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Small Countries and their Diplomatic Powers

27. novembra. 2019 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

In the past, the impact of small countries on global security has been much inferior. While today’s influence is ever greater, small and younger countries do not have the capability to cope with new and ongoing threats.

Furthermore, small states often lack the visibility and recognition by foreign public, so they have to struggle to gain international attention. Therefore, they must be more imaginative and inventive in forging their foreign policy, in order to persuade more powerful counterparts. Soft means and, in particular, diplomacy remain the main tool of these countries to avoid and reduce the risk of conflict.

But is it more advantageous for them to rely on friendships, lobbying in international organizations and historical ties with great powers, rather than to generate international attention – particularly in a fast digital times, when each story matters more than reality? And if so, how is it possible to be a reliable partner within Euro-Atlantic structures when domestic political rhetoric implies raised question marks?

EURACTIV Slovakia, EuroPolicy and the Prague Office of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung are pleased to invite you to the 3rd of its workshops series, that brings together diplomats and practitioners of diplomacy, journalists and digital/social media experts, and experts and researchers, exploring the factors influencing and shaping today´s foreign policy relations and its actors.

The 3rd discussion/workshop of the series, focused on a strength of small countries in diplomatic matters, will look into how younger members of the EU persuade opponents and find partners, how does alternative formats in foreign policy discussions, such as 17+1 debates with China, Normandy format for Ukraine, P5 + 1 for Iran or V4 work for such countries, what positive agenda would help them to score amongst international diplomats of modern era, and whether the the new generation of the European diplomats will be able to take over from strong personalities of older diplomatic schools.


  • Johanna Salovaara-Dean, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Finland Prague
  • Magdaléna Vášáryová, Former State Secretary and Diplomat of the SR



  • Lucia Yar, EURACTIV Slovakia



10:00 – 10:30   Registration
10:30 – 12:00   Discussion
12:00 – 12:30   Refreshments

This workshop is realized in cooperation with EuroPolicy & the Prague office of Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung.


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27. novembra. 2019
10:30 am - 12:30 pm


Heinrich Böll Stiftung Prague‎

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