This work examines the construction of post-Soviet political space, geopolitical discourses and boundaries in Estonia. Making use of invative 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 t simply pawns in a superpower environment.
Pami Aalto received his PhD from the University of Helsinki in 2001after postgraduate studies at the University of Bradford, England. He is currently based at the University of Tampere, Finland, and has been Visiting Fellow at the Copenhagen Peace Research Institute (COPRI) and the Estonian Academy of Sciences.