n Africa Insight - Seychelles' search for security

Volume 34, Issue 2_3
  • ISSN : 0256-2804


As the literature on small states makes clear, it is notoriously difficult to define smallness. However, if a state's people and institutions generally perceive themselves to be small, or if other states perceive that state as small, then one could consider it so. States are deemed small not by any objective definition, but by their perceived role in the international hierarchy. Small states tend to exhibit a range of similar behaviours. Among these, they tend to exhibit a low level of participation in world affairs, address a narrow scope of foreign policy issues, limit their behaviour to their immediate geographic arena, and secure multinational agreements and join multinational (and regional) institutions whenever possible.

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