EURO-ATLANTIC promotes “Small states and big powers: Portugal and Iceland's foreign relations” seminar


On October 28 and 29, 2021, the seminar “Small states and big powers: Portugal and Iceland's foreign relations” was held at the Portuguese National Defense Institute.

This was the first research seminar held under the bilateral action “EURO-ATLANTIC: The European and Atlantic dimensions of Portugal and Iceland's foreign policies”, financed by EEA Grants Portugal and involving the participation of several team members.

Over two days of intense debate and scientific discussion, the internal and external determinants that favor or detract from cooperation with regional or world powers and international organizations were analyzed. All paper givers examined the historical backgrounds of the foreign policy trajectories of both Portugal and Iceland, and assessed whether, to what extent and with what advantages and limitations can the shelter theory explain the foreign policy options of both countries.

In addition to the opportunity to discuss the first version of the EURO-ATLANTIC research papers, this was also the first in-person meeting between the team members.

Overall, the seminar provided a forum for team-building and synergies, and strengthened the willingness to extend the cooperation between the Portuguese Institute of International Relations of NOVA University Lisbon and the Center for Small State Studies of the University of Iceland.


More to come in Reykjavik, in 2022!