Iceland’s shelter options in the new millennium

Baldur Thorhallsson, Sverrir Steinsson

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The US departure from Iceland indicates the importance of multilateral shelter for small states. Iceland has sought to strengthen its conventional shelter relations with the Nordic states and member states of NATO and the European project. Iceland has also been looking towards non-traditional sources for support, namely China and Russia, and is performing a balancing act in the Arctic Council, in order to secure itself shelter provided by powerful world actors. However, Iceland has not been able to secure itself comprehensive shelter, as indicated by the country’s latest attempt to align itself with Britain in a post-Brexit world. The Icelandic government needs to closely examine the extent to which existing multilateral shelter arrangements may be more reliable during times of need, rather than relying on a single protector in the twenty-first century.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSmall States and Shelter Theory
Subtitle of host publicationIceland?s External Affairs
PublisherTaylor and Francis AS
Number of pages34
ISBN (Electronic)9780429871818
ISBN (Print)9781138615373
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

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© 2019 selection and editorial matter, Baldur Thorhallsson; individual chapters, the contributors.


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