Small States in the Global Society

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This study is the result of a decision by Commonwealth Heads of Government at their 1983 Meeting in New Delhi. It was conceived in the framework of the Commonwealth’s long-standing concern with the economic problems of its very many small member states. The ‘vulnerability’ of small states is the essential concept informing the enquiry and it is considered in all its relevant aspects – military, political, economic, technical, social and cultural.  




The conclusion of our preceding analysis is that, because of their intrinsic characteristics, small states need a special measure of support. In a loosely ordered international community of over 150 states varying in size, power, capacity and goals, they can easily be overlooked and left at a disadvantage. On the other hand, it is widely recognised that many small states have made a major significant contribution to the international community.


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