A small-state geopolitics?

  • Henrik Gutzon Larsen (Lecturer)

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalks and presentations in private or public companies


In the past as well as in the present, geopolitics has predominantly been about great powers and been practiced from great power perspectives. It is in this respect characteristic that Ó Tuathail and Agnew’s influential 1992 article in Political Geography conceptualised critical geopolitics as ‘the study of the spatialization of international politics by core powers and hegemonic states’. But geopolitical practices are not confined to powerful states. Since the end of the cold war, in particular, we have thus seen the emergence of critical analyses of what could be termed ‘small-state geopolitics’, and some contributions to the critical historiography of geopolitical traditions points in a similar direction. Yet we are still to see more systematic discussions of how geopolitical practices are adopted, adapted and developed from small-state perspectives. Provisionally, ‘small-state geopolitics’ could here be conceptualised as a situated perspective on the small- state ‘self’ and on the wider world in which also notions of being ‘small’ should be critically analysed as products of geopolitical practices. The paper will explore the notion of small-state geopolitics and suggest themes and problems that could be critically investigated in this respect.
Period24 Aug 2012
Event titleSpatialising the (Geo)Political
Event typeConference
LocationFrankfurt am Main, Germany