The Republic of Estonia celebrated its 100th anniversary on February 24, 2018. In order to celebrate this wonderful occasion, the Republic of Estonia is organising lots of different events in and outside of Estonia.

With the support of the Estonia 100 programme, Tallinn University, Tallinn Summer School, and Tbilisi State University are offering a great way to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Estonia by participating in a summer school course “Small States in the Changing World Order.” Participation is Free of Charge.

Small States in the Changing World Order / June 11 – 15, 2018

The goal of the course is to give an overview of small states and the challenges they face in the changing world order.  The course will focus on the vulnerability and resiliency of small states to the ongoing changes in the world order.

The course begins with defining the small state and overviewing the small state literature. The course then looks at case studies of the different challenges small states face due to the changing world order. The global flow of capital, open economies, and geopolitics will all be discussed. Conclusions on how the changing world order impacts vulnerability and resiliency will be discussed.


Matthew Crandall is an associate professor of International Relations at Tallinn University (Estonia) where he also defended his PhD. He completed a master’s degree in EU-Russian Studies from the University of Tartu (Estonia) and a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in Political Science (USA). He has published in Contemporary Security Policy, Defence Studies, and East European Politics, and his major field of research is small state foreign and security policies.


Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University
Center for Lifelong Learning

Ilia Chavchavadze ave. 1, 0179 Tbilisi, Georgia
Room: TBC


From Monday to Friday from 14:00 to 18:00:
Day 1. Changing world order, Post-American world order
Day 2. Size and small states in the global world order
Day 3. The global economy and small states
Day 4. Geopolitics, global security and small states
Day 5. Status and small states


The course is appealing for a broad base of students, not just those with a law or international relations background. Students with a variety of educational backgrounds will benefit from the course including those with a background in: economics, sociology, history, human geography, political science, and more.

Credit points

Upon full participation and completion of the course work students will be awarded 3 ECTS points and a certificate of completion from Tallinn University.

Course fee

Free of charge


Registration for the course

Deadline: 14th May (REGISTRATION FOR THE COURSE IS NOW CLOSED! But you can still register for open lecture)

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The event is dedicated to the centenary of the Republic of Estonia

Open Events

13.06.2018 at 19:00 – Open lecture: “Security strategies for small states in the era of Trump: challenges and opportunities” (open for anyone interested in the topic). This public lecture looks at small allies of the United States and evaluates the challenges and opportunities that they face in an era of populism, protectionism, and unilateralism.  The public lecture will look at coalition building both within and outside of NATO.

After the lecture – Estonian Evening

14.06.2018 at 18:00 – Tallinn University Info Session in Tbilisi