Recent publications from the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA) – Spring/summer 2016





Mika Aaltola & Anna Kronlund (eds.), After Rebalance: Visions for the future of US foreign policy and global role beyond 2016

The publication can be downloaded here.

Katri Pynnöniemi & András Rácz, Fog of Falsehood: Russian strategy of deception and the conflict in Ukraine

The publication can be downloaded here.

Briefing Papers


Michael Haltzel, Sticking to the Rules: The United States view on strengthening the OSCE

The publication can be downloaded here.

David Cadier, Detour or Direction? The Europeanisation of France’s policies towards Russia

The publication can be downloaded here.

Katri Pynnöniemi & Charly Salonius-Pasternak, Security in the Baltic Sea Region: Activation of risk potential

The publication can be downloaded here.

Marco Siddi, Privileged Partners? Italy should use its leverage for constructive policies towards Russia

The publication can be downloaded here.

Toni Alaranta, The problematic EU-Turkey refugee deal: The EU downplays its structural foreign policy in order to secure internal unity

The publication can be downloaded here.

Niklas Helwig, Will Angela Merkel cope with the populist challenge? The German chancellor faces opposition to her migration policies in Europe and at home

The publication can be downloaded here.

Katja Creutz & Marco Siddi, Committing to humanity? The World Humanitarian Summit offered a glimmer of hope among all the crises

The publication can be downloaded here.

Past events at the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA) – Spring/summer 2016

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“Nordic-Baltic Cooperation. A Region in Transition”
25 May 2016


In the event, organized on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Nordic-Baltic cooperation and in cooperation with The Nordic Council of Minister’s Office in Latvia, the experts Veiko Spolītis and Didzis Kļaviņš discussed challenges and opportunities for Nordic-Baltic cooperation and tried to provide a future roadmap. The event also featured distinguished speakers such as H.E. Olli Kantanen (Ambassador of Finland to Latvia) and Dr. Johan Strang (University of Helsinki) and was moderated by Ilvija Bruģe (Researcher in the Latvian Institute of International Affairs).

“Latvia and the United States: Building Bridges across a Changing Landscape”
26 May 2016


liia4The event, which took place on the occasion of the presentation of the new Latvian Institute of International Affairs publication Latvia and the United States: Revisiting a Strategic Partnership in a Transforming Environment, was opened by Andris Sprūds (Director of the Latvian Institute of International Affairs), Valdis Zatlers (Former President of the Republic of Latvia), Andrejs Pildegovičs (State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia) and Edvīns Bērziņš (Chairman of the Board and President of the Latvian Railroad).

The discussion took place in two panels. The first one focused on Latvia-US security and defence cooperation, and the other on Latvia-US economic cooperation. The project was carried out in cooperation with SJSC Latvian Railway, the Embassy of the Republic of Latvia to the United States of America and SIA Pata AB, the European Crabbing Association, and American Latvian Association.


“From Wales to Warsaw: NATO – Back to the Origins?”
16 June 2016


liia2In the public discussion organized by the Latvian Institute of International Affairs and supported by NATO, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Riga, experts from Latvia, Poland, Germany, Russia and other countries discussed the role of NATO in the changing geopolitical environment in the light of the upcoming Warsaw summit.

The event was opened by Andris Sprūds (Director of the Latvian Institute of International Affairs), Elisabeth Bauer (Director of Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Baltic/Nordic States) and Ewa Dębska (Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Poland to the Republic of Latvia). Among the speakers was Tacan Ildem (NATO Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy).




Past events at IEE-ULB – Autumn 2014


“Swiss-EU Relations: State of Play and Perspectives”
15 October 2014

On October the 15th, 2014, the Institute for European Studies had the honnour to welcome the Swiss Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Yves Rossier, to discuss the current and future state of the Swiss-EU Relations.

The European Union (EU) is Switzerland’s principle trade partner and Switzerland is one of the EU’s 4 main partners. The total value of trade in goods and services equals more than 1,5 billion Euros per working day. Human relations are intense as 1,2 million EU citizens live in Switzerland and 1,3 million persons cross the common borders every day. It is in this interdependency context that the EU and Switzerland are held to define the contours of the respective futures.

This privileged relationship is however confronted with a period of uncertainty: on February 9th 2014, the Swiss citizens endorsed a referendum “against mass immigration”. Its objective consists in allowing Switzerland to autonomously manage its immigration. Following this decision, on July 4th 2014, Switzerland requested the EU to re-negotiate its Agreement on the free movement of persons (AFMP). The EU High Representative, Ms. Catherine Ashton, officially rejected this request on July 25th 2014.

On the one hand; for Brussels, the introduction of quantitative limits and quotas, including the national preference in favour of Swiss residents, is fundamentally incompatible with the principles of the AFMP. On the other; Berne is confronted with the democratic imperative of having to respect its citizens’ will. This contradiction has come to weigh on both the EU-Swiss partnership as a whole, as well as on the institutional negotiations launched in May 2014 aimed at reinvigorate the bilateral relationship. Defining the means to overcome it is an essential question, which the new EU Commission and the Swiss government are called upon to answer.

In this context, better grasping and understanding the Euro-Swiss relationship constitutes a thrilling opportunity. Bearing this in mind, the Mission of Switzerland to the EU and the Presidency of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) decided to partner up and to charge the Institut d’Etudes Européennes of the ULB with the organisation of the series of events “A surprising Switzerland for Tomorrow’s Europe”.

Read more here.

International Conference – “The EU-US Approaches to Counter Terrorism” – 14 October 2014

On October 14th, 2014 the Institute for European Studies had the pleasure to welcome Mr. John B. Bellinger, former Adviser of the US National Security Council and former Legal Adviser to the US State Department during the George W. Bush presidency.

Mr. J. Bellinger delivered a speech on his experience as a former official of the US government regarding counter terrorism and about his experience while collaborating with the various European and EU counter terrorism officials. He addressed as well his view on the current terrorism challenges that are facing both the EU and the US.

An interesting debate, preceded by the analysis of both Mrs. Christiane Höhn, Adviser to the EU Counter-terrorism Coordinator (European Council) and Prof. Pierre Klein (ULB); took place among the three speakers and the public.

“Imbalances & Inequalities in the EU: Challenges to the Europe 2020 Strategy”
10 October 2014

Conference by EU Commissioner Laszlo Andor for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion – 10 October 2014.

On October 10th, 2014, the Institute for European Studies of the Université libre de Bruxelles had the pleasure to welcome Commissioner Laszlo Andor to benefit from his in depth insight on the various EU member states economies, especially in the matters of Employment, Competitiveness and Social Affairs. At this occasion, he expressed as well his views and thoughts about the challenges that are facing the European Union in the framework of the Europe 2020 Strategy.
An interesting debate then took place between Commissioner Andor, Prof. André Sapir (ULB) and Andrea Garnero (ULB-Dulbea – Ecole d’Economie de Paris).

Past events at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA) – Summer 2014


CUSPP Summer Session
August 2014

The Center for US Politics and Power (CUSPP) at FIIA organized the very first Summer Session on the topic of Nordic-Baltic Security and US Role in the Region after Ukraine in Helsinki and Tallinn in August, 2014.

The aim of the Summer Session was to provide a platform to discuss the topic from different perspectives and it gathered researchers and experts from Europe and the US. The themes included in the programme were US global rebalancing and its impact to the region, transatlantic relations and US politics, dependencies and cooperation (military and trade), regional military cooperation, NATO, cyber and flows, Arctic and the sce¬narios of insecurity. The forthcoming FIIA report on the issue will fur¬ther continue on the themes of the Summer Session.

The Summer Session is part of the agenda of the CUSPP that aims to provide a platform for the research on the US global role and US foreign and domestic policy in Finland and to strengthen CUSPP networks internationally. The Center’s visiting scholar programme not only invites scholars from the US to contribute the research focuses of the Center but also provides possibilities for its own researchers to visit the US.

Eurasian Union project

The EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood and Russia Research Programme has conducted a research project on the prospects of Eurasian integration.

The project concluded that the Eurasian Economic Union has, on paper, the potential to transform economic relations in the region and to offer an alternative ot the EU in the post-Soviet space. However, weak institutions and large asym¬metry between member states are continuing to hinder closer ties and the crisis in Ukraine has led to an increasingly hostile international environment. Hence, the union faces an uphill struggle to maintain momentum and deliver the results member states desire.

Kultaranta Talks, 8-9 June 2014, Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA)

The Kultaranta Talks, a foreign policy discussion event, gathered around one hundred foreign policy experts and debaters at the President of the Republic’s summer residence at Kultaranta in Naantali on 8-9 June 2014. Among the main themes were Russia, Europe, cyber security and defence capability. The Kultaranta Talks are aimed at creating a new kind of national debating event based on open and critical consideration of Finnish for­eign and security policy. The Office of the President of the Republic of Finland organised the Talks in cooperation with FIIA.

Past events at Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) – Winter 2015/16


Mercator European Dialogue – EU strategic vision workshop
26 February 2016, Rome

Workshop hosted by IAI in the framework of the Mercator European Dialogue project. In an ever more complex and connected world, defining a common strategic vision for the EU as a global actor has become an urgent priority. In this context, the European Council has mandated the High Representative and Vice President of the Commission, Federica Mogherini, to draft an EU Global Strategy on foreign and security policy. Our workshop provided the chance to explore the content of this strategy review as illustrated by Nathalie Tocci, Deputy Director of the IAI and Special Advisor to the HRVP Federica Mogherini, pen-holder of the EU Global Strategy. MPs had the opportunity to discuss priorities and contribute to the debate on the EU’s global role.

European Union Institute for Security Studies-IAI joint conference on “Europe & Africa: A strategic approach”
17-18 February 2016, Paris

“Energy Union: from birth to maturity”, round table organized in cooperation with the College of Europe, Bruges
22 January 2016, Bruges

Between power and rules: The geopolitics of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership“. Conference organised in cooperation with the Centre for European Reform, London.
18 January 2016, Rome

EU relations with Latin America. From social resilience to global governance“. Conference organised in cooperation with European Union Institute for Security Studies, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, EU Global Strategy and Compagnia di San Paolo.
15 January 2016, Rome

Civili in missione. L’esperienza italiana nelle missioni dell’Unione Europea“. Conference on the civilian missions, in cooperation with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
17-18 December 2015, Rome

Conference on “A new European Neighbourhood Policy in a changing strategic environment in cooperation with the Polish Embassy in Rome.
9 December 2015, Rome

The Energy Union: towards an effective European energy policy: Conference with Maroš Šefčovič, European Commission Vice President for Energy Union.
4 December 2015, Rome

Quale governo per l’Ue? Presentation of the volume What Form of Government for the European Union and the Eurozone?  edited by Federico Fabbrini, Ernst Hirsch Ballin, Han Somsen (Hart Publishing, Oxford, 2015), Meeting within the cycle “The future of the European economy” in collaboration with the Center for Studies on Federalism.
4 December 2015, Rome

Italy and the renegotiation of the UK’s EU membership, Conference with Philipp Hammond, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, followed by a roundtable with a panel of Italian and British experts.
25 November 2015, Rome

The European Union and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: Managing Globalization?“, Conference with Pascal Lamy, President Emeritus of the Notre Europe-Jacque Delors Institute and former Director-General WTO, in collaboration with LUISS-School of Management e German Marshall Fund of the United States.
25 November 2015, Rome

Challenges to European Security: A Transatlantic perspective, Transatlantic Security Symposium (8th edition).
26 October 2015, Rome

China-Europe relations and the role of Italy”, Conference organised in cooperation with T.wai, Turin, and the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR), Beijing, and with the support of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the China Embassy in Italy.
22-23 October 2015, Rome

“Eurozone: getting back to growth?”; presentation of the book by Alberto Majocchi “Un piano per l’Europa” (Feltrinelli, 2015) in cooperation with Centro Studi sul Federalismo, Turin, and Aiace
20 October 2015, Rome

Conference  with  Mario Monti  (former Italian Prime Minister and chairman of the EU High Level on Own Resources) on Which resources for the European Union and Eurozone budget?. In collaboration with the Center for Studies on Federalism.
19 October 2015, Turin

Past events Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) – Summer 2014


A Conference on “The Impact of US monetary policy on the Euro Area“, with Richard W. Fisher, President, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas was organised on 25 September, Rome.

A Closed-door seminar on “EU-Turkey Energy Cooperation in the Neighbourhood” was organised on 16 September, Rome.

A Seminar on “Serbia’s road to the EU“, with Tanja Miščević, Head of Negotiating Team for Accession of the Republic of Serbia to the EU was organised on 22 July, Rome

A Conference on “Tecnologia e innovazione per la difesa europea: riduzione delle spese militari e nuove sfide globali“, in cooperation with Avio Aero was organised on 11 July, Rome.
A video interview is available here.

A Seminar on “Verso una revisione della Strategia EU 2020: scenari ed opportunità future” was organised on 7 July, Rome. The Powerpoint presentation by A. Renda is available here.

A Seminar “The Unfulfilled promise: Completing the EU enlargement to the Balkans“, in cooperation with European Fund for the Balkans (EFB) was organised on 1 July, Rome.

A Seminar on: “Priorities of the Latvian Presidency of the EU“, with Edgars Rinkēvičs, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia was organised on 30 June, Rome.

A Conference with L. Tsoukalis su “The Unhappy State of the Union: A new grand bargain for Europe“, in the framework of the series “The future of the European economy” was organised on 30 June, Rome. Click here for the conference video.

A Final conference of the project “Towards a more united and effective Europe” was organised on 27 June, Rome
Click kere for the conference videos, photos and report.
More information about the project can be found here.

Past events at Real Instituto Elcano – Spring 2016



Presentation of the report “Spain in the World 2016: perspectives and challenges” and debate on the Spanish external action in this new political cycle’

18 February 2016

elcano 1Organised by Elcano Royal Institute. The analysts at the Elcano Royal Institute have written a collective report titled “España en el mundo durante 2016: perspectivas y desafíos”, which makes a prospective analysis on the Spanish external action towards the global, European and regional challenges to be addressed this year. Analysts from the main think-tanks on foreign affairs based in Spain debated on the foreign policy to be adopted in this new, complex political cycle. With the participation of Eduard Soler, Research Coordinator at CIDOB Barcelona Centre for International Affairs; Vicente Palacio, Deputy Director of OPEX, Fundación Alternativas; Francisco de Borja Lasheras, Deputy Director of ECFR Madrid office, and Ignacio Molina, Senior Analyst at Elcano Royal Institute. Moderated by Charles Powell, Director of the Elcano Royal Institute.

More information can be found here.

Debate: “Schengen in danger: the European response to the migration and refugee crisis”

8 March 2016

Organised by Elcano Royal Institute with the collaboration of Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. With the participation of Gil Arias Fernández, ex-Frontex Deputy Executive Director; Javier Carbajosa Sánchez, Spanish Embassador for the Special Mission of Migration Affairs; Alfred Pfaller, independent consultant and political economy analyst and RIE Senior Analysts Carmen González Enríquez and Félix Arteaga. Moderated by Emilio Lamo Espinosa, President of the Royal Institute Elcano.

More information can be found here.

Roundtable Discussion “The new political and economic cycle in Latin America”

30 March 2016

Organised by Elcano Royal Institute. The Roundtable Discussion analysed the change in dynamics in Latin America with a special focus on the most relevant political and economic factors. With the participation of José Gasset, Head of International Relations at Iberdrola; José Antonio Ocampo, Professor at the University of Columbia and RIE Senior Analysts Federico Steinberg  and Carlos Malamud. Moderated by Rafael Estrella, Vice-president of the Elcano Royal Institute.

More information can be found here.

International Colloquium: Spain-Israel: 30th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations, Future Perspectives And Challenges

4 April 2016

elcano2Organised by The Latin American Unit at the Truman Institute, The Department of Romance and Latin American Studies and The European Forum at the Hebrew University, in collaboration with the Elcano Royal Institute. Charles Powell, director of the Elcano Royal Institute, and Gonzalo Escribano, director of the Energy and Climate Change Programme at the Elcano Royal Institute, participated in this colloquium.

More information can be found here.

Elcano Debate “Europe’s Terrorism Threat: Challenges and Response”

14 April 2016

Organised by Elcano Royal Institute and Fundación Botín. The first cycle of “Elcano Debates”- after the recent terrorist attacks in Brussels and Paris we asked what is the nature of the current jihadists’ terrorist expressions in Europe, what are the internal and external dimensions of such threat and whether or not we are doing what needs to be done in terms of counter-terrorism policies and radicalization prevention. With the participation of Fernando Reinares, Director of Elcano’s Global Terrorism program; Jesús Núñez, Co-Director of the Institute of Studies on Conflicts and Humanitarian Action and Carola García-Calvo, Analyst of Elcano’s Global Terrorism program. Moderated by Emilio Lamo Espinosa, President of the Elcano Royal Institute.

More information can be found here.

Roundtable “The ASEAN Economic Community: Potentials and Opportunities for All”

20 april 2016


More information on this event can be found here.


Seminar “The geopolitics of TTIP”

21 April 2016


With a keynote speech by Jaime García Legaz, Deputy Minister for International Trade, Spain

The talks on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) are surrounded by controversy. European concerns about investment arbitration, transparency, and environmental and health standards have fuelled public opposition to a transatlantic trade deal. But absent in the debate about TTIP is a fair consideration of its foreign policy and strategic impact: What does a successful TTIP mean from a foreign policy perspective? And what could its strategic merit be? How will TTIP affect third countries? And what happens if a deal does not materialise?

More information can be found here.

Presentation “ Riga Dialogues Afterthoughts”, 14 September 2016, Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA)


14 September 14, 11:00
Hotel Bergs (Elizabetes iela 83/85)

Presentation of the Riga Dialogues Afterthoughts, a collection of articles published as a result of the “Riga Dialogue 2016: Building Bridges for Euro – Atlantic Security”. It will include contributions on security challenges faced by the Euroatlantic community and possible ways forward. For more information on these and other events, please follow or LIIA’s Twitter & Facebook.

Past events at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) – Autumn 2014


Seminar, “The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) – Challenges and Opportunities Ahead”
13 October 2014

The Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI), in collaboration with the US Embassy in Stockholm, organized a seminar on the US-EU trade and investment partnership, (TTIP). Discussion covered such timely questions as what are public attitudes towards free trade agreement between the US and Europe? What are the opportunities and challenges ahead in light of the new European Commission and Parliament? Will the mid- term elections for US legislators change the composition dynamics to the benefit or detriment of TTIP passage?

The full seminar is available on Youtube.

Also view a UI Focus interview with Bruce Stokes, Director of global economic attitudes, Pew Research Center, on the topic.

Seminar, Transatlantic Trends Survey 2014
11 September 2014

The Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI), the German Marshall Fund and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs held a seminar on the results of the Transatlantic Trends Survey 2014.
Transatlantic Trends is an annual survey measuring public opinion in the United States, Turkey, Russia, and ten European Union member states: France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. The survey explores how Europeans and Americans view the transatlantic relationship and different challenges facing the world. Sweden takes part in the survey for the fourth time this year.
The discussions covered: what actions are Europeans prepared to take to address the crisis in Ukraine? Is the EU doing enough to combat the economic crisis? Where do Americans want to work with Europe, and where do they want to work independently?

The full seminar is available on UI-play.

A UI Focus interview with Constance Stelzenmueller, German Marshall Fund can be found on Youtube.