Director: Mika Aaltola
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The Finnish Institute of International Affairs is a Helsinki-based independent research institute that produces high level research to support political decision-making and public debate both nationally and internationally. Its three research programmes are:
- The EU research programme (director Juha Jokela). The European Union research programme focuses on the European External Action Service, EU’s external representation, Common Foreign and Security Policy, Common Security, Defence Policy, neighbourhood policy and energy security. The programme addresses the relations between external and internal security by focusing on terrorism and radicalization as well as related institutional development and decision-making.
- The EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood and Russia research programme (director Arkady Moshes). The programme studies the Eastern European environment with a special focus on Russia’s domestic and foreign policy. In particular, the programme concentrates on political developments in the region, the dynamics of policy-making: actors, networks and shifts in interests and power. It also studies international relations in the EU’s eastern neighbourhood and the relationship between the region and the EU, especially development of the EU’s Eastern Partnership with Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan.
- The Global Security research programme (director Mikael Wigell). The Global Security research programme approaches global security challenges within the framework of broad security. The programme seeks to understand the global trajectories of security that have significance for the European and Finnish security environments. The issues approached include the prospects for global governance systems, changes in the major power structure, significant factors in functional and regional security and insecurity, global challenges, such as the climate change, the role of the transatlantic relationship in world politics, and the different dimensions of the European security policy.
In addition, the Institute has several on-going projects which transcend the boundaries of the research programmes. For instance, the Institute launched a peace mediation project in order to enhance debate, research and awareness of peace mediation in Finland.
The Institute was established by the Parliament of Finland in its centennial plenum in June 2006 and the Parliament also provides the Institute’s basic funding. The Institute is autonomous in its research activities and is governed by a nine-member Board, assisted by an Advisory Council and a scientific advisory council. All FIIA publications can be downloaded from the institute’s website free of charge.
FIIA researcher Juha Jokela is a member of the TEPSA Board.
- Online Event: “Debating the Future of Europe: Towards Meaningful EU Criticism”, 10 November, 11:30
- “EU peace mediation in the 2020s: From intervention to investment”, Tyyne Karjalainen (FIIA, Finland)
- “Iran’s foreign policy: Buying time until the U.S. presidential elections”, Mariette Hägglund (FIIA, Finland)
- Anna-Kaisa Hiltunen receives state award for public information (FIIA, Finland)
- “The EU’s role and policies in the Sahel: The need for reassessment”, Tuomas Iso-Markku and Teemu Tammikko (FIIA, Finland)
- “The deepening Finnish-Swedish security and defence relationship: From operative cooperation to ‘strategic interoperability’?”, Matti Pesu and Tuomas Iso-Markku (FIIA, Finland)
- “Trump 2.0 or a first Biden administration? How different worldviews will shape US foreign policy”, Charly Salonius-Pasternak and Ville Sinkkonen (FIIA, Finland)
- FIIA news compilation on US politics (FIIA, Finland)
- “Turkey and the post-pandemic world: What kind of revisionism?”, Toni Alaranta (FIIA, Finland)
- “Finnish foreign policy during EU membership: Unlocking the EU’s security potential”, Matti Pesu, Tuomas Iso-Markku and Juha Jokela (FIIA, Finland)