FIIA Publications – Spring 2013

FIIA Briefing PapersFinland

Harri Mikkola & Juha KäpyläArctic economic potential: The need for a comprehensive and risk-aware understanding of Arctic dynamics

The melting of the Arctic is expected to offer prospects for maritime transport and hydrocarbon exploitation that could potentially create an Arctic economic boom.

Patrick MatschossThe German energy transition: Status, challenges and the Finnish perspective

The rising shares of variable renewable energy raise the flexibility requirements of the energy system to ensure network reliability. The extension of the electricity grid is a key factor as better cross-regional integration evens out the variability and provides greater access to dispatchable capacities and energy storage, for example.

Teemu Sinkkonen, Counterterrorism in external action: The EU’s toolbox for responding to terrorism abroad

The Algerian hostage incident in January 2013 was a good example of the type of terrorism that Europeans are likely to face at the moment: the target was a multinational energy plant in the European neighbourhood, the motives were both political and economic, and the perpetrators were part of a global ideology, but acted in their local interests.

Timo BehrMika Aaltola & Erik BrattbergMaritime Security in a multipolar world: Towards an EU Strategy for the Maritime Commons

Recent years have seen a transformation of the global maritime security environment, driven among other things by the diffusion of maritime power, great power competition, the “territorialisation” of the seas, the rise of maritime non-state actors, changes in maritime geography, and a race to extract maritime resources.

Mikael Wigell & Mauricio Romero, Transatlantic drug trade: Europe, Latin America and the need to strengthen anti-narcotics cooperation

The cocaine business has changed significantly in recent years. Once concentrated in Colombia, it has now expanded to the entire Latin American region with Brazil, Mexico, Central America, and Venezuela having become central corridors for the illegal traffic.