IV International Workshop on Geopolitics of Small States in the 21st Century

  • 29 October , 2021
The intended Workshop: "Fourth International Workshop on Geopolitics of Small States in the 21st Century" in Yerevan, Armenia represents the fourth international conference organized by IPSA’s Research Committee (RC 41) on Geopolitics following those convened in Moscow (2010), Jerusalem (2013), and Austin, Texas (2019).
The two-day workshop is designed to bring together up to thirty leading scholars on small states (in hybrid format) to discuss political, security, economic, geopolitical, and technological issues, which impact small states in terms of sustainable development and chances for international cooperation. This will allow to discuss the main challenges and threats to the global and regional security architecture, to explore possibilities for small states to transform these challenges and threats into opportunities for prosperity, peace, and cooperation.
Accordingly, the Yerevan Workshop will be conducted in an open discussion format, with scholarly presentations divided into 3-panel sessions, with 3-4 papers at each session, followed by additional discussion among the academic participants, representatives of the government/policy and private sector professional communities and the Russian-Armenian University student and faculty campus audience. Once the panelists have concluded their presentations, a designated discussant will then respond with a brief set of oral comments (10-15 minutes), after which each panel chair will open the floor to questions and comments (45-60 minutes) from the audience.
The 3 panel themes are devoted to:
The future of small states in the changing world order: The art of maneuver in the face of rising great power competition
The session will collect contributions on the changing international security environment, the new face of global and regional power competition, as well as its impact on the formation and transformation of foreign policy agendas in different parts of the world. This session will also attract contributions to the role of international organizations in fostering the interests of small states.
Technology, innovation, and small states in a changing international environment
This session brings together scholars to discuss the impact of technological developments (4th Industrial Revolution, AI, robotics, cyber security, etc.) upon the international relations of small states.
Small states, big nations: The power of Diasporas and other networks in traditional power relations
The third session will focus on non-traditional means of national power, such as Diaspora and other networks of cooperation, to enhance the role and influence of small states in the international arena.
All Workshop sessions will be held at Russian-Armenian University (in hybrid format).