Miniature Empire

Miniature Empire

The Political Weight of Socotra

12/2014  |  2014A05

Small islands do matter in world affairs. The present paper will demonstrate this assumption through the detailed examination of Socotra, an island and an archipelago in the northwest Indian Ocean near the Gulf of Aden. In order to gain a comprehensive overview of the political significance of a small and uninhabited territory, the analysis will be based on a three-level—local, regional and international—model.