Development, Democracy, Opportunities and Challenges of Small and Landlocked States
Small and landlocked states are the most vulnerable states in the international system, lagging far behind in socio-economic advancement of the contemporary global mainstream. The primary cause of the economic backwardness is their particular positions in the geography. They are deprived of easy maritime accesses for external trade connecting economically to the global market. They, in fact, remain dependent on and confined within the territories of the neighboring states which are often hostile to their socio-economic development.