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1st Edition

Foreign Policy Analysis of a Baltic State
Lithuania and 'GrybauskaitÄ— Doctrine'

ISBN 9780367675806
Published August 1, 2022 by Routledge
254 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book provides a comprehensive analysis of Lithuanian foreign policy by employing the theory of small states and the agent-perspective to assess how President Dalia Grybauskaitė impacted Lithuanian foreign policy in 2009–2019 and which, in turn, could affect changes in international structures. The book is based on original interviews with Grybauskaitė and all her foreign policy advisors, as well as other Lithuanian diplomats and Ministers of Foreign Affairs. In addition to providing an important case study of Lithuanian foreign policy, this monograph also discusses the impact an agent formulating and executing small-state foreign policy may have on the ‘grand structures’ of international relations, such as the EU and NATO. For its investigation of the mutual relationship between agent and structure, this monograph draws on the literature on foreign policy analysis (FPA) and asks questions about the extent to which a particular leader of foreign policy may determine a specific policy decision or outcome.

This book will be of particular interest to students of the Baltic region and Russia-Baltic relations, as well as to political scientists and researchers interested in FPA literature, and small-state security.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction


Chapter 2. Theoretical Background: Structures, Agents and Small State Strategies in Foreign Policy

Chapter 3. Lithuanian Foreign Policy Process and the Role of the President


Chapter 4. The Baltic States: Between Cooperation and Competition

Chapter 5. Russia: The Reset that Never Was

Chapter 6. Relations with the USA: CIA Prison, Defensive Plans, Obama, and Trump

Chapter 7. Relationship Status with Poland: ‘It’s Complicated’

Chapter 8. Ukraine: The Revolution that Started in Vilnius

Chapter 9. The European Union and the Search for Leadership: from the Nordic Countries to Germany

Chapter 10. Relationship with Israel

Chapter 11. Conclusions: Lithuanian Foreign Policy Changes and Grybauskaitė’s Legacy

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Dr. Tomas Janeliūnas has been a full-time professor at the Institute of International Relations and Political Science (IIRPS), Vilnius University, since 2015.