrave, 2022, co-edited with Nina Græger, Bertel Heurlin and Ole Wæver).