Constructing Post-Soviet Geopolitics in Estonia
By Pami Aalto
Routledge – 2004 – 200 pages
Series: Routledge Studies in Geopolitics
This work examines the construction of post-Soviet political space, geopolitical discourses and boundaries in Estonia.
Making use of innovative methodological solutions such as Q-methodology, its analysis includes in-depth interviews that elucidate a variety of issues through human experience and subjective perception, such as Estonian-Russian border disputes of the 1990s, inter-ethnic issues and national integration and security.
As Estonia is one of the frontline EU accession countries and is queuing for membership of NATO, the book raises broad questions of post-Soviet geopolitics in the Baltic region and across Europe. Indeed, Pami Aalto argues that small states such as Estonia should be understood as active participants in post-Soviet and European geopolitics, and not simply pawns in a superpower environment.
The Space of Post-Soviet Geopolitics in Estonia. "High" and "Low" Geopolitics. In Search of Discourses. Identities and Subjectivities Matter. Discourse, Power and New Boundaries. Concluding Remarks - Critical Geopolitics and Peaceful Development.