By Clive Archer,Alyson J.K. Bailes,Anders Wivel

This ebook explains what ‘small’ states are and explores their present safeguard demanding situations, usually phrases and during particular examples. It displays the shift from conventional safety definitions emphasizing defence and armaments, to new defense issues corresponding to monetary, societal and environmental protection the place institutional cooperation looms better. those complicated concerns, associated with conventional strength kinfolk and new kinds of actors, must be tackled with due regard to democracy and strong governance. Key coverage demanding situations for small states are tested and utilized within the nearby case studies.

The ebook offers ordinarily with the present event and up to date earlier of such states but additionally deals insights for his or her destiny regulations. even if a number of the states coated are ecu, the examine additionally contains African, Caribbean and Asian small states. Their specific curiosity and relevance is printed, as is the relationship among their defense demanding situations and their smallness. coverage classes for different states are then sought.

The ebook is the 1st in-depth, multi-continent examine of defense as a facet of small country governance this day. it truly is novel in putting the protection dilemmas of small states within the context of wider rules on foreign and institutional swap, and in facing non-European states and regions.

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