Small State Studies: An Introduction to a Broad Research Agenda

I’ve been quieter than usual here but the following text is part of the reason.
Research is extremely important for the world and individuals (either States or persons). When the research involves small States and not the great powers, it becomes even more critical.

Please check out what we are working on at the moment with the Turpanjian Center for Policy Analysis in Armenia. We would like to thank Mr. Fullam, who has become a dear friend, and Dr. Paturyan, whom I consider a mentor in the analysis.

Perspectives on Policy & Politics

by Béatrice Chahine, Robert Fullam, and Jenny Paturyan

“Small states studies” is a collective term, used to denote a relatively new trans-disciplinary research agenda in social sciences. It encompasses political, economic, international, security, demographic and other areas of research focusing on states considered to be “small.” Those states are believed to possess some distinct characteristic and face challenges stemming from the fact of being small.

What makes a state a small state? Some definitions focus on the size of the population, ranging from less than 15 million people (Crowards 2002) to less than 250,000 people (Veenendaal 2017), others focus on the size of the territory (for example 65,000 km2 and under according to Jalan 1982) or the GDP of the country, for instance, $3000 million and under (Jalan 1982) . There are other approaches to defining the small state as well. The image below maps conceptual debate around…

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