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  • Small States - States of Peace? A Case-Study of Iceland
  • Bakkalár
  • In recent years small states have been given special interest in the field of international relations, mainly regarding their tendency to be peaceful. The aim of this thesis is to
    examine, through theory and discussion, the peacefulness of small states. Peace itself
    will be discussed and what it means for a country to be peaceful, based on the basic
    idea of negative peace but also the more modern idea of positive peace. Those findings
    will then be applied to small states, and with a view to that the case of Iceland will be
    examined. The discussion will be firmly placed in the 21st century and therefore focused
    upon recent events.
    The final conclusion of the thesis is that small states might have structural
    advantages when it comes to achieving internal and external peace, but they are not
    naturally more peaceful than other states. This can be seen through the case of Iceland.
    Ultimately, conflict is not inevitable and by ministering to the self-reinforcing
    relationship of peace and prosperity, a peaceful state can be maintained. Small states do have characteristics that help them be peaceful, but like any other states they have to constantly work at staying peaceful.

  • 26.4.2010

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