Small States and the New Security Environment (SSANSE)
The SSANSE project is a preparedness initiative examining the defence and foreign policy choices and challenges of small states in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and Oceania in the new security environment. Small states make up half of the membership of the United Nations. Small states may be small in population and territory, but they have frequently had a disproportionate effect on global politics and they are more often affected by global shifts in power. SSANSE will extend theoretical debates on the role of small states in the changing international system as well as on the issue of how states manage their relations between the major powers in the new security environment.
The SSANSE research team is led by Professor Anne-Marie Brady, Department of Political Science and International Relations, University of Canterbury and Professor Baldur Thorhallsson, University of Iceland; working with co-directors Professor Margareta Šešelgytė, Vilnius University and Professor Alan Tidwell, Georgetown University.
The SSANSE research team will:
- produce a set of policy-relevant, theoretically-informed research in the form of policy briefs, op eds, and academic papers on the foreign policy choices and challenges of small states as they face the new security environment; project directors will organise a conference and workshop for project participants in New Zealand; an international conference for small states specialists in Iceland; and a half-day seminar for policymakers and diplomats in Washington D.C. on these themes; and edit two books which will collate the findings of the international research team.
- engage with and contribute to existing literature on small states in the international system.
- deepen local and international awareness of the range and depth of small state foreign affairs, defence, and strategic interests in the new security environment.
- train a cohort of young researchers so they can use this knowledge as a stepping-stone to careers in diplomacy, defence, and academia.
Project research partnerships:
- Center for Small States at the University of Iceland
- Center for Australia, New Zealand, and Pacific Studies, Georgetown University
- Wilson Center, Washington, DC
UC-Based Research Team
- Professor Anne-Marie Brady
- Associate Professor Natalia Chaban
- Toby Dalley
- Dr Kate Dewes
- Professor Martin Holland
- K.C. Jung
- Dr Serena Kelly
- Professor Steve Ratuva
- Professor Margareta Šešelgytė, Vilnius University
- Professor Baldur Thorhallsson, University of Iceland
- Professor Alan Tidwell, Georgetown University
Research Associates (NZ foreign policy book project):
- Dr Joe Burton, Victoria University of Wellington
- Dr Beth Greener, Massey University
- Mr Nicky Hager, independent researcher
- Associate Professor Jim Headley
- Associate-Professor Steve Hoadley
- Professor Robert Patman
- Dr Anna Powles
- Dr Jim Rolfe
- Dr Mark G. Rolls
- Dr Anthony Smith, NZ Department of PM and Cabinet
- Dr Reuben Steff
- Dr Corey Wallace
Opportunities to participate in the project:
Small States and the New Security Environment (SSANSE) International Conference at the University of Iceland
Organizers: The SSANSE project and the Centre for Small State Studies.
Date: Tuesday 26 June, 2018.
Venue: Nordic house, Sæmundargata 11, 101 Reykjavík.
This international conference for small states ́ specialists will focus on security and defence policy choices and challenges of NATO small states and small NATO partner states in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and Oceania.
One third of NATO members are small states and so are most NATO partner states. The SSANSE research project is a preparedness initiative examining the defence and foreign policies of NATO small states and small NATO partner states in the new security environment and examining how NATO might better partner with these states.
More information can be found on the 2018 Conference page.
Courses of study
- POLS 308 International Politics: NZ Foreign Policy - core course of the project
- POLS 211 China: From Mao to Now, and POLS 445 China's Emergence as a Global Great Power, both courses examine Chinese politics from the point of view of NZ interests.
- Supervision of Honours, Masters and PhD projects on every aspect of NZ foreign policy, present and future
Scholarship opportunities for graduate research within the project’s themes:
- University of Canterbury MA scholarships
- William and Ina Cartwright Scholarship
- Graduates Association Scholarship
- William Georgetti Scholarship
- University of Canterbury Alumni Scholarship
- Hayek Masters scholarship
- Ensom Prize
- Honours and MA scholarships for women
- MA scholarship to study energy-related issue such as “impact of NZ’s oil imports on our foreign relations” and “NZ’s energy security”
- Korea Foundation MA scholarship—could fund project on NZ-Korea relations
- Rewi Alley Chinese Studies Scholarship—could fund project on NZ-China relations
- MFAT Antarctic MA scholarship—could fund project on NZ Antarctic strategic interests
- MA scholarship focused on peace and disarmament
- Ngai Tahu MA scholarship
- Post-grad fieldwork funding—to go to developing countries
- Brownlie PhD scholarship
- Freyberg scholarship (now available for MA research at NZ universities)