International relations

Setting up embassies and consulates together with joining international organisations will establish Scotland as a nation. Making political and trading treaties with other countries and organisations will be important. None more important than if it is decided to join the European Union.

Full answer here: International relations after independence

Scottish independence will impact the UK’s global role

Author / Creator: Alistair Burnett

Media type: Interview

Date published: 2021

"The implications of independence could be huge."

Nation to Nation: Scotland's Place in the World [Revised Edition]

Author / Creator: Stephen Gethins

Media type: Book

Date published: 2022

Scotland has a distinctive place in the world. 

Arguing for Independence: Evidence, Risk and the Wicked Issues

Author / Creator: Stephen Maxwell

Media type: Book

Date published: 2012

This book offers a case for independence under six main headings

Smaller States’ Strategies and Influence in an EU of 27: Lessons for Scotland

Author / Creator: Kirsty Hughes

Media type: Policy Paper

Date published: March 2020

Smaller EU member states can develop their European strategies and tactics, set priorities and build alliances, and  some lessons for Scotland’s European strategy are available from their experiences.

Scotland International: Understanding Scotland’s International Relations

Author / Creator: Peter Lynch

Media type: Book

Date published: 2020

The Scottish government has pursued international relations through engagement with states throughout the world and its modest steps toward an international development policy.

How Scotland’s foreign policy could help shape the world

Author / Creator: Believe in Scotland

Media type: Article

Date published: 2021

Establishing its own foreign policy will be one of the most important tasks facing an independent Scotland after a Yes vote.

Scotland’s new choice; Independence after Brexit

Author / Creator: Eve Hepburn

Media type: Book

Date published: 2021

Leading experts examine the key issues, opportunities and challenges surrounding the prospect of independence since UK’s decision to leave the European Union. 

Scottish Independence: A Practical Guide

Author / Creator: Jo E. Murkens

Media type: Book

Date published: 2002

This book is the first serious study of the likely road to independence, and the consequences for the Scottish people and the Scottish economy. Scottish Independence starts with a detailed guide to the stages along the route to independence and goes on to analyse the legal, political and economic consequences.It asks key question

Nation to Nation Scotland's place in the world.

Author / Creator: Stephen Gethins

Media type: book

Date published: 2021

Gethins looks at Scotland's foreign policy to better inform the debate about the country's future and its relationships with its neighbours near and far.