International relations

Building a New Scotland: An independent Scotland's Place in the World

Author / Creator: Scottish Government

Media type: White paper

Date published: 2024

Independence will mean that Scotland takes its place in the international community;

  • alongside 193 other United Nations member states,
  • able to join the European Union,
  • with the powers necessary to protect its citizens and prosper in the global economy.

McSmoergasbord: What post-Brexit Scotland can learn from the Nordics

Author / Creator: Lesley Riddoch

Media type: Book

Date published: 2017

The Nordic countries have a veritable smörgåsbord of relationships with the European Union, from in to out to somewhere in between.

So, what does that mean for Scotland?

The Year Europe Lost Control

Author / Creator: Chris Bambery 

Media type: Opinion

Date published: 2022

A detailed look at the huge shifts in global competition since the Russian invasion of Ukraine. He finds that the world system is lurching towards further conflict, and that the US has re-asserted its dominance, to the cost of Europe.

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. 

‘Stop the World, Scotland Wants to Get On’: Devolution, Foreign Policy and the UK Constitution in Scotland

Author / Creator: Reuben Duffy

Media type: Discussion Paper

Date published:

"Constitutional reform in relation to Scotland’s foreign policy role might alleviate ... territorial conflict between the Scottish and UK governments."

Could Scotland really be seen as a Northern nation? A view from Denmark

Author / Creator: Danita Catherine Burke

Media type: Article

Date published:

Scotland is now seeking to define itself as a “Northern” nation.

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.

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.