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Vulnerability without capabilities?: Small state strategy and the international counter-piracy agenda

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Ulrik Trolle Smed, Anders Wivel

Today, small European states regularly need to go out of area and
out of tried and tested institutional settings to defend their
security interests. How do small European states meet this
challenge most effectively? This analysis suggests that small states
can influence multilateral decisions on international security by
combining norm entrepreneurship with lobbying and taking on
the role as an “honest broker”. However, economic capacity, an
effective state administration, and interests compatible with the
agendas of the great powers are key to success. Based on a
comprehensive empirical material including 19 elite interviews as
well as official documents and other written material, we process
trace how one small European state, Denmark, influenced the
development of international counter-piracy cooperation and the
development of an international counter-piracy strategy for the
Gulf of Aden and off the Horn of Africa and discuss which lessons
the Danish case may hold for other small states.
TidsskriftEuropean Security
Sider (fra-til)79-98
StatusUdgivet - 2 jan. 2017


  • Det Samfundsvidenskabelige Fakultet - Foreign Policy, Small states, Norm entrepreneuership, Small state strategy, counter-piracy, influence seeking, Maritime security, Denmark

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