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It deliberately focuses first on a comparative case analysis of two distinct ‘small state–big state’ contests drawn from the 1970s, seeking to infer and tease out the conditions that enable smaller ‘Lilliputian’ states (whether often or rarely) to beat their respective Gulliver. The discussion then proceeds to examine whether similar tactics can work in relation to contemporary concerns regarding environmental vulnerability, with a focus on two other small island states. Before that, however, the semiotics of ‘the small state’ need to be explored since they are suggestive of the perceptions and expectations that are harboured by decision makers at home and abroad and tend towards the self-fulfilling prophecy.

Vital, David (1971) The Survival of Small States: Studies in Small Power–Great Power Conflict (Oxford: Oxford University Press). Vlcek, William (2007) ‘Why Worry? The Impact of the OECD Harmful Tax Competition Initiative on Caribbean Offshore Financial Centres’, Round Table 96(390): 331–46. Vlcek, William (2008) Offshore Finance and Small States: Sovereignty, Size and Money (London: Palgrave Macmillan). Part 1 Challenges/Realities of Practising Small State Diplomacy 2 Thucydides or Kissinger? A Critical Review of Smaller State Diplomacy Godfrey Baldacchino∗ Setting the scene: Small states and the instrument of diplomacy In The Peloponnesian War, Thucydides (1972: 402) highlights the effects of the general weakness of smaller states vis-à-vis larger, more powerful ones in a key passage where the Athenians remind the Melians that: you know as well as we do that, as the world goes, right is only in question between equals in power.

Cooper and Timothy M. Shaw 9 overall regional impact is one that ‘emphasised the vulnerability of the regional institution’. Each perspective highlights both the diversity and challenges before small states. One issue relates to the relevance of crossregional/international associations. The Commonwealth has been an important forum for SIDS issues at the inter-state level, and now cooperates with the World Bank in an ongoing Joint Task Force (Shaw, 2008). As David McIntyre (2001: 117) notes: The Commonwealth has, indeed, become the premier small states forum.

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