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Continuity and alter within the Baltic Sea sector uncovers the Baltic States' overseas coverage transition from Socialist Republics to ecu member-states. located among the Russian Federation and northern Europe, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have needed to manoeuvre inside a regularly soft sub-region. considering the fact that independence, the international regulations of the Baltic States were ruled via de-Sovietization and eu integration. mendacity on the crossroads among small kingdom conception and identification politics, this research engages with the advance of Baltic overseas rules as post-Soviet, small and transitioning states. The authors argue that Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania dictated their early overseas coverage agendas in line with a means of id building and as a reaction to their nearby surroundings. This technique took the Baltic States from East to West of their international coverage aspirations. Key components in overseas coverage making and implementation are mentioned, in addition to exterior elements that formed Baltic international coverage agendas. total, the ebook illustrates how continuity and alter within the Baltic overseas guidelines has been formed by way of either 'hard' and 'soft' components. it's a research within the international rules of transitioning states and during this regard illuminates a far better learn zone past its geographic concentration.

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This realist perception of international relations allocates the role to small states as followers and never leaders. 27 How can we define small states? Robert Rothstein defines small states as ‘…a state which recognizes that it cannot obtain security primarily by use of its own capabilities, and that it must rely fundamentally on the aid of other states, institutions, processes, or developments to do so…’28 At first glance, this definition tells us little about small states since nearly all states are interdependent with other actors in the international system.

An entire subset of the international relations literature has been created around small states in international politics. 25 Accordingly, the only choice for small states is to bandwagon since they do not have the material resources to project large amounts of power. This realist perception of international relations allocates the role to small states as followers and never leaders. 27 How can we define small states? Robert Rothstein defines small states as ‘…a state which recognizes that it cannot obtain security primarily by use of its own capabilities, and that it must rely fundamentally on the aid of other states, institutions, processes, or developments to do so…’28 At first glance, this definition tells us little about small states since nearly all states are interdependent with other actors in the international system.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, Lithuania had far fewer Soviet-era, Russian-speaking migrants than Estonia or Latvia. All of these issues are important for foreign policy because the Russian government was able link these issues together to put considerable pressure on Estonia and Latvia. 34 However, to say that Lithuania had a different relationship with Russia does not mean that Lithuania had an always easy or straightforward relationship with Russia. As we shall see, Lithuania was often painted with the same brush used on the other Baltic States.

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