The foreign policy of small powers

The purpose of this paper is to redress the relative shortage of small power studies, expand the theoretical understanding pertaining to this peculiar type of states and reassert the term ‘small power’ in the relevant literature. The field of international relations (IR) that is devoted to small powers is limited, at least when compared to the material available for larger powers, as small powers were seemingly neglected during the Cold War era. However, small powers today have increased in numbers, as has their impact on the international system; hence, it is imperative that all pertinent definitions and attributes of small powers are examined in order to challenge the consistency and credibility of the term ‘small state’ over ‘small power’, as different connotations apply in either case.


Christos Kassimeris is the Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at European University Cyprus

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